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12:40 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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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 …
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
InfoWorld:
Nokia buys rest of Symbian, will make code open source
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
1.5 Million Australian Students Dump Outlook/Exchange For Gmail  —  Google just took away one of the world's largest Outlook/Exchange installations for 1.5 million students at Australian schools, and replaced it with Gmail.  More information is here.  —  The cost savings are substantial.
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Andrew Colley / NEWS.com.au:
Extra storage as students go Gmail
Discussion: Beyond Search and TechCrunchIT
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
 
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