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5:15 AM ET, July 7, 2006

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Ina Steiner / auctionbytes.com:
eBay Bans Sellers from Using Google Checkout  —  eBay is banning sellers from requesting payment through Google Checkout.  The online auction giant updated its Safe Payments policy this week to add Google's new payment service, Google Checkout to its list of online payment methods not permitted on eBay.
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Reuters:
EBay changes execs at PayPal, Skype in shakeup  —Text+NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online marketplace eBay Inc. (EBAY.O: Quote, Profile, Research) on Thursday said it would change top management at its international division, payments unit PayPal and Web phone service Skype as the company faces …
Discussion: Things That, VoIP Watch, B2Day and 21talks
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   The eBay Shuffle  —  The big news of the day seemingly is eBay banning Google Checkout.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Major management shake-up at eBay/PayPal/Skype
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Microsoft planning WiFi-enabled portable media player, working on MVNO for next year  —  Ok, by now it's more or less an open secret that Microsoft is going to shift away from its current model and go straight after the iPod with a portable media player of its own, but we've landed …
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Digg versus New York Times Reality Check  —  Recently I've seen some posts that have hypothesized that Digg could be as big as the New York Times online, based on extrapolations from Digg's reported stats, which surely includes visitors wolrdwide.  Heather Hopkins reported last month on Digg's popularity in the UK.
USA Today:
Does Microsoft have an iPod up its sleeve?  —  SEATTLE — Microsoft kept mum Thursday about widely circulating reports that it is developing a would-be iPod killer timed to hit store shelves for the holiday shopping season.  —  But that didn't stop the digerati from speculating about the device …
Discussion: SearchViews and MocoNews.net
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Consortiuminfo.org:
Microsoft Falls Back Again: Announces ODF Plugin Project  —  In the latest in a series of concessions to the rising popularity of ODF, Microsoft announced yesterday that it has quietly been supporting the development of its own set of plugins to enable conversion of documents to and from Microsoft Office …
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Geeknews / Geek News Central Revealing Technical News …:
What was Podshow Thinking Hijacking my RSS Feed!  —  First things First, if you have a Podcast that is listed on Podshow then you going to need to hope that people that visit that site dig around pretty deep to find a link to your home page, as it is buried beneath a couple layers of web pages.
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
AOL May Bet Company; Scary But Smart  —  The WSJ reports that AOL is considering making online access to its service—including, importantly, email—free.  (AOL email users currently have to pay for one of the company's subscription plans, although much of the rest of the company's content is already free.)
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
New York to Examine Creating Citywide Broadband Network  —  Even as a contractor moves ahead with plans to install wireless networks in 10 parks, New York City intends to study whether to establish a citywide broadband network similar to those planned by cities like Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Google joins Xerox as a verb  —  Though you may have been "googling" people for years, the verb you were using was technically slang, until recently.  —  In fact, many regularly used tech words are just now getting the official stamp of approval from English-language dictionaries.
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Felisa Cardona / Denver Post:
Lightning zeros in on teenager's tunes  —  Castle Rock boy burned via iPod wires  —  Jason Bunch, 17, rests at home in Castle Rock on Wednesday after being released from the hospital.  He was struck by lightning Sunday while mowing the lawn.  The current may have traveled through …
Chris Anderson / Wired News:
The Rise and Fall of the Hit … On March 21, 2000, Jive Records released No Strings Attached, the much-anticipated second album from NSync.  The album debuted strong.  It sold 1.1 million copies its first day and 2.4 million in the first week, making it the fastest-selling album ever.
Chris Mellor / Computerworld:
Make way for the terabyte laptop drive  —  New technology from Seagate could increase disk capacity 10 times  —  July 05, 2006 (TechWorld.com) — Seagate Technology Inc. plans to increase disk capacity by 10 times with new technology it has just patented, meaning a computer hard drive …
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Metareview - LOTR: The Battle for Middle-earth II (Xbox 360) [update 1]  —  The PC game already debuted in March to decent reviews so, instead of recapping what's right and wrong with the game as a whole, let's get right down to the issue we're all wondering about: the controls.
Computer Business Review:
Microsoft to start evangelizing Vista to small ISVs  —  Microsoft Corp is beginning a soft roll-out of a new program to push small software vendors to build applications for Windows Vista.  —  Aiming at what Microsoft calls "MicroISVs," the program, called "Project Glidepath," …
Discussion: M-Dollar
Keith Stuart / Guardian:
Sony ad casues white riot  —  A new billboard advert for Sony's white PSP has caused consternation across the US videogaming community.  The ad shows a white model dressed entirely in white threateningly grasping the face of a black model.  Next to them are the words, "PlayStation Portable.
BBC:
Go-ahead for hacker's extradition  —  A US request to extradite a British computer hacker accused of the "biggest military hack of all time" has been granted by Home Secretary John Reid.  —  Gary McKinnon, who is accused of breaking into US government computer networks, has been fighting extradition since his arrest in November 2002.
Discussion: Neowin.net
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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Taipei plans for 200,000 on wireless Internet phones by year-end
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Earthlink's To Introduce WiFi Phones
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