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8:40 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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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 …
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:
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
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 …
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 …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Google Checkout Isn't a Paypal Killer
Discussion: PostBubble
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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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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Does Wi-Fi security matter?  —  A large percentage of Wi-Fi networks are "horribly insecure," according to researchers at Indiana University.  —  In a study of almost 2,500 access points in Indianapolis, presented at the Workshop on the Economics of Information Security at the University …
Paul Briggs / MobileWhack.com:
Nokia Mobile Phone with Metal Detector  —  The world's biggest phone manufacture company Nokia had devised a mobile handset that can also double as a metal detector, enabling the owner to look for concealed guns, [bombs], hidden electrical cables and lost car keys.
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.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Mark Pilgrim's list of Ubuntu essentials for ex-Mac users  —  Mac guru and software developer Mark Pilgrim recently switched to Ubuntu Linux after becoming fed up with proprietary Mac file-formats and the increasing use of DRM technologies in the MacOS.  I've been a Mac user since 1984, and have a Mac tattooed on my right bicep.
 
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