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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 …
Nokia:
Nokia to acquire Symbian Limited to enable evolution of the leading open mobile platform  —  Visionary move embraces openness and accelerates innovation  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced it has launched a cash offer to acquire all of the shares of Symbian Limited that Nokia does not already own …
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
InfoWorld:
Nokia buys rest of Symbian, will make code open source
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Nokia buys Symbian, opens it for war with Google Android
Discussion: BBC, Today @ PC World and PalmAddicts
Emel Mutlu / Inside AdWords:
Introducing Google Ad Planner  —  If you're a media planner at an ad agency, you know that planning an online display buy can be challenging, particularly in scaling your campaign's reach while keeping it relevant for your target audience.  Plus, how do you keep track of the millions of sites …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Ad Planner Launches, Offers Site Demographic Profiles  —  Google has launched Google Ad Planner as an invite-only beta.  It's designed to allow advertisers to identify sites with demographics they're interested in — even sites that aren't part of Google's advertising network.
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 …
Berryshack:
New Leaked Blackberry Kickstart Pictures!  —  An Anonymous source has leaked exclusive Never-Before-Seen pictures of the much anticipated BlackBerry Kickstart.  —  Lets get to the pictures.  —  Speculated Specifications of the Kickstart are as follows.
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.
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Cisco Extends Virtualization Reach  —  Cisco announces new, upgraded products as part of its Data Center 3.0 push.  —  Cisco Systems wants to take the mystery out of virtualization.  —  With virtualization spreading quickly from its roots as a server consolidation play into almost every aspect of IT …
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: Forbes, Gizmodo and Microsoft Watch
Andrew Colley / NEWS.com.au:
Extra storage as students go Gmail  —  GOOGLE has edged out some of the biggest brands in the enterprise IT services market to pick up another major contract win in Australia's education sector.  —  Google partner SMS Management and Technology has emerged as the leading bidder to supply …
Discussion: Beyond Search and TechCrunchIT
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
1.5 Million Australian Students Dump Outlook/Exchange For Gmail
Nokia:
A perfect fusion of features and services - the Nokia N78 now available in US  —  Newest Nseries device enhances the mobile lifestyle by merging new technologies and Ovi services  —  New York, NY, USA - Starting today, convergence craving consumers across the United States can set their sights …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Engadget Mobile
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
Because life takes Visa... and Facebook  —  Visa is teaming up with Facebook, investing $2 million in advertising and introducing a social networking application for small business owners.  —  Visa plans to announce today that it is launching an application on Facebook for small business owners …
Discussion: FaceReviews, Mashable! and WebProNews
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.
 
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