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7:05 PM ET, June 12, 2006


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Chris Gaither / Los Angeles Times:
At Google, Innovation Is Not Just Fun, Games  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Eric Schmidt has a message: Don't let the lava lamps fool you.  Google Inc. is serious.  —  As Google's chief executive, Schmidt presides over a headquarters filled with trinkets, pets, free food and bouncy-ball chairs.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
ERIC SCHMIDT STILL SEES GOOGLE AS A TECHNOLOGY COMPANY; BUT WE KNOW IT'S MORE...  From an interview in the LA Times: … But to equate Google not doing its own content with a free pass from the media company classification is, well, absurd.  That presumes that media companies only make packaged goods …
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
Major New Announcements for Google Earth  —  Reporting LIVE from Google Geo Developer Day in Mountain View, California.  —  Starting off the presentation at this launch was the three top figures at Google: Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin.  From the presentation by John Hanke …
Top Microsoft blogger to resign  —  A business blogger who changed the wider world view of Microsoft is leaving the software giant for a Silicon Valley start-up.  —  Robert Scoble's blog about his life and events inside and outside Microsoft became the unofficial corporate voice of the company.
Scoble leaves Microsoft for start-up  —  The world's most famous corporate blogger, Robert Scoble, credited with helping to break down a siege mentality at his employer, Microsoft, confirmed on Sunday that he is leaving to join a recently formed Silicon Valley Internet media start-up.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
TechCrunch: a Case Study in Micro Media  —  If you want to see how blogs are revolutionizing media, all you need to do is look at TechCrunch.  The Web 2.0 blog, currently ranked #20 on Technorati, believe it or not turned one year old today.  —  The path Michael Arrington followed …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Turns One Year Old  —  I started writing TechCrunch one year ago, on June 11, 2005.  Looking back, it's been the best year of my life, although there were also some incredibly difficult times as well.  I'm sure years from now I'll have more perspective on things.
Brian Oberkirch / Weblogs Work:   365 Days, One Rocking Blog
EBay U.S. to unveil further Skype tie-ins Tuesday  —Text+LAS VEGAS, June 11 (Reuters) - Online marketplace eBay Inc. (EBAY.O: Quote, Profile, Research) is set to detail on Tuesday how it plans to combine its Skype Web telephone-call service into its core U.S. auction business, executives said on Sunday.
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Will eBay Launch Skype on Tuesday?
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Joris Evers / ZDNet:
Microsoft: Zombies most prevalent Windows threat  —  Many Windows PCs have been turned into zombies, but rootkits are not yet widespread, according to a Microsoft security report slated for release Monday.  —  More than 60 percent of Windows PCs scanned by Microsoft's Windows Malicious …
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Gina Trapani /
Windows Vista Beta: How to dual-boot Windows XP and Windows Vista  —  Because I'm a sucker for a good-looking operating system in beta, I downloaded and installed the publicly-available Beta 2 of the next generation of Windows, called Vista, this weekend.  —  Now, Microsoft says only developers …
Washington Post:
The Internet's Future  —  THE SENATE will hold hearings tomorrow on "net neutrality," the idea that the pipes and wires that form the Internet should treat all content equally.  An alliance whose membership ranges from the Christian Coalition to is demanding that Congress write …
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Startup Centers  —  Paul Graham recently wrote a couple of thought-provoking essays on the social and economic conditions that are most conducive to the formation of startup companies, How to Be Silicon Valley and Why Startups Condense in America.  —  Paul had sent one version of these essays …
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Newsmaker: Net neutrality: Meet the winner  —  Thomas Tauke must be one of the most ecstatic lobbyists in Washington right about now.  —  As Verizon Communications' executive vice president for public affairs, policy and communications, Tauke has spent the last few months embroiled …
Discussion: and eHomeUpgrade
Blogger / iBloggedThis:
Apple MacBook discoloration issues  —  If your brand new MacBook mooing isn't enough of a problem, now there are reports of a casing discoloration issue.  It appears that there are more than a few people on Apple's support site, who are experiencing this issue.
Paul Vitello / New York Times:
A Ring Tone Meant to Fall on Deaf Ears  —  In that old battle of the wills between young people and their keepers, the young have found a new weapon that could change the balance of power on the cellphone front: a ring tone that many adults cannot hear.  —  In settings where cellphone use …
Marissa Mayer / Business Week:
The Talent Scout  —  Marissa Mayer helps run one of the world's most innovative companies by being an amazing talent finder.  As Google's vice-president for search products and user experience, she is the last stop before founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin on the way to final approval …
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