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10:30 AM ET, June 23, 2007


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Mike / CrunchNotes:
I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!  —  The title, which is a quote from the movie casablanca, is what came to mind tonight when I read the complete train wreck occuring on TechMeme over advertisements that contain a written message from the publisher.
Discussion: Scripting News
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 …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Insider Chatter
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.
Charles Cooper / CNET   Malik, Arrington and Battelle: X-22, come in
Fred / A VC:   Why Is Nick Denton So "Old School"?
Joey Seiler / Virtual Worlds News:
Liveblogging the Virtual Goods Summit: Making Virtual Economies Work  —  Once you have users, how do you make them want to buy your stuff?  Is that even a legitimate questions?  And if there weren't enough complications in talking about virtual economies with legitimate users …
Discussion: POP! PR Jots and Raph's Website
Joey Seiler / Virtual Worlds News:
Liveblogging the Virtual Goods Summit: Virtual Goods Success Stories  —  The first ever Virtual Goods Summit kicked off this morning at Stanford University with a panel on success stories in virtual goods.  While many outside of this room may be concerned with whether or not virtual goods …
Joey Seiler / Virtual Worlds News:
Liveblogging the Virtual Goods Summit: Virtual Items - Mainstream or Not?  —  Moderator Robert Scoble gave the best possible introduction, so I'll leave it with him: "A little while ago I got an interview of the Frank Mueller watch company in Switzerland.  And I think it has applicability to this panel.
Joshua Jaffe / VC Ratings:
Virtual goods worth $1.5 billion; success stories speak
Discussion: CNET
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 …
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
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 …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Hablo P2P: The Impact of Pando on CDNs  —  Sometimes things just happen by accident.  You give your company a name that sounds cool, only to find out later that it actually means something in Spanish.  Luckily, in the case of the personal P2P start-up Pando the meaning wasn't too bad …
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 »
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 …
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
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What is an identity system?  —  Dinner last night was with Doc Searls …
Discussion: Marc's Voice
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Analysts: iPhone Has Neither Security nor Relevance
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Other search engines join Google in EU privacy probe
Beth / Beth's Blog:
MacArthur Foundation: Virtual World Event on Philanthropy: Notes
Discussion: VTOR
Financial Times:
Murdoch in search of online deals
Jeffrey Stedfast / A Moment of Zen:
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Kestrel is coming!
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Opera Software reshuffles after struggle
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IBM pushes 32-nanometer chips with BASF deal
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
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Huffington Post:
Open Source is Not Innovative
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Broadband Subscribers, 300 million strong
Between the Lines:
Yahoo's search for a social graph
Chris Williams / The Register:
Open sourcers rattle EU sabre at BBC on demand player
Terri Hardy / Sacramento Bee:
Council OKs Wi-Fi network
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Fake Adobe Shockwave Player download page

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