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11:35 AM ET, June 30, 2008

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offer.rhapsody.com:
Open an account and your first album is on us  —  Shopping for music online just got easier.  The new Rhapsody MP3 Store lets you listen to entire songs before you buy them*, provides recommendations, and delivers high-quality MP3s that can be played on your iPod or any other MP3 player.
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Rhapsody embraces MP3 music files
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Verizon Wireless gets Rhapsody music subscriptions
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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 …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
The “Family Guy” Strikes A Side Deal With Google, Keeps His $100M Day Job With Fox
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Goodbye, XP.  Hello, Midori  —  June 30 is the day that Microsoft begins phasing out Windows XP by no longer providing copies of the operating system to PC makers and retailers for preloading on new machines.  It's also a good day (thanks to a recent New York Times opinion piece) …
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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.
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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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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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
‘Unprecedented Pent-Up Demand’ For Apple iPhone 3G, RBC Says  —  More good news for Apple (AAPL) ahead of the 3G iPhone launch, scheduled for next Friday, July 11.  Consumers have “unprecedented” demand for Apple's phone, according to new data from RBC's Technology Adoption Panel.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch new Eee PCs with bigger keyboards  —  Asustek Computer is planning to launch new Eee PC models, the 904 and 905, which have an 8.9-inch panel but use a similar chassis and keyboard as the company's 10.2-inch models, according to sources at channel vendors.
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?
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Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
No, Mr Kelly, I'm afraid the internet is not as clever as a single (human) brain  —  Kevin Kelly, one of the people behind Wired magazine, has come up with a stonking idea to follow up from Chris Anderson's (to be honest rather wonky) suggestion that “science is dead because search engines can do it for us” last week.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Smartphone battle royale: The land grab is good for buyers  —  Research in Motion misses its first quarter earnings target and cuts its outlook slightly.  Palm has a hit with the Centro, but continues to disappoint.  And Sony Ericsson sees a rough second quarter on “moderating demand of mid …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL's Platform A: We'll pay Bebo, Facebook developers top pennies  —  AOL's Platform A said Monday that it will offer Bebo and Facebook application developers “a guaranteed CPM” for U.S. traffic and says the ad rate is one of the highest in the industry.  —  However, there are a few caveats …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
OpenTable seats 3M diners a month, releases mobile version  —  OpenTable, the San Francisco company that lets you make online reservations at any of 8,500 restaurants, said it it is seating three million diners a month, which means it's making some serious cash — in the multiple millions of dollars a month …
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Book Restaurant Reservations On The Go With OpenTable
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Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Open source router from Netgear offers custom apps and firmware
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PS3 firmware update ratchets up competition with Xbox 360
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Qualcomm vs. Intel: You decide
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