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7:40 PM ET, July 2, 2007

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Barryg / Announcements:
Update on the Windows Ultimate Extras  —  When we launched Windows Vista in January 2007, we identified Windows Ultimate Extras as a unique series of add-ons that would be available to Windows Vista Ultimate customers.  To date, we have released four sets of Extras - Windows Hold'Em …
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Ultimate team provides an update on Extras  —  The Windows Ultimate Extras Team today posted a short notice on the Windows Vista Ultimate site updating the community on the status of Ultimate Extras; go here to read their post.  To sum it up for you here, the team recognizes that they've …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says more Vista Ultimate add-ons are in the pipeline
Discussion: WinExtra
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
The Ultimate Extras Team Speaks! (Finally)
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Wesley Chan / Official Google Blog:
All aboard  —  We're pleased to announce that we have acquired GrandCentral Communications, a company that provides services for managing your voice communications.  GrandCentral is an innovative service that lets users integrate all of their existing phone numbers and voice mailboxes into one account …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Should Announce GrandCentral Acquisition Today or Tomorrow  —  A follow up to our post a week ago: A source close to the deal has confirmed to us that Google has closed the acquisition of GrandCentral and will be announcing it this week, probably today or tomorrow.
Discussion: CrunchBase and CostPerNews
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Grand Central acquired by Google for $50 million?
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Yahoo!:
Yahoo!'s New ''SmartAds'' Meld Brand and Direct Response Advertising  —  Innovative, Patent-Pending Ad Delivery Platform Allows Marketers to Present Highly Targeted Online Display Ads in Real Time to Match a User's Distinctive, Expressed Interests  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jul 02, 2007 …
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Louise Story / New York Times:
Online Customized Ads Move a Step Closer  —  Yahoo will announce new tools for online advertising today that could pull the company ahead in the race for what is called "behavioral targeting," that is, the ability to better tailor online advertisements to the people most likely to buy.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Yahoo SmartAds Tackles Online Display Advertising's Customization Problem
Reuters:
SK Telecom, EarthLink to put $100 mln each in JV  —  SEOUL, July 2 (Reuters) - South Korea's SK Telecom Co. (017670.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) and U.S. Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. (ELNK.O: Quote, Profile, Research) plan to inject up to $100 million each in Helio …
Discussion: alarm:clock, GigaOM and mocoNews.net
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Ellison's NetSuite Headed for IPO  —  Oracle's chief executive plans to take his accounting software company public in a September auction.  Critics worry about his role  —  Make way for Larry Ellison's other company.  NetSuite, begun in 1998 with a slice of the personal fortune of the Oracle …
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Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
NetSuite Decides To Go Dutch For Date With Public Market
Discussion: The Register and alarm:clock
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
NetSuite preps long awaited IPO
Discussion: The Browser
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Universal in Dispute With Apple Over iTunes  —  Steven P. Jobs, the co-founder and chief executive of Apple, is an emerging force in the mobile phone business, thanks to the snaking lines of gadget fans who queued up last week to buy the iPhone.  But now he faces a headache in an industry Apple already dominates — digital music.
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Harrison Hoffman / Webware.com:
UNIVERSAL MUSIC IS BATTLING WITH STEVE JOBS
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
Tony Halpin / Times of London:
Russia shuts down Allofmp3.com  —  The music download website whose activities threatened to scupper Russia's entry into the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has been shut down.  —  The site, Allofmp3.com, was quietly closed as the Kremlin sought to end criticism from the United States …
Discussion: Slyck
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:   AllOfMP3 Shut Down by Russian Government
CNNMoney.com:
iPhone sales said to hit half-million  —  New Apple device lives up to the hype, though some buyers have activation woes; availability mixed at Apple Stores heading into new week.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Opening weekend sales of iPhones may have reached 500,000, according to an analyst's estimate …
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Are my online friends for real?  —  As Facebook continues its explosive growth here's one question troubling me.  Are my friends for real?  —  This week I received this intriguing message from a man who moves in London's new media circles.  —  He wrote: "I met somebody the other day who told …
Discussion: broadstuff and rexblog.com
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
A Player of Video Games and Politics  —  Michael D. Gallagher does not make video games.  He doesn't review them.  He doesn't sell them.  But recently he became one of the most important people in the video-game industry and, by extension, a powerful shaper of the digital entertainment consumed …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft document formats gain Mass. favor  —  Massachusetts has proposed changing its standards policy to make room for Microsoft Office document formats.  —  The state's Information Technology Division on Monday posted a draft proposal, part of a periodic revision to its overall technical architecture …
Discussion: Computerworld and Matusow's Blog
 
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Missy Krasner / Official Google Blog:
Google and health care
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Get-rich-quick iPhone schemes not paying off
Discussion: Newsvine and Macsimum News
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
New Media Meets Old: A Look at Redesigned Mainstream News Sites
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Sony, Nielsen collaborate on in-game advertising metrics
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
Patrick Mannion / EE Times:
Under the Hood: Inside the Apple iPhone
Jonathan Hemingway / Broadcasting & Cable:
Moffett: Telco Threat is Over-Hyped
Discussion: dslreports.com
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Rival Manufacturers Chasing the iPhone
Tom Ivan / Next Generation:
South Korea Taxing Virtual Worlds
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Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Apps on Facebook
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Virgin Media Confirms Takeover Approach
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
CNET News.com:
'Grand Theft Auto' mod virus uses YouTube to spread
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
How SEOmoz Built One Million Links in Thirty-Three Months
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Taking the iPhone Apart
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Mobo makers say AMD Phenom delayed until 1Q08, but AMD says launch …
Washington Post:
Calling In Pros to Refine Your Google Image