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9:50 AM ET, June 29, 2006

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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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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?  —  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 …
Discussion: Bink.nu
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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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 …
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.
Official Google Blog:
Find it with Google. Buy it with Google Checkout.
Discussion: Mashable*
CNET News.com:
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.
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.
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
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Business Wire:   The Paris Court of Appeals Confirms Sanctions against Google …
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
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.
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
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.
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
lightreading.com:
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.
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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David Drummond / Official Google Blog:
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Spencer Reiss / Wired News:
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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Lynne Marek / LAW.com:
Online Peers Stand Up for Craigslist in Lawsuit
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Superfast internet cafe launches
Scott M. Fulton, III / TG Daily:
Microsoft introduces 360-degree conferencing camera as part of VoIP strategy
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and 21talks