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12:15 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 …
Discussion: and Mashable!
Steven Musil / CNET
Google taps ‘Family Guy’ guy for Web series  —  Web search giant Google has enlisted Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to create an original animated series that it will distribute on the Web via its AdSense advertising system, according to a report in the New York Times .
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 …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Windows Could Use a Rush of Fresh Air  —  MICROSOFT Windows has put on a lot of weight over the years.  —  Beginning as a thin veneer for older software code, it has become an obese monolith built on an ancient frame.  Adding features, plugging security holes, fixing bugs …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
10,000 Canadians petition for iPhone rate relief  —  It's taken more than a year for the iPhone to make its way across the world's longest undefended border, which may help explain why so many Canadians are upset this weekend.  —  On Friday, Rogers Communications (RCI) …
CBC News:
Rogers announces iPhone 3G packages
Discussion: Geek Culture
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Rhapsody Agrees DRM Is Dead; Launches MP3 Store  —  Streaming music service Rhapsody has joined the likes of Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Napster by launching its own MP3 store.  —  Its move to offer unprotected music downloads has been expected since last Fall when Real Networks joined forces with MTV and Verizon.
Discussion: Bit Player and CNET
Luis Suarez / New York Times:
I Freed Myself From E-Mail's Grip  —  EARLIER this year, I became tired of my usual morning ritual of spending hours catching up on e-mail.  So I did something drastic to take back control of my productivity.  —  I stopped using e-mail most of the time.  I quickly realized that the more messages …
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Google Enters ComScore's Turf  —  Reston Web Measurement Firm Says It Isn't Threatened, Citing Its Data Quality  —  Suddenly having Google as a competitor could quickly spell death for a smaller firm.  When the search giant last week unveiled a tool that measures audiences for various Web sites …
Exclusive: The ZEN X-Fi revealed!  —  Since we opened in 2006, we've been the first place to leak just about every player that Creative has released.  We first told you about the ZEN X-Fi a few months back, and now I might have an actual photo of it.  So without further delay, I present to you the Creative ZEN X-Fi:
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadgetell and Engadget
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Ars Technica digs into iTunes App Store payment rumors  —  Apple's terms for developers who want their iPhone apps to be listed in the App Store have been the subject of much conversation over the last few months.  While most developers agreed that the costs of getting listed in the store …
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC finally prepares to investigate embedded ads on TV  —  After stalling on the issue for years, the Federal Communications Commission has opened a proceeding on the widespread use of embedded advertising—inserting brand name products into the story line of a TV show.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
BitTorrent seed farmer found guilty, faces 10 years in jail  —  The MPAA has won a jury conviction for criminal copyright infringement, opening the doors to many more cases like it in the future.  A federal jury convicted 26-year-old Daniel Dove for both felony copyright infringement as well as conspiracy …
Discussion: CNET
1938 Media:
Open Letter To Shel Israel - It's Over  —  When I first started my career, you made it a point to bury me online, and more importantly back channel as well.  This is a fact.  You and your crew went out of your way to take food off my plate.  I never forgot that, and now you have something you'll never forget.
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Shel Israel puppet show bites the dust
Discussion: Scripting News
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Third-party tool allows Mac Pro overclocking
Rob Minto / Financial Times:
Internet address suffix choice expanded
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Joshua Fruhlinger / Engadget:
Treo 800w spec sheets and training materials reveal details, lack of MMS
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Jesse Robbins / O'Reilly Radar:
The new internet traffic spikes
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Smoking Gun  —  As Bill Gates closed the door for the final …
 Earlier Items: 
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The Technium:
The Google Way of Science  —  There's a dawning sense …
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Motorola Blaze for Verizon: the touch screen war hasn't stopped yet
Discussion: Unwired View and IntoMobile