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1:40 PM ET, June 14, 2006

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Hiding in Plain Sight, Google Seeks an Expansion of Power  —  Google is building two computing centers, top and left, each the size of a football field, in The Dalles, Ore  —  THE DALLES, Ore., June 8 — On the banks of the windswept Columbia River, Google is working on a secret weapon …
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google data centers vs Microsoft infrastructure - a battle of the titans
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Google finally puts Picasa albums on the Web  —  Google launched a new beta of Picasa on Tuesday [news story].  Its biggest new feature is the capability to post pictures directly from the application to a Google-hosted Web album.  It's about time.  Picasa has become the PC-based photo manager …
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google Picasa Web Albums Live  —  Google's Picasa Web Albums program is live now (instead of a Beta or Labs product, they're calling this a "Test") after a link to this was spotted recently.  Google calls Web Albums "a super easy way to get photos off your computer and share them on the web …
Google Blogoscoped:
No Privacy for Picasa Web Albums
Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Flickr Cracks Down on Screenshots  —  Online worlds collide as Second Life fans and Flickr spar over how to handle screenshots on the popular photo-sharing site.  —  At stake is a little-known Flickr policy of flagging accounts that contain mostly non-photographic images and preventing images …
Ken Belson / New York Times:
EBay to Add a Phone Link From Listings to Sellers  —  EBay said yesterday that sellers on its auction site would be able to add a link to their listings allowing potential buyers to reach them through Skype, the Internet phone service.  —  The announcement comes nine months after eBay raised eyebrows …
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Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Scoble The Exit Interview  —  Microsoft tech evangelist and alpha blogger Robert Scoble talks about everything from his tensest moments at Microsoft, to what Microsoft could have done to keep him, as he prepares to leave the Redmond software maker and join startup PodTech.Net.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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TDavid / Things That:
The Scoblelizer Replacement pool odds  —  The who will replace Robert Scoble tickle continues with Valleywag weighing in with a few names.  Looks like they might do a daily feature on it for a few days.  —  As I looked over the existing notable and famous Microsofties …
Discussion: Valleywag and Barnako.com
Ryan Block / Engadget:
MusicGremlin launches the Gremlin MG-1000 WiFi DAP  —  It's a little weird that it's 2006 and we're only now seeing a major launch of a WiFi-enabled, service-driven digital audio player, but we've got to start somewhere.  Say hello to MusicGremlin's Gremlin MG-1000 — the wireless player we first wrote about just shy of two years ago.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Wireless Factor: A Challenge to the iPod
Discussion: Gizmodo and Wi-Fi Networking News
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Send Paypal Via Skype Soon  —  The upcoming Skype version 2.5, seen at the eBay Developer's Conference, apparently will let you send or request money to other users directly from the client software.  Since eBay, Paypal, and Skype are all one big happy family, you'll be able to Paypal money easily …
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Soon - Send money via Skype
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Hardware Advances Digital Communications Experiences  —  First webcams from Microsoft make seeing, hearing and sharing a breeze.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — June 13, 2006 — Seeing your grandchild's first steps from miles away.  Hearing your friend's laugh from across the country.
Steve Hamm / TechBeat:
Flock redux  —  Last October, the folks at Flock broke their silence and revealed their plans for a new "social browser" designed for collaborating, sharing photos, and blogging.  The Flock beta was supposed to come out a couple of weeks later.  It didn't.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
HP's new datacenter in a box  —  HP is taking a page from Steve Jobs.  The company was able to keep the wraps on a major product announcement that Ann Livermore, executive vice president of technology solutions, called "adaptive infrastructure in a 17-inch box."
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Sony develops smallest LED projector  —  Using RGB light emitting diodes (LEDs) as light sources Sony has developed the world's smallest LED projector.  Measuring just 410cc it is equivalent to that of two business cards and shorter than a standard ball pen.  Two major innovations were made to make the projector smaller.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Leo Waldock / The Register:
Non-scents from Nokia  —  For six months, 25 Industrial Design MA students from London's CSM College of Art and Design have been working to create concepts for a premium but mass market mobile device capable of providing 4G or 5G multimedia services.  —  The students worked for a cash prize and …
Discussion: textually.org
mobiledia.com:
David Beckham Becomes Motorola's Global Brand Ambassador  —  Motorola today announced the signing of David Beckham as a global brand ambassador.  The three-year collaboration with the professional footballer will kick-off with major activities across Asia including advertising appearances …
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
TNS Ups Internet Ad Spend Forecast  —  U.S. Internet ad spending, excluding search, is expected to increase by 13 percent in 2006, according to a revised full-year forecast released today by TNS Media Intelligence.  Earlier estimates had pegged 2006 growth at just 9.1 percent.
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Philips PMC7230 Portable Media Center  —  Remember that Tatung Portable Media Center that first turned up at Computex almost exactly a year ago?  No?  Don't worry about it, because it turns out that Philips is OEM'ing it.  The Philips version, which is dubbed the PMC7230, comes with a 30GB hard drive …
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
 
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Teens turn away from e-mail
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