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9:10 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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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.
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: Between the Lines and WebProNews
evhead:
Zenter -> Goog  —  Congrats to Wayne and Robby.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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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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
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
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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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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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 …
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
Voice Chat Can Really Kill the Mood on WoW  —  Recently I logged into World of Warcraft and I wound up questing alongside a mage and two dwarf warriors.  I was the lowest-level newbie in the group, and the mage was the de-facto leader.  He coached me on the details of each new quest …
Discussion: Second Life Insider, Slashdot and digg
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.
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 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.
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
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.
 
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Yahoo! News:
Antitrust gripes prompt Vista changes: source  —  CHICAGO …
Discussion: Bink.nu
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
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: 13 book hacks for the library crowd
Discussion: digg
Dean Takahashi / A+E Interactive:
Tanya reviews Pony Friends for the Nintendo DS From Eidos
Discussion: Game | Life and Go Nintendo
PR Newswire:
U.K. Internet Users Leading Consumers of Online Video
 Earlier Items: 
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
Joshua Zumbrun / Washington Post:
Small-Screen 'Prom Queen' Clicks With Online Audience