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5:35 PM ET, July 9, 2007

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Google:
Google to Acquire Postini  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Postini, a global leader in on-demand communications security and compliance solutions serving more than 35,000 businesses and 10 million users worldwide.
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Dave Girouard / Official Google Blog:
Welcome, Postini team  —  We launched Google Apps so that it would be easier for employees to communicate and share information while reducing the hassles and costs associated with enterprise software.  Companies are responding: every day, more than 1,000 small businesses sign up for Google Apps.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Goes Corporate  —  Google agreed to buy Postini, which offers a service to help companies protect and control their e-mail , for $625 million in cash.  —  Postini started out with a service to identify and eliminate spam, and it expanded to offer other services as well …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ryan McIntyre / McInblog:
P&G (Postini and Google, of course)  —  I am excited to announce that Postini has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google for $625 million in cash, subject to working capital and other adjustments, and Postini will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Google.
Rajen Sheth / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Secure innovation - Postini joins the Google team  —  Since launching Google Apps last August, companies of all sizes have experienced the benefits of delivering simple, useful hosted applications to their employees.  However, larger organizations are frequently forced to choose between taking advantage …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google snaps up anti-spam and data security firm Postini  —  Google has announced a $625 million acquisition of Postini, a major provider of corporate communications security and spam filtering services.  Postini will become a wholly-owned Google subsidiary when the deal closes at the end of the third quarter.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google paying $625m to buy Postini — big move to provide serious applications
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and WebProNews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google buys Postini: How high can GOOG go?
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Kendra Marr / Washington Post:   Google to Buy Postini for $625 Million
David Berlind / ZDNet:   Podcast: Google & Postini execs discuss specifics of Google's Postini acquistion
Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
Microsoft's next move?  Code-name Falcon  —  Here's a trade secret that Microsoft is unlikely to publicly acknowledge.  —  Sony's cutting the price on the PlayStation 3.  How will Microsoft react?  We'll find out soon.  But a key part of the strategy is going to be a project code-named Falcon.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft has Xbox 360 price cuts in the works as well?  —  Oh, don't act so surprised.  Was there ever really any chance that Microsoft would let Sony get a free ride for long on price cuts and start swiping console sales?  Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter doesn't think so …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Piper Jaffray predicts 6th-gen iPods by January  —  Piper Jaffray analysts have decided to weigh in on the rumored 6th generation iPod this week, saying in a new report that they expect totally revamped iPods to be announced by January of 2008 according to MacNN.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Gizmodo
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MacNN:
Analyst: Mac OS X-based iPods by January
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Piper Sees New iPods That Look Like iPhones; Says Some …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Valleywag:
Facebook: "F— you, Yahoo, they're going IPO!"  —  "F— you, Yahoo, they're going IPO!"  —  Just in case you had any remaining doubts that Facebook is going public — a fact that Mark Zuckerberg's sister, Randi Jayne, profanely sings about in a video that's since been taken down — check out this job listing:
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Valleywag:   Family Business: A Facebook insider dances her way to the IPO
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel buys into VMWare  —  Intel and VMware announced today that Intel Capital is taking a $218.5 million stake in virtualization company VMWare.  Intel will purchase 9.5 million Class A shares at $23 per share, which, at the completion of VMware's forthcoming IPO, will give Intel about a 2.5 percent stake in the company.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mosh, Yahoo's New Social Network Initiative  —  Here's a juicy tip - we've been hearing about a new Yahoo social network initiative called Mosh, which is at mosh.yahoo.com but can only be accessed from inside the Yahoo offices.  If you happen to be using the guest wifi at Yahoo …
Alertbox:
Write Articles, Not Blog Postings … I recently served as a "consultant's consultant," advising a world leader in his field on what to do about his website.  In particular, this expert asked me whether he should start a weblog.  I said no.  —  You probably already know my own Internet strategy …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Next-gen iMacs to bundle new Apple keyboard  —  An overhaul to Apple Inc.'s popular line of iMac computers, now due in a matter of weeks, will see the company's latest industrial design efforts extend beyond the systems themselves, AppleInsider has learned.  —  The new all-in-one signature desktops …
Discussion: Crave, CrunchGear, Engadget and Gizmodo
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Last.fm Partners With Sony  —  Online social music network, Last.fm has partnered with Sony BMG Music Entertainment.  —  As part of the partnership Sony BMG will offer its catalogue of recordings to the 20 million users of Last.fm's radio streaming service.
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Buy Blog Comments - A Sick New Comment Spam Service Launches  —  I just had a rather disturbing email from a company advertising a new service called Buy Blog Comments (no follow tags used) promoting a new service offering to leave comment spam on blogs for those wanting to increase their SEO ranking.
 
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