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11:10 PM ET, June 27, 2006

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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Is Microsoft about to release a Windows "kill switch"? … Two weeks ago, I wrote about my serious objections to Microsoft's latest salvo in the war against unauthorized copies of Windows.  Two Windows Genuine Advantage components are being pushed onto users' machines with insufficient notification …
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intel.com:
Marvell To Purchase Intel's Communications And Application Processor Business For $600 Million  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 27, 2006 - Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed an agreement for Intel to sell its communications …
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Dan Goodin / Associated Press:
Marvell paying $600M for Intel unit  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Intel Corp., facing slowing demand for personal computers and stiffer competition, is selling its division that makes processors for handheld devices in a $600 million deal announced Tuesday with Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
The EV-DO ExpressCard Is Here!  (From Dell)  —  Dell just released the first ExpressCard for Verizon's high-speed EV-DO network: The Dell Wireless 5700 Mobile Broadband ExpressCard.  This is a rebranded version of the Novatel XV620 that I tested back in April, and it will sell for $179 on Dell's Web site by the end of this week.
Discussion: Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Dell's EV-DO ExpressCard coming this week
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Online Effort Is Planned Against Child Pornography  —  In the face of government pressure, a group of Internet companies is undertaking a cooperative effort to help combat child pornography online.  —  The group, organized last week by AOL, includes Yahoo, Microsoft, Earthlink and United Online.
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Net companies pledge child porn crackdown
Discussion: IP Democracy
Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
Social Networking for Bookworms  —  If bookcases are a way to casually display interests dear to the owner, the Internet throws open the doors on reading habits.  Social-networking and book retailers' sites are already rife with lists of readers' favorite material, allowing people to compare notes on taste and compatibility.
Mylene Mangalindan / Wall Street Journal:
Google Gets Ready to Test GBuy, A New Online-Payment Option  —  For years, consumers who didn't want to give Web merchants their credit-card information faced limited options when it came to making purchases online.  This week, consumers could get access to another electronic-payment option …
mamamusings:
what i've been working on  —  I've been somewhat vague about the work I've been doing at Microsoft this year, for a couple of reasons.  First, much of the work was vague...I spent a lot of time talking to people, acting as consultant and catalyst, rather than creating things.
Discussion: Things That and MacMinute
Rafat / paidContent.org:
Comcast Buys Digital Media Services Firm ThePlatform  —  Exclusive: Comcast Interactive, the internet arm of cable giant Comcast, has bought out Seattle-based digital media services provider thePlatform, paidContent.org has learned from sources.  ThePlatform CEO Ian Blaine confirmed the deal to me in a short phone call.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
A look inside PeopleAggregator  —  Marc Canter's much anticipated PeopleAggregator is starting to roll out, password protection is scheduled to be removed Wednesday around noon Pacific time.  PeopleAggregator is the product of 3 years of self funded work by Canter to bridge the gap between …
CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: An Internet for the few or the many?  —  Michael Copps has a message for the technology industry when it comes to Net neutrality: Get involved.  —  Copps, a Democratic commissioner in the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission since May 2001 …
proidee.co.uk:
The UV shoe dryer.  Warms, dries and removes unpleasant odour.  —  The ultra-quiet ventilator provides perfect air circulation.  UV light fights bacteria.  —  On your skiing holidays, hiking tours, after working in the garden or that autumn walk: however damp your shoes may be at the end of the day …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Warner Bros. sells films via Guba.com  —  LOS ANGELES - Warner Bros. began selling its movies and TV shows over the Internet video site Guba.com Monday, marking the second deal the studio has made to distribute content over Web sites that have offered pirated video in the past.
Discussion: unmediated
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Shopping Comparison Site Offers New Ad Model  —  The notion that the Web has put consumers in control is something many marketers are grappling with, and now a new comparison shopping engine has based its ad revenue model on the idea.  —  Jellyfish acts like a reverse auction through …
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
RCA Akimbo Box Coming This Fall  —  A few years from now, we may look back fondly on the days when we watched what television networks programmed each night.  When we looked at the nightly lineup—all 500 channels of it—and wondered what was on TV that night.
Discussion: Engadget, Zatz Not Funny and Gizmodo
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Is Jajah really cool, or really lame?  Offers free phone calls, maybe  —  Jajah, a Mountain View start-up, is supposedly offering free phone calls beginning today to any land or mobile phone in the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
OMB Sets Guidelines for Federal Employee Laptop Security  —  The Bush administration is giving federal civilian agencies 45 days to implement new measures to protect the security of personal information that agencies hold on millions of employees and citizens.
 
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