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5:10 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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Perceptric Forum
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 …
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 …
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.  —  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.
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 …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Google Checkout Isn't a Paypal Killer
Discussion: PostBubble
Joe / Techdirt:
Google Releases Product That Actually Could Make Money
Discussion: Geeking with Greg
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?
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.
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.
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
Lifehacker:
Windows Vista Beta: A tour in screenshots  —  If anything can be said about Windows Vista, it's that it's real pretty.  I've been running the Beta Preview for several weeks, and now that we've got the pixellage to do so, a screengrab tour of Vista is in order.
Discussion: TechSpot and eHomeUpgrade
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Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
Vista to have its own widescreen TFT monitor
Scott Carney / Wired News:
One Cheap Desktop for All  —  Imagine a world where the next generation of computers isn't a hundred times faster and a lot more expensive than the one you just bought.  What if they were designed without all the bells and whistles to be just a little more practical at a fraction of the price?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Anything But iPod:
SanDisk Sansa e280 First 8GB Flash Player  —  A photo of the e280 player has surfaced in the SanDisk Sansa forums posted by someone deep within SanDisk's Virginia based lab.  (Thanks ARIN WHOIS database!)  Either SanDisk is purposely leaking info or someone didn't get the memo about posting images of beta wares to forums.
 
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