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11:50 PM ET, June 29, 2006

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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 …
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PowerSellerKing:
eBay employee talks GBuy vs Paypal - calling GBuy (Google Checkout) evil?  —  eBay Strategies reported that an eBay employee, Rogelio Choy, "talked smack" about Google's GBuy in a recent blog post.  —  When I went to the employee's blog, no smack was to be found, just this nice little post:
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Google Is Doing Checkouts?  —  The discourse and discussion in the blogosphere today is Google Checkout.  —  "The goal here is to make it be one nanosecond from the time the customer decides to buy to the time the transaction is complete and the product is on the way," Eric Schmidt …
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 …
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 …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Identity and trust  —  Today Google announced the innocuously named …
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.
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Ian Moulster / Ian Moulster's blog:
Get Vista beta 2 before we stop downloads/orders  —  Update: The program will close on Friday June 30th 2006  —  In case you weren't aware, we are only providing a limited number of copies of Windows Vista Beta 2 - either download or physical copies - and we're fast approaching the cut-off point.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft delays Office 2007 again  —  update Microsoft said Thursday that it is making another slight delay to the planned arrival time for Office 2007, citing performance concerns with recent test versions.  —  The software maker now plans to finish the code for the revamped Office suite …
Brian Ward / TechEffect:
A quick glimpse at Sirius' new portable  —  During the Convergence 2.0 conference Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin talked about a new, fully-portable Sirius receiver/MP3 player.  He even took a beta version of the device out of his pocket and flashed it to the crowd.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Orbitcast
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Evan Blass / Engadget:   Sirius CEO reveals portable receiver/DAP
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."
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Tkarr / Save the Internet:
Wyden to Block Telecom Bill Without Net Neutrality
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Attack code out for Apple flaw  —  update Attack code that exploits a flaw in Apple Computer's Mac OS X was publicly released Wednesday, increasing the urgency to patch.  —  The code's arrival comes just a day after Apple made an update available for its operating system.
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
Derick Mains / Apple:
MTV Networks & Apple Bring More Music, Comedy & Entertainment Programming to the iTunes Music Store  —  NEW YORK and CUPERTINO, California—June 29, 2006—MTV Networks and Apple® today announced that new television programming from Spike TV, Nick at Nite, TV Land, Logo …
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.
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
 
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Microsoft teases with wireless backlit keyboard
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Mobile next battleground for Linux
Discussion: OSNews.com and 21talks
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Lawsuit calls Microsoft's anti-piracy tool spyware
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
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