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2:55 PM ET, June 21, 2006

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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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Google Testing Pay-Per-Sale AdSense?  —  David Jackson of SeekingAlpha reports that Google is inviting a selected group of AdSense webmasters to test out new "Cost-Per-Action" (CPA) ads.  Quote SeekingAlpha's reprint of Google's mail:  —  How do I get paid?
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
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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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.
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Levanta: Rising From Its Past?  —  The reincarnation of the dot-com crash-and-burn Linuxcare, it's seeking to serve up a tech comeback story  —  It's not that Matt Mosman has an easy job.  As Linux continues its march deeper into Corporate America's racks and racks of servers …
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.
Jared / the future is yesterday:
Unofficial This American Life Podcast is no More  —  I have decided to remove the Unofficial This American Life podcast at the request of TAL's webmaster Elizabeth Meister.  Contrary to posts on Boing Boing and elsewhere, Jon Udell and I did not recieve a "nastygram" or formal ceast and desist letter.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Rough Type
www2.sprint.com:
Sprint Announces North America Data Roaming Deals  —  International expansion includes Bell Canada and Mexico's Iusacell  —  Media Contact:  —  John Polivka, 972 405-5139  —  Customers of Sprint (NYSE: S) now have more international locations to easily access mobile data applications …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gearlog and Phone Scoop
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 …
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
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 …
Kim Zetter / Salon:
Is the NSA spying on U.S. Internet traffic?  —  Salon exclusive: Two former AT&T employees say the telecom giant has maintained a secret, highly secure room in St. Louis since 2002.  Intelligence experts say it bears the earmarks of a National Security Agency operation.
Discussion: broadband
Janx / news4gamers.com:
Xbox 360 Price Drop This Xmas  —  It looks like Microsoft is planning to crash Sony's PS3 launch party by dropping the price of the Xbox 360 this coming Christmas.  A source close to Microsoft says consumers can expect a price drop of almost $100.  —  The source also revealed according …
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
PwC: Net to fuel industry
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Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
OSIS links Internet identity systems
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Kurzweil set to unveil portable reader for the blind
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
Sweden Pressured to take Pirate Bay Action
George Ou / ZDNet.com:
Is ESPN committing reverse Net neutrality?
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Creative reveals Zen V and V Plus flash-based DAPs
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Bloggy and Clyde  —  The WSJ's Lee Gomes, who needs some schooling …
finanzen.net:
U.S. Skype Users New to SkypeOut Can Make One-Hour Free International …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Did The Telcos Break The Law In Getting Merger Approvals?
Discussion: IP Inferno
Sean Michael Kerner / internetnews.com:
Wim Coekaerts, Director of Linux Engineering, Oracle
Tektrekgamer / Seb's Random Thoughts:
Is It Finally Happening? Will Skype Soon Become What We feared?
Discussion: Platform Wars
computerarts.co.uk:
50 ways to become a better designer
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Fighting Microsoft's piracy check
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Tale of a Lost Cellphone, and Untold Static
Discussion: Gizmodo
Tony Smith / The Register:
Motorola moots USB rechargeable phone recharger
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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