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4:25 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
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Dell's EV-DO ExpressCard coming this week
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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.
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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.
Discussion: unmediated
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Mike / Techdirt:
Why Is There So Little Honesty In The Net Neutrality Debate?  —  from the is-it-so-hard?  dept  —  We've been bashing both sides of the net neutrality debate for stretching their arguments to ridiculous extremes — but what's bothersome is that even when things are clearly untrue and been disproved …
Discussion: IP Democracy
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Chicago Tribune:
Hands off the Internet
Discussion: The Original Blog
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Is Microsoft about to release a Windows "kill switch"? … Two weeks ago, I wrote about my serious objections to Microsoft's latest salvo in the war against unauthorized copies of Windows.  Two Windows Genuine Advantage components are being pushed onto users' machines with insufficient notification …
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.
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.
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.
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Warner Bros. sells films via Guba.com  —  LOS ANGELES - Warner Bros. began selling its movies and TV shows over the Internet video site Guba.com Monday, marking the second deal the studio has made to distribute content over Web sites that have offered pirated video in the past.
Discussion: unmediated
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.
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Mark McGuire / Jellyfish:
Unveiling Jellyfish.com and VPA Advertising
Discussion: AttentionTrust.org
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.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Online Effort Is Planned Against Child Pornography  —  In the face of government pressure, a group of Internet companies is undertaking a cooperative effort to help combat child pornography online.  —  The group, organized last week by AOL, includes Yahoo, Microsoft, Earthlink and United Online.
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.
Microsoft:
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 …
 
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Joseph Jaffe / marketingsherpa.com:
MarketingSherpa's Top 10 Best Blogs & Best Podcast of 2006 …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Akimbo's Still Got Life
Discussion: Gizmodo and Screenwerk
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Cellfire Takes Coupon App National Tomorrow but the Real Story is Usage
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable*
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
The Scoop on the m00p Group
Akma / AKMA's Random Thoughts:
Flights of Angels  —  A lovely, generous friend of us all, Michelle Goodrich, has died.
Discussion: mamamusings and IMproPRieTies
proidee.co.uk:
The UV shoe dryer. Warms, dries and removes unpleasant odour.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
USA Today:
Sun CEO sees competitive advantage in blogging
Discussion: UMBC eBiquity Blog
Alan Saracevic / The Technology Chronicles:
Morning Edition  —  Hello there on this fine Monday morning.
 Earlier Items: 
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Pink DS Lite on the way
Discussion: Kotaku and DS Fanboy
thinkvitamin.com:
THE MYSPACE PROBLEM
Discussion: Bokardo and Weblogsky
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
The People Formerly Known as the Audience
SLHamlet / New World Notes:
AVATAR-BASED MARKETING: THE AVATAR-BASED PANEL (PART ONE OF FIVE)
Elliott Back:
Wordpress And Automattic: A Sinister Pair
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
UPDATED: ODD - WHY IS GOOGLE NOT RETURNING RESULTS FOR "AMAZON.COM"?
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Windows Live Spaces to Debut July 15
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Suit 2.0  —  Back in the nineties, Jason Calacanis was a Silicon Alley cowboy.