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10:00 AM ET, June 24, 2008

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Nokia:
Mobile leaders to unify the Symbian software platform and set the future of mobile free  —  Foundation to be established to provide royalty-free open platform and accelerate innovation  —  London, UK - Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and NTT DOCOMO announced today their intent to unite Symbian OS …
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Nokia Acquires Symbian; Takes on Google's Android  —  Nokia isn't finished with its acquisition spree just yet.  Tonight the Finnish company announced a plan to acquire the 52 per cent of Symbian it doesn't already own and make the platform open source.  Nokia clearly aims to challenge Android …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia buys Symbian, turns software over to Symbian Foundation  —  Nokia's been in bed with Symbian for many, many years through the development of its S60 platform — the world's most populous smartphone platform, dont'cha know — and they're taking that relationship to its endgame today …
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Symbian Goes Open Source - Courtesy of Nokia  —  Nokia have today announced that they will be acquiring the remaining 52% of Symbian they don't own and will be releasing the complete Symbian platform under the Eclipse open source license.  Nokia have also announced the creation of the Symbian Foundation …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
At Google, Slow Growth in News Site  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The death of Tim Russert of NBC News this month quickly became a top article on the nation's biggest news sites.  —  The front page of Google News took about an hour to catch up.  —  Google blamed a technical problem …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google to Unveil New Ad-Planning Tool  —  Google is expected to unveil a new ad-planning tool for agencies and marketers at an industry conference on Tuesday.  —  Word that the Internet search giant has something up its sleeve surfaced when the Advertising Research Foundation …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
No reprieve: XP phase-out begins June 30  —  XP petitioners: It's time to raise the white flag.  —  After months of rumors that Microsoft might rethink its decision to pull the plug on Windows XP, the official word is out: XP is on its way out.  —  Microsoft is sticking to its plan …
Discussion: WinBeta
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
XP: Microsoft Does the Right Thing
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
What's Obscene?  Google Could Have an Answer  —  Judges and jurors who must decide whether sexually explicit material is obscene are asked to use a local yardstick: does the material violate community standards?  —  That is often a tricky question because there is no simple, concrete way to gauge a community's tastes and values.
Reyhan Harmanci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Web TV is a hit.  So where's the big money?  —  With an average monthly viewership of 1.5 million people, “Break a Leg,” the Internet video series about the making of a sitcom in San Francisco, is ahead of its time.  Brothers Yuri and Vlad Baranovsky the 24- and 30-year-old co-creators of the show …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Oracle / SAP increase prices  —  Don't you jump for joy to learn Oracle has raised prices 15%-20% across major product lines?  SAP fans shouldn't feel left out, since that company has increased support costs by 5%.  —  Sensationalist technology rag, The Register, discusses the Oracle increase in flowering terms:
IDG News Service:
Lenovo to Offer New ThinkPad Line for SMBs  —  Lenovo on Monday confirmed plans to launch a new ThinkPad laptop line, the SL series, with features and support services geared toward small and medium-size businesses.  —  Priced from US$699 to $1,199, the laptops will come with online backup services …
Discussion: The Register, Engadget and UMPC Buzz
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Helio Closing Stores.  Time To Hang Up?  —  “Virtual” wireless carrier Helio could be on its last legs.  We hear that it's finally closing its barren retail stores this week, confirming a few earlier reports.  And even if a last-ditch sale to rival Virgin Mobile (VM) happens, we doubt Helio has much left to offer the mobile industry.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Gates' big send-off  —  REDMOND, Wash.—If you ask Bill Gates what life will be like when he stops working full time at Microsoft, he'll have to get back to you.  —  That's because, a week away from the transition, he still hasn't slowed down his pace.  If anything, things have picked …
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, Forbes and Gizmodo
AppleInsider:
Five undisclosed features of Apple's Mac OS X Snow Leopard  —  Although Apple is marketing Mac OS X Snow Leopard as an operating system update with “no new features,” under the hood improvements will actually translate into a slew of new enhancements, five of which are described herein.
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Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
Ten Big New Features in Mac OS X Snow Leopard
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Dieter Bohn / The iPhone Blog:
Samsung Instinct vs. iPhone 2G
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
3-D chat room company IMVU hits 20 million members
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Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
Because life takes Visa... and Facebook
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Adobe:
Security Update available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8.1.2
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Technology Leaders Favor Online ID Card Over Passwords
IDG News Service:
Report: Panasonic Eyes 37-inch OLED TV
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Evernote's Launches Publicly, Announces Upcoming API
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The Macalope:
Those iPhone Suckers  —  On Friday, John Gruber noticed …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and kottke.org
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Are social ads getting too much? Try “FriendRank”
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Emily Yahr / Washington Post:
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