Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Aims to Speed the Online Checkout Line — In its quest to "organize the world's information," Google now wants to keep track of your credit card number and where you live. — The company is introducing Google Checkout today, a service that will allow users to make purchases …
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets, Performancing.com, paidContent.org, Payments News, Micro Persuasion, Gadgetell and Mark Evans
Nick Wilson / Performancing.com: Google Checkout, Too Little, Too Late?
Scott Loftesness / Payments News: Move Over PayPal, Here Comes Google Checkout
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion: Google Checkout is Live
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Google Checkout Supports Its Core Search Business — Google unveiled its long-awaited wallet service, codenamed "GBuy" and officially called "Google Checkout". While frequently described as an "eBay killer", I believe that it's actually positioned to solve a perplexing and core problem at Google …
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, David Card, Master of 500 Hats, Okdork.com, Inside AdWords and Clickety Clack
Inside AdWords crew / Inside AdWords: Introducing Google Checkout
Junior Hines / Clickety Clack: Early Google Checkout Reviews
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Google Launches Checkout, not the Rumored GBuy — Google has launched Google Checkout, a payment system for online retailers that's tightly integrated with Google AdWords. Checkout isn't the rumored PayPal killer, but it does offer some compelling features for both merchants and online shoppers alike.
Discussion: Search Engine Roundtable and I4U News
Official Google Blog:
Find it with Google. Buy it with Google Checkout.
Find it with Google. Buy it with Google Checkout.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*: Google Checkout Isn't a Paypal Killer
Owen Thomas / CNNMoney.com:
Brain Drain: Another Microsoft exec jumps to Google — One more Microsoft executive looks at the Google threat - and concludes, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. — NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — It hasn't been a good month for Microsoft's Google-fighters. So bad that one left abruptly last week …
Discussion: Search Engine Watch Blog, Scripting News and the j. botter weblog
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog: Another Microsoft Executive Leaves To Join Google
J. Botter / the j. botter weblog: Another Microsoft Defection
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft shuffles more executives — Microsoft on Wednesday shuffled around several more executives as part of its ongoing restructuring of the company. — In the most significant of the shifts, senior vice president Orlando Ayala will move from his role overseeing sales to small …
Discussion: Microsoft News Tracker
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Vic Gundotra Goes to Google, RIF Comes to Microsoft? — Looks like some late breaking news coming in via the comments: … Vic is going to Google, after taking a year off as part of his non-compete. — A prelude? … And: … Lastly: … I was thinking that same situation this morning while washing out my coffee cup.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Wow, Vic Gundotra leaves Microsoft for Google — Interesting, Vic Gundotra leaves Microsoft, Business 2.0 says, to take a year off and then head to Google. — Vic is the guy who hired me into Microsoft and is one of the people who made me believe. I will never forget his pitch to me to join Microsoft …
Senate deals blow to Net neutrality — update WASHINGTON—A U.S. Senate panel narrowly rejected strict Net neutrality rules on Wednesday, dealing a grave setback to companies like eBay, Google and Amazon.com that had made enacting them a top political priority this year.
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband: As if the Christian Coalition, and Gun Owners support for Net …
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants: Saying "goodbye" to the Net
Paul Kapustka / Paul Kapustka's Blog: Net neutrality gets a tie in Senate?
James DeLong / IPcentral Weblog: S. 2686 — The Communications, Consumer's Choice …
Marshall Sponder / WebMetricsGuru: Net Neutrality is Dead says Chris Pirillo
Gordon Gould / The Gordon Gould Weblog: GOP-led Senate lames out on Net Neutrality
Doug Isenberg / GigaLaw.com Daily News: Senate Committee Rejects Net Neutrality Amendment
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google loses French trademark lawsuit — A French court of appeals on Wednesday affirmed a lower court ruling that Google infringed on Louis Vuitton's trademark by selling search-related keyword advertising to competitors of the fashion company, Louis Vuitton said.
Discussion: Techdirt and IPcentral Weblog
James DeLong / IPcentral Weblog: Click Ads & Trademarks
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
VoIP features expected in Apple's Leopard — Software engineers at Apple Computer have been toiling away on a new set of features that will allow users of its next-generation Mac OS X operating system to place phone calls over their Internet connection, AppleInsider has learned.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and O'Reilly Emerging Telephony
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop: Apple to offer VoIP and more in 10.5?
Bruce Stewart / O'Reilly Emerging Telephony: Next Mac OS to Include VoIP in iChat
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Sony to Ship 8GB NW-A1200 Music Player — We've seen these Sony A-series MP3 players before, but the NW-A1000 models were only capable of holding 6GB. Now Sony has decided to unleash an 8GB model on the US market, the NW-A1200, which will be available in either pink or purple.
Discussion: Ubergizmo, Alpha Blog and Engadget
Jasmine France / Alpha Blog: Sony NW-A1200 available for preorder in the United States
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Sony's NW-A1200 8GB Walkman straight outta Japan
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Verizon Wireless to ease up on fees — NEW YORK - Targeting a top gripe by cell phone users and breaking ranks again with its industry, Verizon Wireless plans to prorate the fee it charges subscribers who break a contract so they only pay an amount proportional to the time left on their agreements.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT, jkOnTheRun and Phone Scoop
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Props to Verizon Wireless for leading the pack (for a change)
Time Warner Goes Dualmode — Time Warner Cable Inc. is working with Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S - message board), BridgePort Networks Inc. , and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI - message board; Frankfurt: SIE) to roll out a dualmode cellular/VOIP phone service to subscribers, according to Time Warner and one vendor involved in the project.
Discussion: dailywireless.org, O'Reilly Emerging Telephony, VoIP Watch and 21talks
Bruce Stewart / O'Reilly Emerging Telephony: Cingular Warms to VoIP?
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch: Cingular Ready To Break Ranks?
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
RIAA Shifts Lawsuit Strategy — June 26, 2003, marked the day the Recording Industry Association of America began collecting evidence and preparing lawsuits against individual file-sharers. At the time, the effort was the main spearhead in a multifaceted campaign to stem the unchecked growth of file-sharing.