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12:50 PM ET, June 21, 2006


 Top Items: 
Microsoft Says MSN Marketing Chief Taylor Has Left (Update4)  —  June 20 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. said Martin Taylor, a protégé of Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer who was promoted to vice president in March to revamp marketing for the MSN Web sites and Windows Live services, has left the company.
Ina Fried / CNET
Key Ballmer adviser leaves Microsoft  —  update Martin Taylor, a key adviser to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, has left the software maker.  —  Taylor, a 13-year company veteran who led Microsoft's "Get the Facts" anti-Linux crusade for several years, was named in March as a corporate vice president overseeing …
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Key Microsoft exec Martin Taylor departs abruptly
Microsoft releases new Windows Live IM service
Paul R. La Monica /
Growth guru: Avoid Google  —  Former star mutual fund manager Fred Kobrick says Google is a great search engine but not a good stock.  Here's why.  —  NEW YORK ( - One of the most successful growth fund managers of the past few decades has a tip for investors about search engine giant Google: Don't buy it.
Nigel Watson / Wired News:
'UFO Hacker' Tells What He Found  —  The search for proof of the existence of UFOs landed Gary McKinnon in a world of trouble.  —  After allegedly hacking into NASA websites — where he says he found images of what looked like extraterrestrial spaceships — the 40-year-old Briton faces extradition …
Microsoft and Creative Commons Release Tool for Copyright Licensing  —  The organizations announce availability of Microsoft Office add-in that enables easy access to Creative Commons copyright licenses.  —  REDMOND, Wash., and SAN FRANCISCO — June 20, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. and Creative Commons …
50 ways to become a better designer  —  The way you work can have a huge impact on your creative success.  We present the best advice from leading designers on every stage of the creative process, so that you can keep clients satisfied and make the most of your talents  —  What is design?
Business Week:
Apple's iTunes Movie Muddle  —  The outfit wants to sell films through its online store, but an agreement with the movie studios is unlikely any time soon  —  Water coolers from Cupertino to Hollywood are abuzz over the prospect that Apple Computer is plotting a frontal assault on the movie business.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Tale of a Lost Cellphone, and Untold Static  —  Dirty Harry had his .44.  Sherlock Holmes had his brain.  —  Evan Guttman had his computer, the Web and a few thousand people he had never met.  That was enough.  —  Three weeks ago, Mr. Guttman went on a quest to retrieve a friend's lost cellphone …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Financial Times:
MySpace outlines European expansion  —  MySpace, the social networking site, is to use the UK as a beachhead for a push into Europe that will see it link up with "old media" companies and mobile phone operators to attract more users.  —  Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and chief executive of MySpace …
Dell laptop explodes at Japanese conference  —  INQ reader's amazing snaps  —  AN INQUIRER READER attending a conference in Japan was sat just feet away from a laptop computer that suddenly exploded into flames, in what could have been a deadly accident.  —  Guilhem, our astonished reader reports …
Discussion: Gizmodo and SCI FI Tech
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BumpTop On The Desktop: Pushing The Desktop Metaphor With Physics, Piles and the Pen  —  This 3D demonstration is very intriguing and it makes me wonder if this isn't what Vista wants to be as far as desktop organization is concerned.  The BumpTop Desktop metaphor explores the virtual desktop using physics …
Chip Chick:
Hi-Grade MicroDMS P60 Media PC with TV Tuner Attempts to be Mac Mini Competitor  —  There is no questioning the fact that the Mac Mini has a superior design compared to the Hi-Grade MicroDMS P60.  But for such a tiny PC, this one isn't too shabby looking.  The P60 sports a Core duo processor …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Sean Michael Kerner /
Wim Coekaerts, Director of Linux Engineering, Oracle  —  Linux is an important platform for Oracle.  It represents a respectable chunk of its business and it's also a critical part of its development infrastructure.  —  Oracle's lucrative Linux business spans its product line including database and middleware.
Joris Evers / CNET
Fighting Microsoft's piracy check  —  Counterfeiters aren't Microsoft's only opponents in its effort to combat piracy: Some of its customers are against it, too.  —  The company is forging ahead with a program, Windows Genuine Advantage, tied to its free software downloads and updates …
U.S. Skype Users New to SkypeOut Can Make One-Hour Free International Phone Calls to 30 Countries Worldwide  —  Skype(R), the global Internet communications company, isoffering its U.S.-based users one hour of free international callingto landline phones in 30 countries around the world.
Discussion: 21talks and VoIP Watch
Tektrekgamer / Seb's Random Thoughts:
Is It Finally Happening?  Will Skype Soon Become What We feared?  —  You may have heard in the media recently that Voice-over-IP is poised to become the next mass medium for advertising on the web, and we could soon be getting telemarketing calls on our Skype connections.
Discussion: Platform Wars
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