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3:30 PM ET, June 27, 2006


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Mylene Mangalindan / Wall Street Journal:
Google Gets Ready to Test GBuy, A New Online-Payment Option  —  For years, consumers who didn't want to give Web merchants their credit-card information faced limited options when it came to making purchases online.  This week, consumers could get access to another electronic-payment option …
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
The EV-DO ExpressCard Is Here!  (From Dell)  —  Dell just released the first ExpressCard for Verizon's high-speed EV-DO network: The Dell Wireless 5700 Mobile Broadband ExpressCard.  This is a rebranded version of the Novatel XV620 that I tested back in April, and it will sell for $179 on Dell's Web site by the end of this week.
Discussion: Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Dell's EV-DO ExpressCard coming this week
Dan Goodin / Associated Press:
Marvell paying $600M for Intel unit  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Intel Corp., facing slowing demand for personal computers and stiffer competition, is selling its division that makes processors for handheld devices in a $600 million deal announced Tuesday with Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
Mike / Techdirt:
Cable Guy Says Portals Are Toast  —  from the haven't-we-heard-that-before?  dept  —  Leo Hindery is a cable guy.  He's always been a cable guy.  He was the head of TCI which eventually got bought by AT&T and became AT&T Broadband.  Later he was head of GlobalCenter and was there as that telco bubble-era play popped.
Brian Ward / The Tech Confidential Blog:
Leo Hindery's death sentence for the portals  —  Leo Hindery's Washington Insider Keynote at the Convergence 2.0 conference barely touched on Washington at all, but was filled with plenty of bold statements.  Hindery, managing partner at Intermedia Partners, first took all content and distribution …
Chicago Tribune:
Hands off the Internet  —  There's a movement in Congress to make telephone and cable companies treat all the traffic on their high-speed networks the same.  That is, charge all content providers the same price.  This goes by the name "net neutrality."  It sounds vaguely appealing in a country that values equality for all.
Discussion: The Original Blog
Mike / Techdirt:
Why Is There So Little Honesty In The Net Neutrality Debate?
Discussion: IP Democracy
Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
Social Networking for Bookworms  —  If bookcases are a way to casually display interests dear to the owner, the Internet throws open the doors on reading habits.  Social-networking and book retailers' sites are already rife with lists of readers' favorite material, allowing people to compare notes on taste and compatibility.
Discussion: Jarrett House North
Tobias Buck / Financial Times:
EU poised to rule against Microsoft  —  The European Union's top antitrust regulator is poised to issue a formal ruling that finds Microsoft guilty of breaking EU competition rules.  The ruling is likely to be accompanied by fines for the US software group of up to €2m ($2.5m) a day.
Barry Fox / NewScientistTech:
Invention: Password-protected bullets  —  For more than 30 years, Barry Fox has trawled through the world's weird and wonderful patent applications, uncovering the most exciting, bizarre or even terrifying new ideas.  His column, Invention, is exclusively online.  Scroll down for a round-up of previous Invention articles.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Jellyfish's Liquid E-Commerce Market  —  It's nothing new.  —  I get this comment all the time when I'm trying to describe what I think is a (r)evolutionary change.  It's human instinct to cleave to what we already know, to hope that we can continue to live comfortably in the world that we've already wrapped our minds around.
Mark McGuire / Jellyfish:
Unveiling and VPA Advertising
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Google and MySpace: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda!!  —  In the latest (July) issue of Wired magazine, Rupert Murdoch claims that Google...  So that means Google could have acquired MySpace a year ago for about $290 million.  Talk about a strategic blunder... the thought of Google and MySpace, combined, boggles the mind.
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Suit 2.0  —  Back in the nineties, Jason Calacanis was a Silicon Alley cowboy.  Now, at AOL, he's in full corporate harness.  Is that the only way for an entrepreneur to get to the top?  —  B  —  ack in the fall of 1998, on the night after AOL announced that it was undertaking …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Is Jajah really cool, or really lame?  Offers free phone calls, maybe  —  Jajah, a Mountain View start-up, is supposedly offering free phone calls beginning today to any land or mobile phone in the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC to run TV promos on YouTube  —  NBC and YouTube are going from foes to friends.  —  The network is announcing a deal today that will see select clips of NBC series embedded on the popular viral-video site beginning this week, sources said.  —  NBC and YouTube declined comment.
Put the Pedal to the Metal: Take the 2007 Microsoft Office System Out for a Spin  —  More than 2.5 million people already using the Beta 2 release.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — June 26, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced a "try it before you buy it" program allowing people to take an online test-drive …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Akimbo's Still Got Life  —  The Akimbo story isn't over yet... As Om Malik reported yesterday, Akimbo has picked up $15 million dollars from a variety of investors including Cisco and AT&T. Not so coincidentally, Akimbo will be providing content downloads for AT&T's upcoming Homezone service.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Screenwerk
THE MYSPACE PROBLEM  —  When it comes to some of the web's most popular sites - is their success because of or in spite of 'ugly' design?  —  In his 2004 AIGA magazine piece It's Good to Be Bad, David Volgler observed a troubling trend in web design.  Pointing to six popular but ugly websites …
Discussion: Bokardo and Weblogsky
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Pink DS Lite on the way  —  We all knew that the DS Lite would end up coming out in many different colors, but who knew it would be so soon!  Japan can expect to see the release of a Pink DS Lite somewhere around July 20th according to many Japanese retailers.
Discussion: Kotaku and DS Fanboy
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Windows Live Spaces to Debut July 15  —  Microsoft said Friday that it was preparing to migrate its Spaces blogging service to its Windows Live brand, and with the change the company will add new features and tighter integration with other Windows Live services.
SLHamlet / New World Notes:
AVATAR-BASED MARKETING: THE AVATAR-BASED PANEL (PART ONE OF FIVE)  —  A virtual island owned by Harvard, five panelists from California, the East Coast, Toronto, and London, an audience of advertisers, academics, and developers from points unknown, all gathered together in avatar form to discuss …
Michael Heilemann / Binary Bonsai:
A View on Vista  —  Dear God, the worst headline ever!  But yeah, I promised Christoffer Alm I would tell him in no unsure terms why I think Windows Vista likes goats, and by golly here we go (screenshots supplied by Thurrot):  —  First of all, I don't hate the transparent windows as much as some people …
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