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2:35 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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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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google Checkout checks in  —  update Google on Thursday unveiled its much anticipated online payment processing system designed to offer shoppers with a Google account a quick way to pay for things.  —  Web sites and merchants can integrate Google Checkout into their sites …
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 …
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.
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.
Official Google Blog:
Find it with Google.  Buy it with Google Checkout.  —  We've heard time and again from users: "I find great stores through Google search, but every time I try to buy from an online store, I have to re-enter the same billing, shipping, and credit card information.  There are too many steps.
Google Blogoscoped:   Google Checkout Is Live
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Google Checkout Isn't a Paypal Killer
Discussion: PostBubble
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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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft shuffles more executives
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Vic Gundotra Goes to Google, RIF Comes to Microsoft?
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Wow, Vic Gundotra leaves Microsoft for Google
Discussion: Bink.nu and Valleywag
Microsoft Team RSS Blog:
Read Feeds with Ease in Beta 3  —  IE7 Beta 3 is here!  We've snuck in some goodies in the feed reading user experience based on your Beta 2 feedback (keep the comments coming!).  We are feature-complete for feed reading in IE7, but we're still looking for feedback to make tweaks and fixes for the final release.
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.
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.
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants:
Saying "goodbye" to the Net  —  The Senate Commerce Committee, splitting 11 to 11 and therefore rejecting compromise language, set the stage for a carrier-controlled Internet.  If the bill passes the Senate and is signed by the President, you can kiss the Net you know "goodbye."
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Lawsuit calls Microsoft's anti-piracy tool spyware  —  Company disputes claim, says action is baseless  —  A computer user is suing Microsoft Corp. over the company's Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy tool, alleging that it violates laws against spyware.
Agence France Presse:
Smile!  A new Canadian tool can re-grow teeth say inventors  —  Snaggle-toothed hockey players and sugar lovers may soon rejoice as Canadian scientists said they have created the first device able to re-grow teeth and bones.  —  The researchers at the University of Alberta …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Medgadget
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
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.
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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Google loses French trademark lawsuit
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