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12:05 AM ET, June 20, 2007

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Karen / Official Google Blog:
More sharing  —  We're pleased to announce that we've acquired the assets of Zenter, a company that provides software for creating online slide presentations.  —  You've heard us talk a lot about using the web to improve group collaboration and information sharing.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Enter Zenter, Google Office is now complete  —  Google has snapped up yet another start-up - Zenter, which is building online presentations.  This is yet-another-exit for YCombinator, the madrassa of the Web 2.0 crowd.  In Microsoft world those are known as PowerPoints.
Discussion: WebProNews and Between the Lines
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Zenter; Y Combinator Gets Another Payday  —  Google made another acquisition announcement today - they've bought a company called Zenter ("a company that provides software for creating online slide presentations") to help complete their upcoming Powerpoint/presentation application.
evhead:   Zenter -> Goog  —  Congrats to Wayne and Robby.
Kat / Google LatLong:
Add your reviews to businesses on Google Maps  —  Posted by Jonathan Goldman, Software Engineer, Google Maps  —  The Cheeseboard Pizza Collective in Berkeley is one of my favorite places on the planet.  My friends and co-workers will tell you, I can't really shut up about the place.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Google kills Yelp... story at 11
Gregg Goldstein / Hollywood Reporter:
'Sicko' leaks have studios crying foul  —  Clips uploaded to YouTube in 14 chunks  —  NEW YORK — YouTube has removed clips of Michael Moore's U.S. health-care expose "Sicko" that appeared on the site during the weekend, two weeks before the film's June 29 opening.
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Guardian:
Moore lays into Sicko YouTube stunt  —  Staff and agencies  —  Sicko, Michael Moore's Cannes-selected documentary about the US healthcare system, opened in New York last night amid controversy over leaked extracts of the film on the net.  —  Yesterday YouTube pulled clips of the movie …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Epicenter and New York Times
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Microsoft Will Alter Vista Operating System  —  Microsoft has agreed to make changes to its Windows Vista operating system in response to a complaint by Google that a feature of Vista is anticompetitive, lawyers involved in the case said on Tuesday.  —  The settlement, reached in recent days …
Discussion: TechCrunch and All about Microsoft
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft will alter Vista to address search concerns
Discussion: Engadget
Randall Bennett / wirelessinfo.com Blog:
Cell phones on a plane!:  Airbus gets approval in Europe  —  Uh oh... European airline passengers' dreams of flying the quiet skies might be on their way out as AirBus just received approval for an on-board mobile phone system from the EASA, the European Aircraft Safety Agency (think FAA for Europe.)
Discussion: zedgeHeadz, Engadget and Gizmodo
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Thomas Crampton / International Herald Tribune:
Europe opens the door to in-flight phoning
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Web Office Suite: Who's Leading The Pack?  —  This morning Zoho will release their latest Web Office app, Meeting, as a public beta.  It's a good opportunity to consider what progress each of the main Web Office vendors is making towards a full Web Office Suite.
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Between the Lines:
Zoho sets out to challenge the software world
Discussion: Zoho Blogs
Noheat:
Nintendo and Apple to partner on games for iPhone  —  If you can't beat them join them.  With the iPhone days away from being launched Nintendo has apparently begun working with Apple, licensing a limited amount of content for the new phone.  It was rumored a while back that Nintendo …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Exchange Exchange … TUESDAY, 19 JUNE 2007 … MONDAY, 18 JUNE 2007
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:   Is The iPhone Insecure?  —  With its science fiction features …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Just Asking...  I've found myself more and more wary of doing things that I'd like to do with Google applications simply out of some primal, lizard brain fear of giving too much control of my data to one source.  It's not that I don't trust Google, it's not that I don't like the applications …
Discussion: louisgray.com and JD on EP
François Bancilhon / Mandriva Blog:
We will not go to Canossa  —  Novell, Xandros and Linspire have signed well publicized agreements with Microsoft.  —  Rumors on the Web have hinted that we might be next on the list.  So we would like to clarify our position.  —  At Mandriva, we believe working in heterogeneous environments is essential to our customers.
Discussion: Jeremy's Blog and digg
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What to doo with Yahoo?  —  The big win for Yahoo was My.Yahoo, it was the perfect example of send them away to get them to come back.  Any comeback for Yahoo must include revitalizing this service, quickly, because this is yet another area where Google is gaining ground on the sleeping giant.
Ben Ames / InfoWorld:
Gateway recalls 14,000 notebook batteries  —  (InfoWorld) - Gateway Inc. is recalling 14,000 batteries used in its notebook PCs after four customers reported that their computers had overheated, a similar condition to the massive battery recall that swept the industry in 2006.
BBC:
Censors ban 'brutal' video game  —  British censors have banned a violent video game from the UK for the first time in a decade.  —  The video game Manhunt 2 was banned for its "unrelenting focus on stalking and brutal slaying", the British Board of Film Classification said.
Discussion: Techdirt and CNET News.com
Microsoft:
Microsoft Enhances Virtual Earth Product in Great Britain With High-Resolution 3-D Height Data From Intermap Technologies  —  Update delivers a more seamless and accurate 3-D experience.  —  Microsoft Corp. and Intermap Technologies Corp. today announced the launch of Microsoft's enhanced …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
AMD considering getting out of fabrication business  —  2007 has not been kind to AMD.  The company saw its workstation market share slip, has taken on $2 billion of new debt, lost almost $1.2 billion over the past two quarters, has been unable to close the gap with Intel when it comes to CPU performance …
Discussion: The Tech Report and InfoWorld
 
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Guys Kicked from eBay Conference?
Doree / Gawker:
Platform Agnosticism: 'Time' Shoving Its Reluctant Writers Online
Discussion: Lost Remote and Romenesko
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Travelers Deserve Protection from Baseless Laptop Searches
Juan Carlos Perez / InfoWorld:
Yahoo improves mobile suite
Agence France Presse:
Yahoo to launch internet for mobiles in 12 countries
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Rock Band guitar shown in latest GameStop newsletter
Discussion: Engadget, Xbox 360 Fanboy and digg
Business Wire:
Kevin McClatchy Acquires Minority Stake in Gather.com
Discussion: paidContent.org and 901am
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
No crowding those AT&T stores before iPhone launch...
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
YouTube begins rolling out international sites, new mobile support
Discussion: Neowin.net
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: 13 book hacks for the library crowd
Discussion: digg
PR Newswire:
U.K. Internet Users Leading Consumers of Online Video
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Analysts: Microsoft flaw opened door to scammers
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
Voice Chat Can Really Kill the Mood on WoW
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Appeals court: Feds can't secretly seize e-mail without a warrant
Discussion: digg
Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
Father of Sony PlayStation steps down
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
YouTube Launches Nine Country Sites; UK, Brazil, Japan Included
 

 
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Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Slack message: NYT's probe into whether staff leaked confidential information about its Gaza war coverage ended without any conclusive findings

 
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