Senate deals blow to Net neutrality — update WASHINGTON—A U.S. Senate panel narrowly rejected strict Net neutrality rules on Wednesday, dealing a grave setback to companies like eBay, Google and Amazon.com that had made enacting them a top political priority this year.
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband: As if the Christian Coalition, and Gun Owners support for Net …
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants: Saying "goodbye" to the Net
Paul Kapustka / Paul Kapustka's Blog: Net neutrality gets a tie in Senate?
James DeLong / IPcentral Weblog: S. 2686 — The Communications, Consumer's Choice …
Marshall Sponder / WebMetricsGuru: Net Neutrality is Dead says Chris Pirillo
Gordon Gould / The Gordon Gould Weblog: GOP-led Senate lames out on Net Neutrality
Doug Isenberg / GigaLaw.com Daily News: Senate Committee Rejects Net Neutrality Amendment
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 …
Discussion: Micro Persuasion and paidContent.org
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion: Google Checkout is Live
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 …
Discussion: David Card and Clickety Clack
Junior Hines / Clickety Clack: Early Google Checkout Reviews
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Open your wallet to Google
Open your wallet to Google
Discussion: Traffick and Search Engine Watch Blog
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 …
Discussion: Mini-Microsoft, Scobleizer and the j. botter weblog
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: Wow, Vic Gundotra leaves Microsoft for Google
J. Botter / the j. botter weblog: Another Microsoft Defection
Colin Barker / ZDNet:
Sun: Open source is about self-interest — For open source to prosper, people need to stop thinking of it as "free" and instead think of it as "connected capitalism," delegates at an open-source conference in London were told on Tuesday. — Speaking at the Open Source Business Conference …
Discussion: Open Sources, AC/OS and Vector One
Matt Asay / Open Sources: A time for Europe - Open source
Jeff Thurston / Vector One: SUN: Open Source = Self interest
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
VoIP features expected in Apple's Leopard — Software engineers at Apple Computer have been toiling away on a new set of features that will allow users of its next-generation Mac OS X operating system to place phone calls over their Internet connection, AppleInsider has learned.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and O'Reilly Emerging Telephony
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop: Apple to offer VoIP and more in 10.5?
Bruce Stewart / O'Reilly Emerging Telephony: Next Mac OS to Include VoIP in iChat
Lynne Marek / LAW.com:
Online Peers Stand Up for Craigslist in Lawsuit — Google, Amazon.com, AOL and Yahoo are helping defend online peer Craigslist against a lawsuit that would hold the Web site liable for discriminatory housing ads that appeared on its site. — The online companies last week filed an amicus brief …
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets: Amazon, AOL, eBay, Google, Yahoo - 'In support of Craigslist'
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Watch Blog: Google and Yahoo Come to the Aid of Craigslist
Melly Alazraki / YHOO - Blogging Stocks: Yahoo after the bell 6-28-06: The Internet community
Om Malik / CNNMoney.com:
How Fox Interactive got so sly — Ross Levinsohn's wheeling and dealing to get News Corp. back in the Web game has been ridiculed by many as profligate and late. But he may yet prove them all wrong. — SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2. Magazine) — News Corp. executive Ross Levinsohn …
Discussion: Vacuum, J. LeRoy's Evolving Web, Beet.TV, B2Day, GigaOM and Mark Evans
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day: The Man Who Bought MySpace
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Verizon Wireless to ease up on fees — NEW YORK - Targeting a top gripe by cell phone users and breaking ranks again with its industry, Verizon Wireless plans to prorate the fee it charges subscribers who break a contract so they only pay an amount proportional to the time left on their agreements.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Phone Scoop
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Props to Verizon Wireless for leading the pack (for a change)
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Sony to Ship 8GB NW-A1200 Music Player — We've seen these Sony A-series MP3 players before, but the NW-A1000 models were only capable of holding 6GB. Now Sony has decided to unleash an 8GB model on the US market, the NW-A1200, which will be available in either pink or purple.
Discussion: Engadget, Ubergizmo and Alpha Blog
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Sony's NW-A1200 8GB Walkman straight outta Japan
Jasmine France / Alpha Blog: Sony NW-A1200 available for preorder in the United States
Scott M. Fulton, III / TG Daily:
Microsoft introduces 360-degree conferencing camera as part of VoIP strategy — San Francisco (CA) - At what had been billed as a rollout event for the company's Office Communications and "softphone" software yesterday, Microsoft Business Division President Jeff Raikes unveiled an intriguing …
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.
Superfast internet cafe launches — An internet cafe offering connections 50 times faster than typical broadband services has opened in Cornwall. — Computers at Goonhilly satellite station, on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, are connected to BT's global internet protocol network.
Discussion: Vecosys, jkOnTheRun, The Technology Chronicles and Ubergizmo
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: No wonder we're getting so many tips from Cornwall!
Alan Saracevic / The Technology Chronicles: Morning Edition — Here's a heapin' helping of Wednesday's tech news.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The new publishing model (or, "On Rafat, Om, Federated Media, AdBrite, and Blogads.") — My VC pal Fred Wilson is trying to figure out what Om and Rafat are raising venture capital since the whole discussion over the past couple of years has been that media companies don't need a lot of capital.
Discussion: the j. botter weblog, A VC and Scripting News
J. Botter / the j. botter weblog: Jason's Right: The New Model