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3:50 AM ET, June 23, 2007

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Valleywag:
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 …
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Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
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.
Valleywag:
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 »
Discussion: PodTech.net
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Beth / Beth's Blog:
MacArthur Foundation: Virtual World Event on Philanthropy: Notes
Discussion: VTOR
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 …
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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 …
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Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Google asks gov't to fight censorship
Discussion: WebProNews
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Trade commission denies stay on Qualcomm chip ban  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission has denied Qualcomm's request for a stay on the ban imposed earlier this month on new 3G handset models that use Qualcomm chips, Broadcom announced Friday.  —  Qualcomm has been found to be infringing on several patents of rival Broadcom.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Techdirt and jkOnTheRun
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Reuters:
Qualcomm's Request for Stay on ITC Order Denied
Discussion: The Register
Nancy Weil / Computerworld:
Trade Commission supports Qualcomm ban
Discussion: RSS
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Confirmed: iPhones to be sold online  —  The bottom right of the Apple guided tour page confirms that Apple will be selling the iPhone online.  Since the option is still grayed out, it's unclear whether the link will take you to the online Apple Store, to an AT&T site, or to some combination of the two.
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AppleInsider:
World's largest iPhones appear in Apple store windows (photos)
Discussion: CNET News.com 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 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
andrewmager.com:
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.
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Tom Merritt / CNET News.com:
Buzz Out Loud Show Notes - Big hands, small iPhone
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Last.fm 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 …
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, GigaOM and RSS
Huibk / my.opera.com:
Kestrel is coming!  —  The last couple of months we've been working hard on the upcoming Opera 9.5 release, codename Kestrel.  Opera 9.5 will contain many cool new features, improvement of existing features, and we fixed a lot of bugs.  Within a few weeks we will publish 9.5 weeklies on this blog so everyone can start playing with it.
Huffington Post:
Open Source is Not Innovative  —  Quick — name an open source product that's innovative.  If you said "Linux," you failed the test.  Linux — the darling of counter-culture programmers, for its "free software" advocacy and for providing an alternative to Microsoft Windows — is not an innovation.
Discussion: Open Source and IPcentral Weblog
 
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Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Analysts: iPhone Has Neither Security nor Relevance
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Buy the business.com domain and we'll throw in this profitable company for free
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Yahoo!/eBay Actually Makes Sense, but Won't Happen
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Coming this fall: Two new Tivoli Wi-Fi radios
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Google Group Chat Feature Released
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