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4:30 AM ET, June 23, 2007


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Federated Media: Microsoft pays star writers to recite slogan  —  The stodgy old media industry has a rule that newspaper reporters, and TV news hosts, shouldn't trade on their public trust to endorse products.  It's become redundant: the reading public typically wants journalists to drop …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
On the Microsoft Ad Campaign  —  Earlier today Valleywag published a post suggesting that Microsoft paid me (and a number of other bloggers) off to recite their corporate slogan.  It is a serious charge, one I take very seriously.  —  I have been upfront about my ethics and propriety in my reporting …
Neil Chase / FM Blog:
Conversational Marketing Gets a Close Look  —  ValleyWag today suggests that one of FM's conversational marketing campaigns is hurting the editorial integrity of our authors.  It says that Microsoft paid them to write, which is simply not true.  They were invited to join a conversation …
Charles Cooper / CNET
Malik, Arrington and Battelle: X-22, come in  —  What would possess a collection of online publishers and venture capitalists to pimp a Microsoft advertising slogan?  —  Valleywag today reported about a site tied to a Microsoft ad campaign where the likes of Michael Arrington …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Did Microsoft pay star writers?  —  Valleywag has a story that Federated Media is paying "star writers" to recite a Microsoft marketing slogan.  —  I sent emails to several of the writers and Microsoft PR.  I also asked John Battelle, the founder of Federated Media, if this is true.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan /
When A-List Became Elitist  —  Nick Denton's Valleywag reported that his pseudo-competitor John Battelle's Federated Media might have crossed the integrity line when he got Microsoft to pay for a bunch of his roster's so-called elite, A-list bloggers to write something that supported MSFT's "People Ready" campaign.
Feld Thoughts:
The Facebook Problem  —  I've had an account on Facebook for a while.  Until a month ago - around the time of the F8 Platform launch - I checked it once a month.  —  In the last 30 days, I've been checking it once a day.  My friends list has exploded, I've added a bunch of apps …
Between the Lines:
Yahoo's search for a social graph
Discussion: Business Week
Chris Faylor / Shacknews:
Sony Confirms Full PSP CPU Speed (Updated)  —  Update: The availability of the PSP's full CPU speed only affects in-development titles, a SCE representative has told Shacknews.  Previously released PSP games continue to operate at the speed they were originally programmed for …
Adam / Google Public Policy Blog:
Censorship as trade barrier  —  Posted by Andrew McLaughlin, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs  —  The Associated Press is running a story headlined "Google Asks Government to Fight Censorship."  The story highlights some (until now) fairly quiet discussions we've been having …
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Google asks gov't to fight censorship
Discussion: WebProNews
World's largest iPhones appear in Apple store windows (photos)  —  With the anticipation ahead of next week's iPhone launch reaching near epic proportions, staffers for Apple retail spent the better part of Thursday evening rearranging store planograms and erecting massive iPhone replicas inside store windows.
Discussion: CNET and Gadget Lab
Financial Times:
Murdoch in search of online deals  —  By Aline van Duyn in New York and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in London  —  Rupert Murdoch is looking for deals beyond his $5bn offer for Dow Jones, people familiar with his plans said.  —  He is seeking internet acquisitions or a deal involving …
Clunky: Real life Second Life  —  Real life Second Life  —  Video of a real life enactment of what you'd experience if you chose to log in to Linden Lab's virtual world, Second Life... minus the obligatory furries, flying penises, and sex trade.  [Via YouTube.]  MORE »
Experiencing Buzz Out Loud  —  Today I had the chance to sit in on a live episode of Buzz Out Loud, CNET's podcast of indeterminate length.  —  I have always been a huge fan of BOL, so today was very exciting for me.  I meant to videotape the first five minutes, but my Canon camera didn't save the first video I took.
Tom Merritt / CNET
Buzz Out Loud Show Notes - Big hands, small iPhone
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch: Not Joining National Day Of Silence?  —  The SaveNetRadio coalition will be holding a National Day of Silence June 26 to draw attention to an impending royalty rate increase that could lead to the shutdown of most of the US Internet radio industry.  —  Most large online music …
Qualcomm's Request for Stay on ITC Order Denied  —  NEW YORK—The U.S. International Trade Commission has denied Qualcomm Inc.'s request to stay an order banning imports of new phone models with Qualcomm chips the trade agency said infringe a Broadcom Corp. patent, Broadcom said on Friday.
Discussion: The Register
Bjoern H. Amland / Associated Press:
Opera Software reshuffles after struggle  —  OSLO, Norway - Key shareholders in Opera Software ASA have reshuffled the board of directors after a reported power struggle between board members and the company's chief executive and founder, Jon S. von Tetzchner.
Terri Hardy / Sacramento Bee:
Council OKs Wi-Fi network  —  Story appeared in METRO section, Page B2  —  SACRAMENTO — Residents and visitors will have access to free wireless Internet coverage in most areas of the city by October 2009 under a deal approved Thursday by the City Council.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News, RSS and GigaOM
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Kestrel is coming!
Ben Ames / InfoWorld:
IBM pushes 32-nanometer chips with BASF deal
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
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Discussion: Go Nintendo
Huffington Post:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Broadband Subscribers, 300 million strong
 Earlier Items: 
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Open sourcers rattle EU sabre at BBC on demand player
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Fake Adobe Shockwave Player download page
Joshua Jaffe / VC Ratings:
Virtual goods worth $1.5 billion; success stories speak
Discussion: CNET
Phil Bradley / Search Engine Land:
Ask Advertising Campaign Slammed
Discussion: WebProNews
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Buy the domain and we'll throw in this profitable company for free
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan /
Yahoo!/eBay Actually Makes Sense, but Won't Happen
John P. Falcone / CNET
Coming this fall: Two new Tivoli Wi-Fi radios
Discussion: CrunchGear
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Canceling iPhone service early will cost $175