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6:45 AM ET, June 30, 2008


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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Google and Creator of ‘Family Guy’ Strike a Deal  —  LOS ANGELES — Google is experimenting with a new method of distributing original material on the Web, and some Hollywood film financiers are betting millions that the company will succeed.  —  In September, Seth MacFarlane, creator of …
Steven Musil / CNET
Google taps ‘Family Guy’ guy for Web series
Sergey Solyanik / 1-800-MAGIC:
Back to Microsoft  —  Last week I left Google to go back to Microsoft, where I started this Monday (and so not surprisingly, I was too busy to blog about it).  —  I think I am the first person in the Seattle/Kirkland area to do so, so this merits an explanation.  Isn't Google an insanely cool place to work for?
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The GOOG->MSFT Exodus: Working at Google vs. Working at Microsoft  —  Recently I've been bumping into more and more people who've either left Google to come to Microsoft or got offers from both companies and picked Microsoft over Google.  I believe this is part of a larger trend especially …
Discussion: broadstuff, and WinBeta
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Marc Andreessen Joins Facebook's Board Of Directors  —  Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape, Opsware and Ning and the former CTO of AOL, is adding a new notch in his belt: he has joined the board of directors of Facebook, two sources close to the company confirmed to us …
Donald Bell / CNET
Rhapsody's new MP3 store offers full song previews  —  Today, Real Networks has announced several improvements to their Rhapsody music service, including a new online music store and integration with Verizon's VCAST mobile phone music service.  —  Taking a cue from competitors such as Amazon and Napster …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Book Restaurant Reservations On The Go With OpenTable  —  OpenTable, the web-enabled restaurant management provider, has introduced a new mobile feature that lets users make restaurant reservations from their from their phone's browser.  The new site, which is available here …
Discussion: Darla Mack
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   OpenTable seats 3M diners a month, releases mobile version
Associated Press:
Microsoft to stop selling Windows XP on Monday  —  REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. is scheduled to stop selling its Windows XP operating system to retailers and major computer makers Monday, despite protests from a slice of PC users who don't want to be forced into using XP's successor, Vista.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Tim Arango / New York Times:
A Movie on Your TV at Home, Before You Can Rent It  —  The very future of how we consume media rests on the movie star shoulders of Will Smith.  That is Hollywood hyperbole — but it contains a speck of truth.  —  In an industry first, Sony Pictures' hoped-for blockbuster “Hancock,” …
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
25 reasons users STOP using your product: An analysis of customer lifecycle  —  Churn from a customer lifecycle perspective  —  As much as I blog about viral marketing, it can't be avoided that having healthy product retention is an equally (and incredibly) important part about having a successful product.
Rob Webb / RobWebb2k:
LinkedIn quietly launches Research Network and DirectAds...let the monetization begin.  —  LinkedIn DirectAds  —  LinkedIn has quietly launched a beta version of a dynamic CPM text advertising platform called LinkedIn DirectAds.  No formal announcement of the launch was made on the LinkedIn blog or elsewhere.
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Merchants asked to secure their sites  —  Today is the deadline for any business that accepts credit cards over the Internet to meet new security standards for their Web sites.  —  But not all businesses are expected to make the deadline, and for those that do, it's not clear how much more secure their sites will be.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Giants Join Together To Head Off Patent Suits  —  Several tech-industry heavyweights are banding together to defend themselves against patent-infringement lawsuits.  Their plan: to buy up key intellectual property before it falls into the hands of parties that could use it against them, say people familiar with the matter.
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