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8:40 PM ET, June 19, 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
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
YouTube Launches Nine Country Sites; UK, Brazil, Japan Included  —  At a Paris press conference, YouTube unveiled localized versions for Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Poland, Spain and the UK (Germany is missing).  Initially, the sites get translated homepages, search functions and interfaces.
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
YouTube in 9 more domains  —  Posted by Sakina Arsiwala, International Manager, YouTube  —  The YouTube community began life speaking English, but thanks to the uniquely expressive medium of video, today there is a global village of content makers and viewers.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
YouTube begins rolling out international sites, new mobile support
Discussion: Neowin.net
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.
Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
Father of Sony PlayStation steps down  —  TOKYO - The chief architect of Sony's PlayStation game console stepped down Tuesday as the Japanese company struggles to defend its dominance in the video game industry and revive its reputation as an electronics pioneer.
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Court Protects Email from Secret Government Searches  —  Landmark Ruling Gives Email Same Constitutional Protections as Phone Calls  —  San Francisco - The government must have a search warrant before it can secretly seize and search emails stored by email service providers …
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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: Engadget, zedgeHeadz and Gizmodo
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Thomas Crampton / International Herald Tribune:
Europe opens the door to in-flight phoning
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Is The iPhone Insecure?  —  With its science fiction features and high-end price tag, Apple's iPhone may be the ultimate executive toy.  All the uber-gadget lacks, according to some security professionals, is executive-level security.  And that, they worry, makes the iPhone a hacker's playground.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Study: Inkjet printers are filthy, lying thieves  —  A new study says that on average, more than half of the ink from inkjet cartridges is wasted when users toss them in the garbage.  Why is that interesting?  According to the study, users are tossing the cartridges when their printers …
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:   Inkjet Vendors — Yet Again — Look Scammy
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 …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel moving toward graphics hardware upgrade  —  Intel has released an early version of drivers for its G965 integrated graphics chipset, and is on schedule for an August release of the final version.  —  The G965, released last year, was supposed to be a huge leap forward in integrated graphics performance for the company.
Discussion: Inquirer and Macsimum News
MediaShift:
'Cup Is Overflowing' for Future of Journalism  —  If there is one overriding debate in the world of journalism, it's whether technology and the Internet are going to doom traditional reporting or strengthen it in the long run.  Putting it bluntly, is journalism's cup half full or half empty?
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.
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Take 2 refuses to clarify $50 million GTA IV deal  —  Publisher quiet on exclusive episodic content  —  Take 2 has refused to clarify comments from chief financial officer Laine Goldstein that suggest the publisher received USD 50 million (EUR 37.3m / GBP 25.2m) from Microsoft for exclusive GTA IV episodic content.
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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
IBM sees big future in 3D, but probably not in Second Life  —  IBM, one of the nation's largest companies, sees a big future in 3D worlds — but it probably won't be with Second Life.  —  IBM has been eager to try out 3D marketing, for reasons we'll get to.
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 …
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
PR Newswire:
U.K. Internet Users Leading Consumers of Online Video  — 80 Percent of Surfers Streamed Video in April, Spending 10 Percent of Their Online Time Viewing Videos  —  comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a study of video streaming in the U.K. The study showed …
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.
Joshua Zumbrun / Washington Post:
Small-Screen 'Prom Queen' Clicks With Online Audience  —  Whenever the season finale of a show has guns, pills, a crazy assistant principal, at least one knife and an auditorium full of improbably attractive teenagers in prom gowns and tuxes, you know it's going to be "good," at least in the sense that …
 
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Yahoo! News:
Antitrust gripes prompt Vista changes: source  —  CHICAGO …
Discussion: Bink.nu
Gregg Goldstein / Hollywood Reporter:
'Sicko' leaks have studios crying foul
Discussion: Cinematical and CinemaTech
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
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
AMD considering getting out of fabrication business
Discussion: The Tech Report
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: 13 book hacks for the library crowd
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 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / A+E Interactive:
Tanya reviews Pony Friends for the Nintendo DS From Eidos
Discussion: Game | Life and Go Nintendo
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Analysts: Microsoft flaw opened door to scammers
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Semel exit masks yet another bad quarter at Yahoo
The Macalope:
The Macalope Sells Out  —  The Macalope is pleased to announce …
Discussion: GracefulFlavor and MacUser
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Safari ushers in better browser colors