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11:35 AM ET, June 24, 2008

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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 …
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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
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Inside the Latest iPhone  —  For the upcoming iPhone 3G, Apple has reduced manufacturing and component costs by more than $50 per unit, says iSuppli  —  Apple packed a lot of features into the latest version of the iPhone but managed to keep a tight lid on the cost of components that go into it.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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