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4:20 PM ET, June 21, 2006


 Top Items: 
Seeking Alpha:
Google Launches ValueClick Killer  —  David Jackson submits: Last night, after market close, I received the following email from Google's AdSense team: … The attachment contained the following: … In other words, Google is launching a fully-fledged cost-per-action — otherwise known as affiliate marketing — network.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Testing Pay-Per-Sale AdSense?  —  David Jackson of SeekingAlpha reports that Google is inviting a selected group of AdSense webmasters to test out new "Cost-Per-Action" (CPA) ads.  Quote SeekingAlpha's reprint of Google's mail:  —  How do I get paid?
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 …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Dell Laptop Explodes in Flames  —  At a conference in Japan, a Dell laptop suddenly exploded into flames, and lucky for its owner the fiery blast occurred while the PC was sitting on a table and not in his lap.  An onlooker reported that the notebook continued to burn, producing several …
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Creative Commons comes to Microsoft Office  —  Microsoft and the Creative Commons on Wednesday plan to release a free tool that will let people attach a Creative Commons copyright license to Microsoft Office documents.  —  Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that has written licenses …
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.
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Levanta: Rising From Its Past?  —  The reincarnation of the dot-com crash-and-burn Linuxcare, it's seeking to serve up a tech comeback story  —  It's not that Matt Mosman has an easy job.  As Linux continues its march deeper into Corporate America's racks and racks of servers …
San Francisco Chronicle:
AT&T rewrites rules: Your data isn't yours  —  AT&T has issued an updated privacy policy that takes effect Friday.  The changes are significant because they appear to give the telecom giant more latitude when it comes to sharing customers' personal data with government officials.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Yahoo Local joins the microformat revolution  —  In the quest to make the Web more structured, Yahoo Local (the link from the Yahoo Local blog goes to The Dalles, where Google is building its mega datacenter) now supports the hCalendar, hCard, and hReview microformats on almost all business listings …
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.
Will O'Brien / Engadget:
How-To: Wiring VoIP to your phone jacks  —  We've been together for a long time, but we think it's time for us to take a break up.  It's just... we met someone else; someone who will hook us up with free long distance.  But don't worry, we'll give you a call sometime next year when we're looking for faster internet.
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and 21talks
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.
Jared / the future is yesterday:
Unofficial This American Life Podcast is no More  —  I have decided to remove the Unofficial This American Life podcast at the request of TAL's webmaster Elizabeth Meister.  Contrary to posts on Boing Boing and elsewhere, Jon Udell and I did not recieve a "nastygram" or formal ceast and desist letter.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Rough Type
Sprint Announces North America Data Roaming Deals  —  International expansion includes Bell Canada and Mexico's Iusacell  —  Media Contact:  —  John Polivka, 972 405-5139  —  Customers of Sprint (NYSE: S) now have more international locations to easily access mobile data applications …
Discussion: Gearlog, Gizmodo and Phone Scoop
Kim Zetter / Salon:
Is the NSA spying on U.S. Internet traffic?  —  Salon exclusive: Two former AT&T employees say the telecom giant has maintained a secret, highly secure room in St. Louis since 2002.  Intelligence experts say it bears the earmarks of a National Security Agency operation.
Discussion: broadband
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