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1:25 PM ET, June 21, 2006

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Bloomberg:
Microsoft Says MSN Marketing Chief Taylor Has Left (Update4)  —  June 20 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. said Martin Taylor, a protégé of Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer who was promoted to vice president in March to revamp marketing for the MSN Web sites and Windows Live services, has left the company.
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Reuters:
Microsoft releases new Windows Live IM service  —Text+SEATTLE, June 19 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) launched on Monday its newly branded instant messaging system, Windows Live Messenger, the first major release in a wave of online services Microsoft plans …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Key Ballmer adviser leaves Microsoft  —  update Martin Taylor, a key adviser to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, has left the software maker.  —  Taylor, a 13-year company veteran who led Microsoft's "Get the Facts" anti-Linux crusade for several years, was named in March as a corporate vice president overseeing …
Seeking Alpha:
Google Launches ValueClick Killer  —  David Jackson submits: Last night, after market close, I received the following email from Google's AdSense team: … The attachment contained the following: … In other words, Google is launching a fully-fledged cost-per-action — otherwise known as affiliate marketing — network.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
NEWS: GOOGLE PAY PER ACTION NETWORK TEST
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Creative Commons Release Tool for Copyright Licensing  —  The organizations announce availability of Microsoft Office add-in that enables easy access to Creative Commons copyright licenses.  —  REDMOND, Wash., and SAN FRANCISCO — June 20, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. and Creative Commons …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Creative Commons comes to Microsoft Office  —  Microsoft and the Creative Commons on Wednesday plan to release a free tool that will let people attach a Creative Commons copyright license to Microsoft Office documents.  —  Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that has written licenses …
Inquirer:
Dell laptop explodes at Japanese conference  —  INQ reader's amazing snaps  —  AN INQUIRER READER attending a conference in Japan was sat just feet away from a laptop computer that suddenly exploded into flames, in what could have been a deadly accident.  —  Guilhem, our astonished reader reports …
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Dell Laptop Explodes in Flames  —  At a conference in Japan, a Dell laptop suddenly exploded into flames, and lucky for its owner the fiery blast occurred while the PC was sitting on a table and not in his lap.  An onlooker reported that the notebook continued to burn, producing several …
Business Week:
Apple's iTunes Movie Muddle  —  The outfit wants to sell films through its online store, but an agreement with the movie studios is unlikely any time soon  —  Water coolers from Cupertino to Hollywood are abuzz over the prospect that Apple Computer is plotting a frontal assault on the movie business.
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Growth guru: Avoid Google  —  Former star mutual fund manager Fred Kobrick says Google is a great search engine but not a good stock.  Here's why.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - One of the most successful growth fund managers of the past few decades has a tip for investors about search engine giant Google: Don't buy it.
Nigel Watson / Wired News:
'UFO Hacker' Tells What He Found  —  The search for proof of the existence of UFOs landed Gary McKinnon in a world of trouble.  —  After allegedly hacking into NASA websites — where he says he found images of what looked like extraterrestrial spaceships — the 40-year-old Briton faces extradition …
computerarts.co.uk:
50 ways to become a better designer  —  The way you work can have a huge impact on your creative success.  We present the best advice from leading designers on every stage of the creative process, so that you can keep clients satisfied and make the most of your talents  —  What is design?
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Tale of a Lost Cellphone, and Untold Static  —  Dirty Harry had his .44.  Sherlock Holmes had his brain.  —  Evan Guttman had his computer, the Web and a few thousand people he had never met.  That was enough.  —  Three weeks ago, Mr. Guttman went on a quest to retrieve a friend's lost cellphone …
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Will O'Brien / Engadget:
How-To: Wiring VoIP to your phone jacks  —  We've been together for a long time, but we think it's time for us to take a break up.  It's just... we met someone else; someone who will hook us up with free long distance.  But don't worry, we'll give you a call sometime next year when we're looking for faster internet.
Discussion: 21talks
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Creative reveals Zen V and V Plus flash-based DAPs  —  So it looks like Creative's made good with the "mystery MP3 player" they promised us in that rather uninspiring teaser campaign: meet the Zen V. Available in 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB capacities, the V's smallish size and 1.5-inch …
Financial Times:
MySpace outlines European expansion  —  MySpace, the social networking site, is to use the UK as a beachhead for a push into Europe that will see it link up with "old media" companies and mobile phone operators to attract more users.  —  Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and chief executive of MySpace …
kodak.com:
KODAK EASYSHARE P712 Digital Camera Unleashes Photographers' Potential with Precision Controls and Stunning Image Quality  —  Blazing Fast Auto-Focus System, 12X Image-Stabilized Lens, 7.1 MP Sensor Combine for Crisp, Clear Pictures Ideal for Sharing  —  Rochester, NY, June 20 …
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U.S. Skype Users New to SkypeOut Can Make One-Hour Free International …
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