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1:40 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.
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 …
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 …
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Google Checkout to Integrate with AdWords  —  Google's long-awaited payments service, dubbed Checkout, is set to be launched today.  The offering is integrated with the company's AdWords program, displaying an icon on participating advertisers' ads and giving them a discount on payment processing.
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
Official Google Blog:
Find it with Google. Buy it with Google Checkout.
Discussion: Mashable* and SearchViews
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google Checkout checks in
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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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.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft releases final IE 7 beta  —  A new Internet Explorer beta shows that Microsoft is trying to put its browser security woes behind it.  —  The software maker plans to release the third and last beta version of IE 7 on Thursday, getting closer to final delivery by the end of 2006.
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Credit Card-Sized PC  —  Computers are getting even smaller, and this CM-X270 from Compulab of Israel is the size of a credit card.  It's a real PC, with four USB ports, a PCI bus, 128MB of RAM, a 512MB flash memory card, AC '97 audio, all running on an Intel XScale processor.
Discussion: Neowin.net, OhGizmo! and Ubergizmo
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.
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
Dick / Identity 2.0:
Google Account Authentication: two steps forward, one step back  —  Google has just released Google Account Authentication.  My initial reaction: great technology for rich clients and web sites acting acting on behalf of the user, but deepens the Google identity silo.
 
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