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1:15 PM 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 …
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 …
Cassell Bryan-Low / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia to Buy Phone-Software Firm
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Nokia buys Symbian, opens fire on Android, Windows Mobile and iPhone
Discussion: Open Gardens
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Symbian Goes Open Source - Courtesy of Nokia
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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AdAge:
Yahoo-Google Deal Runs Into Resistance  —  Fear of Higher Prices, Less Competition, Loss of Privacy Among Concerns Raised by Advertisers and Lawmakers  —  WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) — Yahoo's agreement with Google for online search ads may be generating some pricing and antitrust worries from advertisers …
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.
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: Gizmodo, Microsoft Watch and Forbes
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 …
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 …
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.
Ray Pellecchia / NYSE:
New York Stock Exchange Today Launches NYSE Realtime Stock Prices  —  The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), a subsidiary of NYSE Euronext (NYX), today will introduce NYSE Realtime Stock Prices, a new data product that enables Internet and media organizations to buy real-time …
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 …
logitech.com:
Logitech Unveils First Mac-Compatible Webcam with Premium Autofocus Technology, Carl Zeiss Optics  —  Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro for Mac Delivers Image-Perfect Detail, Exceptional Video Calling with iChat and Skype  —  To help you stay close to those who matter most, Logitech (SWX: LOGN) …
 
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