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1:50 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.
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 …
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.
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Google To Purchase Postini For $625 Million  —  Google has announced that it is acquiring Postini, an on demand communications e-mail security company.  —  Google will pay $625 million for Postini and the company will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Google.
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:   Google Agrees to Purchase Postini for $625 Million
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google snaps up anti-spam and data security firm Postini
Discussion: TechSpot News
ZDNet:   Google to buy e-mail security company for $625 million
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Postini for $625 million
Inquirer:
Google grabs Postini for $625 million
Discussion: bit-tech.net
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Google Acquires Security and Enterprise Solutions Company - Postini
Discussion: New York Times
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Sony Cuts PlayStation 3 Prices as Many Xboxes Fail  —  Facing slower-than-expected sales of its PlayStation 3 video game system, Sony said it would announce Monday that it planned to lower the price of its console in the United States by $100, to $500, effective Thursday.
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Sony cuts price of PS3 on eve of E3
Jared Rea / Joystiq:
Sony confirms: 80GB PlayStation 3 and price drop for 60GB model
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 …
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 …
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Deborah Richman / Search Engine Watch:
Social and Portal Connections Underway
Discussion: Profy.Com
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: Tech Trader Daily and Gizmodo
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MacNN:
Analyst: Mac OS X-based iPods by January  —  Changes to the iPod may soon bring it in line with the iPhone, while avoiding cannibalized sales, according to a new outlook report.  Analysts at the research firm Piper Jaffray suggest that as expected, the next generation of iPods will be based …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Bill Ray / The Register:
Is your phone free?  —  OpenMoko sets Open source handset loose  —  The OpenMoko project has debuted what could be the ultimate geek handset: a Linux-based mobile phone, complete with an open-source operating system and application suite.  —  The Neo 1973 handset, which starts at $300 …
Discussion: CNET News.com and digg
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Can OpenMoko break the wireless monopoly?
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Mike Kobrin / CrunchGear:
Exclusive: iRiver Clix Rhapsody Review  —  The second-generation iriver Clix is an impressive little device, but iriver followed in SanDisk's footsteps and used its partnership with Rhapsody to create a pretty slick little end-to-end solution called the Clix Rhapsody.
Discussion: Mobility Site
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
iriver and Real team up for clix Rhapsody
Discussion: Anything But iPod
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Security Firm Auctions Bugs  —  A Swiss company has launched an eBay for details on unpatched security vulnerabilities.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Psst.  Want to buy a zero-day?  —  A Swiss startup called WabiSabiLabi Ltd. has some for sale, but to qualified buyers only.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Techdirt
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.
Discussion: Kotaku, Next Generation and Game | Life
Robert Hensing / Robert Hensing's Blog:
VISTA READYBOOST SUCKAGE & VISTA RESUME SLUGGISHNESS  —  Soo last week I finally figured out why sometimes my notebook takes forever to resume from an S3 / S4 sleep.  My notebook is a Dell D820 with a Core2 Duo and 2GB of RAM - yet its brought to its knees sometimes when I resume.
Paul Glazowski / Profy.Com:
Mass Video Streaming On The Web Reaches New Heights  —  Let me state right from the start that I am very, very skeptical about the veracity of the figure quoted by the organizers of this past weekend's Live Earth event in counting the event's audience - both online and offline.  Why?
Discussion: WebProNews
PR Newswire:
VMware and Intel Capital Announce Investment  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for virtualization solutions today announced that Intel Corporation, through its global investment arm, Intel Capital has agreed to become an investor in VMware.
 
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