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3:20 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.
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.
Kendra Marr / Washington Post:   Google to Buy Postini for $625 Million
Saul Hansell / New York Times:   Google Goes Corporate
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Google paying $625m to buy Postini — big move to provide serious applications
Reuters:
Sony cuts PS3 price by $100  —  Sony cut the price of the PlayStation 3 by $100, or 17 percent, in the United States on Monday, a move designed to boost the game console's lackluster sales.  —  The PlayStation 3, which includes a 60GB hard drive and a Blu-ray high-definition DVD player …
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Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Microsoft to slash price of Xbox 360 - Pachter  —  $80 off Elite, $50 off Premium models to maintain pricing advantage  —  Following Sony's USD 100 price cut announcement, leading industry analyst Michael Pachter has gone on record predicting that Microsoft will quickly follow its rivals' lead and slash prices on all Xbox 360 models.
Discussion: Engadget and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Sony cuts price of PS3 on eve of E3
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
Ian Smith / Download Squad:
Interview with Adobe AIR Evangelist Ryan Stewart  —  Ryan Stewart, Evangelist for Adobe's Integrated Runtime project (AIR), takes a few minutes to tell us what all the fuss is about.  Ryan taking part in Adobe's live cross-country bus tour to promote AIR.  The tour kicks July 10th at the Elysian Brewing Company in downtown Seattle.
Discussion: Scobleizer and on AIR
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
 
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