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8:35 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 …
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Donald Bell / CNET News.com:
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 …
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Verizon Wireless gets Rhapsody music subscriptions  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Cell phones are becoming more useful devices for listening to music.  —  Verizon Wireless is introducing Rhapsody's subscription music service Monday, allowing its customers to download as much music as they want to their phones for $15 per month.
Discussion: Download Squad and Reuters
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 …
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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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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Book Restaurant Reservations On The Go With OpenTable
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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: bijan sabet and WatchingTV Online
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 and Startup Meme
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.
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.
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.
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.
 
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Qualcomm vs. Intel: You decide
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LinkedIn quietly launches Research Network and DirectAds …
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Google Enters ComScore's Turf
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