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3:00 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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Symbian, iPhone & the New Mobile Reality  —  Nokia, already a stakeholder in mobile OS maker Symbian, has announced that it will buy the remainder of the company and throw all the assets into a new platform called the Symbian Foundation, which will unite all the flavors of Symbian into a single …
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 …
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sources: Microsoft And Yahoo Talks Back On  —  We've got multiple sources at both Yahoo and Microsoft telling us that official talks are back on between the two companies.  But we're hearing something different than CNET - the talks are about a full buyout again, not a sweetened search-only deal.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft and Yahoo In Talks: Two Sources Say “Not Discussing Buyout”  —  Yahoo (YHOO) and Microsoft (MSFT) are talking again, say TechCrunch, CNET, and an SAI source.  —  TechCrunch's sources say the two are talking about a full buyout.  One of our sources was highly skeptical of this.
Discussion: Digital Daily and CNBC
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 …
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Matt Simmons / The Official Google Blog:
More real-time quotes on Google Finance
Discussion: Webware.com and AppScout
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan / Wall Street Journal:
J.C. Penney Faults Fake Ad on YouTube  —  Recent Branding Effort Is Mimicked in Video; Saatchi Cites a Vendor  —  J.C. Penney Co. officials are upset about a racy, fake advertisement on YouTube in which the retailer appears to be endorsing teen sex, and they are blaming the company's ad agency, Saatchi & Saatchi.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Gawker
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
The Ad J.C. Penney Doesn't Want You to See
Discussion: The Stalwart and HipMojo.com
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 …
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.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google The “Moral Compass” Of The US Justice System?
Discussion: Contentinople
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Pledges Windows XP Support Through 2014  —  Microsoft may have little choice but to support XP for an extended period since most of its business customers have not upgraded to Windows Vista.  —  In an unprecedented move, Microsoft has committed to providing support services …
Discussion: TechSpot
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
After Steve Jobs: Handicapping Apple's back bench  —  “You know, I think it wouldn't be a party,” Steve Jobs told Fortune in February, describing the future of his company if, as he put it, Jobs got hit by a bus.  “But there are really capable people at Apple. ...
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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: eWeek and Gizmodo
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Room For Yet Another TV-On-The-Web Service?  Yes, Says TV-On-The-Web Startup TidalTV  —  Scott Ferber knows a thing about launching companies in a crowded field — he co-founded Advertising.com in 1998, DoubleClick was dominant and Bubble 1.0 was approaching its peak.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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.
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Google's Gmail verboten in Germany  —  Travelers to Germany will no longer be able to access Google's Gmail the easy way due to the firm's long-running trademark lawsuit with German businessman Daniel Giersch.  —  As from Friday, German Gmail users and travelers in Germany are greeted …
Discussion: AppScout
 
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