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8:50 AM ET, June 23, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Google's Mobile-Handset Plans Are Slowed  —  ‘Android’ Launch Is Being Delayed As Carriers Struggle  —  Google Inc. is learning that changing the cellphone industry isn't easy.  —  The Internet giant and more than 30 partners announced in November a bold plan for a new breed of handsets based …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Delayed: Android, aka Google Phone  —  If you are a start-up targeting the mobile industry, then you are well aware of the slow moving ways of incumbents, equipment makers and of course handset makers.  You are made aware of their equally glacial ways when you come from the opposite end of the spectrum, Silicon Valley.
Discussion: Beyond Search and ForbesOnTech
Electronista:
Android phone makers struggle with delays  —  Phone designers creating the first Google Android-based cellphones are seeing crucial delays that will force them to miss an end-of-year target, the Wall Street Journal says.  While the heavily discussed launch of a T-Mobile USA-branded phone …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Germany's Plazes Acquired By Nokia  —  Berlin, Germany based Plazes, a location based social network (and one of the first startups we ever wrote about here on TechCrunch, back in 2005), has been acquired by Finland-based Nokia, the companies are announcing today.  The price is not being disclosed.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Nokia Buys Location-Based Social Net Plazes  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) is continuing on its social media related acquisition trail: it has now bought out Zurich and Berlin-based social networking service Plazes.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Founded in Dec. 2005 …
Felix / blog.plazes.com:
Nokia announces the acquisition of Plazes
Discussion: All About Symbian and Startup Meme
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Delaying News in the Era of the Internet  —  WHEN the NBC News host Tim Russert died on June 13, NBC tried to hold back the news from going public for more than an hour to notify his family vacationing in Italy and presumably to prepare for what became six hours of coverage on its cable news outlet, MSNBC.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wikipedia Updater Fired For Scooping NBC on Tim Russert's Death  —  When Tim Russert collapsed ten days ago, his colleagues at NBC held off reporting the news for almost two hours so his family wouldn't hear about it from the media.  They also asked other TV networks to hold off reporting it, which they apparently agreed to do.
Discussion: The Blog Herald and CrunchGear
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Makes A Cloud Computer?  —  The relative success and cult-like popularity of Asus' Eee cloud computer has helped raise the level of interest in what's being called a new class of computers.  Some call the new machines UMPCs, others have labeled them Netbooks and many are safely labeling them handhelds.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
ABC Moves to Expand Its Reach on Video Web Sites  —  SAN FRANCISCO — ABC, the stingiest of the major television networks when it comes to syndicating its programs across the Web, is loosening up a little.  —  The network, owned by the Walt Disney Company, is expected to announce on Monday …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   Veoh to Get Paid to Link to ABC
John Leyden / The Register:
Rare Mac Trojan exploits Apple vuln  —  A rare Mac OS X Trojan has been spotted on the internet.  —  The AppleScript-THT Trojan horse exploits a vulnerability within the Apple Remote Desktop Agent to load itself with root privileges onto compromised Mac machines.
Dana Epp / Dana Epp's ramblings at the Sanctuary:
How trustworthy can OpenID be if the developers of it like SixApart themselves don't trust it?  —  For years I have been a fan of OpenID.  I like the concept of a single digital identity to be used across the Internet, and I think the people behind the project has some great ideas.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
What Privacy Policy?  —  Want to know how well a company protects its customers' data?  Don't talk to its security and compliance officers.  Instead, try its marketing department.  —  A study released Monday by the privacy-focused Ponemon Institute and funded by e-mail marketing firm Strongmail reveals …
Peter Glaskowsky / CNET News.com:
First Montalvo patent issues  —  Finally, I can call myself an inventor.  —  I've been inventing things for almost 20 years now, but Montalvo Systems was the first company I worked for that took intellectual property seriously.  (That was no coincidence; it was also the first company …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Financial Times:
Beatles seek to join video game revolution  —  By Joshua Chaffin in New York and Chris Nuttall in San Francisco  —  Beatles representatives are in talks with two companies to create a Beatles-themed video game in a move that could pave the way for a broader licensing of the Fab Four's catalogue.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Forget Digital Music, Beatles On Talks For Video Games
Newsweek:
Return of the '70s Weirdos  —  That photo of 11 weirdos in '70s clothes you may have seen on the Internet really is the original Microsoft team, snapped Dec. 7, 1978, on the eve of the company's move from Albuquerque, N.M., to Seattle.  Almost 30 years later, a few weeks before Bill Gates's departure …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Comcast Owned Fandango Buys Movies.com From Disney
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Get Ready For the Yahoo Reorg: Whither Yang?
Motorola:
Motorola and Kodak Redefine the Mobile Imaging Experience with MOTOZINE™ ZN5
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
T-Mo releases Nokia 6301 and Samsung SGH-t339 Hotspot@Home phones
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Ad Leaders See Web's Threat and Promise
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Fred / A VC:
Am I Bored With “Web 2.0”?
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
An Unlikely Promoter Drives Nokia's Push in Hollywood
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Social Media
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Henry Work / TechCrunch:
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Industry Standard:
Montreal's public bike system integrates Web, RFID
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:
Sure, Facebook Looks Good in Chinese and in Russian, But Is It Even Wanted?
Discussion: Startup Meme and Mashable!
Arn / MacRumors:
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Interface and Screenshots [Updated]
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
SAI Debate: How Much Money Can YouTube Make?  Mark Cuban Vs. Citi's Mark Mahaney
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
The Shootout Over Hidden Meanings in a Video Game
Discussion: PS3 Fanboy, Kotaku and CrunchGear