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3:29 AM ET, July 3, 2007

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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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Vincent / GrandCentral Blog:
We're now part of Google!  —  We wanted to let you know that GrandCentral has been acquired by Google!  We're particularly excited about this because it ensures that not only will we have the resources to continue to bring you even more innovative communications features down the road …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GrandCentral pulls into Google  —  Google, continuing its start-up gobbling ways has acquired GrandCentral, the company announced today.  This rumor did the rounds last month.  While they are not talking shekels just yet, we are told the Minor Ventures-backed company fetched north of $50 million.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Should Announce GrandCentral Acquisition Today or Tomorrow
Discussion: CrunchBase and MarketingVOX
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Grand Central acquired by Google for $50 million?
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   Google Acquires GrandCentral - Game on Skype!
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 …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
AllOfMP3 Shut Down by Russian Government  —  Before the shutdown AllOfMP3 had nearly 6 million users who were able to download songs and albums for a fraction of the price from authorized alternatives such as the iTunes Store.  MP3s were sold for $0.20 per song, or less.
Tai Adelaja / The Moscow Times:
Target of U.S. Ire Quietly Goes Offline  —  If Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin tire of squabbling about Kosovo and missile defense, there is one thing they can turn to without heated words: AllofMP3.com.  —  The embattled online music store appears to have quietly lost its battle …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Slyck
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:   Russia Shuts Down Allofmp3, International Trade Can Now Resume
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
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
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Apps on Facebook  —  Zoho Applications (Writer, Sheet and Show) are now available on Facebook and we are excited about this.  We got several requests from many users and well wishers like Krish asking us to do this integration.  Considering the fact that 30% of our users are students, we couldn't resist.
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Dennis Howlett / AccMan:
Zoho Office on Facebook
Discussion: Between the Lines
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 …
Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
NetSuite Decides To Go Dutch For Date With Public Market  —  The concept of Dutch auction IPOs has been around for some time, but despite its promise of being fairer to investors, the concept hasn't really gained much traction on Wall Street.  Without a doubt, Google's IPO is the most prominent company …
Discussion: alarm:clock and The Register
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Ellison's NetSuite Headed for IPO
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, mocoNews.net and GigaOM
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Missy Krasner / Official Google Blog:
Google and health care  —  In a world of 24/7 news cycles, a summer weekend can bring considerable — and unanticipated — excitement.  Take for example the reaction we've just seen to an item on our new health advertising blog.  Frankly, we were surprised by the pickup, but perhaps we shouldn't have been.
Editor and Publisher:
100 New TV and Radio Sites Join AP's OVN  —  NEW YORK 85 more radio and 15 new television stations have added AP's Online Video Network and MSN player technology to their Web sites.  —  OVN affiliates can use their own content to leverage AP breaking news video and national advertising sales managed …
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Four factors determine how much a Facebook app is worth  —  Many people have been asking what a facebook app is worth.  —  Andrew Chen at MDV says in an interview with Insidefacebook that a facebook app user is worth about 1% of a user on your website.  —  Read Write Web points …
Discussion: Download Squad
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Zenith Sees Rosier Picture For Online Advertising  —  The internet will grow six times faster than traditional media between 2006 and 2009 and increase its share of the ad market from 6.1 percent to 9.4 percent, according to Publicis Groupe's ZenithOptimedia.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
BSA announces $1 million reward for piracy snitches  —  Do you work for a business that's pirating software for its own internal use?  If so, you could be in for a windfall if you report it to the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in time.  The BSA announced today that they are increasing …
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Battousai / GaX:
The Darkness - Banned in Singapore  —  It's official now, coming straight from the folks from New Era - the distributor responsible for bringing in games from 2K.  The Darkness is officially banned in Singapore for what the local censorship have dubbed excessive violence.
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and Game | Life
 
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Moffett: Telco Threat is Over-Hyped
Discussion: dslreports.com
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Rival Manufacturers Chasing the iPhone
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
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