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4:51 AM ET, June 13, 2006


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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Its Time To Transition  —  What do you do, when all your life you have chased scoops, and then got scooped on your own news?  You tip the hat to the person who beat you to your own story.  As kids would call it, I got punked by Valleywag.  —  I wanted to wait till end of this month …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Om Malik quits Biz 2.0, raises cash to build out broadband news site  —  It was only a matter of time.  —  Om Malik (bio), the San Francisco writer of the cutting-edge blog on broadband news, Gigaom, has raised several hundred thousand dollars from San Francisco venture firm True Ventures …
Discussion: Business Logs and
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Om Malik Leaves Business 2, Turns Free Agent  —  Business 2.0 journalist/blogger Om Malik is reportedly quitting Business 2.0 and going solo.  According to Technorati, Om's Gigom blog is the 85th largest in the world.  You know this is becoming a trend when ABC News asks "Should you quit your day job to blog?"
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and Newsome.Org
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 …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Robert Scoble: First Corporate Face Transplant?  —  Nick Carr has a blog post entitled Have Face Will Travel where he writes … I've been thinking about this a little over the past few days.  The problem with having visible employees is that when they inevitably leave there is a potential negative PR hit.
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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Quixun's GrandOpera LCD with removable PC  —  Fans of all-in-one PCs will all come to realize their rig's biggest limitation in time: when a component fails, they've lost both a computer and display in one shot.  Now, Japan's Quixun corp are set to launch their GrandOpera series of LCDs that feature a slot-loading, removable PC.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
GrandOpera: big screen with a modular PC
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google GBuy Launch Later This Month To Challenge PayPal?  —  Google's GBuy Could Be 'Revolutionary' from Forbes covers news from RBC analyst Jordan Rohan that Google's existing payment system — Google Payments — may be expanded for any merchant to use outside of Google Base.
Tim Lee / The Technology Liberation Front:
Skype and CALEA  —  After writing this morning's post about VoIP and CALEA, it occurs to me that this sort of regulatory issue is probably one of the motivations behind Skype's decision to make SkypeOut free in the United States.  Skype and the FCC are heading for a collision course.
Discussion: Techdirt and The Register
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
MingleNow - social networking that mingles online and offline  —  I just got an early briefing on an interesting idea for social networking coming out of BlueLithium, the online advertising agency headquartered in San Jose, CA.  It's an idea developed in Blue Lithium Labs …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Yahoo e-mail under worm attack  —  Symantec warns of mass-mail worm that exploits a vulnerability in Yahoo's Web e-mail  —  A mass-mail worm that exploits a vulnerability in Yahoo's Web e-mail is making the rounds but the impact appears to be low, security vendor Symantec said Monday.
Lars-Göran Nilsson / The Register:
PC-less VoIP Wi-Fi phone  —  Computex 2006 A little-known company called BCM used Computex to show a multi-format VoIP Wi-Fi phone based on the Windows CE kernel.  The WLAN800I is compatible with Skype, SIP services, MSN Talk and MSN Messenger.  —  There's no need for a PC for it to function …
Discussion: Gizmodo and 21talks
Business Week:
Marissa Mayer: 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 …
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Internet stealth company steps out  —  Waltham firm has 650,000 Web names  —  A venture-backed Waltham company that's quietly amassed more than 650,000 Internet domain names is stepping out of stealth mode today and unveiling its plans to build a substantial Boston-area Web 2. business around …
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