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12:40 PM ET, June 29, 2006

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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 …
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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.
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 …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Google Checkout: Amazon's worst nightmare  —  On Thursday, Google is launching its buying service, Google Checkout (known previously by Google-watchers as GBuy).  It is going to make purchasing easier for Web users.  You'll just enter your credit card billing and address information once …
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
It's official: Google launches 'Checkout' with predatory pricing model aiming to 'increase advertising spending'  —  As I postulated Tuesday in my "Google GBuy online payment system to lock-in AdWords advertisers and usurp consumers via discounts and rebates ", Google has officially launched …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Checkout offers low-cost transactions for sellers; what's in it for me?  —  Google Checkout launched early this morning and may significantly change the online shopping sector.  The system offers low transaction costs for merchants and mediation between buyers and sellers online …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Checkout Is Live  —  Google released the long-rumored Google Checkout (Codename "Sierra"), a PayPal-like system to shop online without having to re-enter your personal information, and without having to remember different passwords.  As opposed to PayPal though, Checkout …
Official Google Blog:
Find it with Google. Buy it with Google Checkout.
Discussion: Mashable*
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Google Checkout: Will lose money to brutalize PayPal
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Bink.nu
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 …
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:   Vic Gundotra Goes to Google, RIF Comes to Microsoft?
Chris Anderson / Wired News:
People Power  —  First, steam power replaced muscle power and launched the Industrial Revolution.  Then Henry Ford's assembly line, along with advances in steel and plastic, ushered in the Second Industrial Revolution.  Next came silicon and the Information Age.
New York Times:
Sale of Digital Security Firm Said to Be Near  —  RSA Security, a pioneering digital security company, quietly put itself up for sale several months ago and is now near a deal with EMC or at least one other bidder, people involved in the auction process said last night.
Alex Curtis / Policy Blog:
Senator Stevens Speaks on Net Neutrality … Submitted by Bill Herman on June 28, 2006 - 7:12pm.  —  Senator Stevens just doesn't get it.  The excitement of the Internet isn't that it's a niftier TV.  In part, it's that "consumers" get to choose among tens of millions of media voices, in whatever combination they want.
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Ross / Trends in the Living Networks:
The Future of Media Strategic Framework  —  Future Exploration Network is organizing the Future of Media Summit, which will be held simultaneously in San Francisco on July 18 and Sydney on July 19 to explore the evolving world of media.  In preparation for this, we've prepared a Future of Media Strategic Framework.
Discussion: Squash, Filtered and Perceptric Forum
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.
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
 
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Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
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