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9:00 AM ET, June 30, 2006

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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.
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IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 for Windows XP (and more) Now Available  —  This morning we released IE7 Beta 3 for Windows XP.  This version includes improvements in reliability, compatibility, security, and a few end user features.  Give it a try at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ default.mspx.
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 …
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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:
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 …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Microsoft's sliding ship date headache
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.
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Evan Blass / Engadget:   Sirius CEO reveals portable receiver/DAP
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Baidu To Launch Baidu Space, (Potentially) Huge Blogging Site  —  Baidu, China's most popular search engine, plans to launch a new blogging service to rival Blogger and MSN Spaces.  Baidu Spaces will also take on local players like Bokee, Blogbus and BlogCN.
Greg Reinacker / Greg Reinacker's Weblog:
NewsGator platform roadmap - Part II (a look forward)  —  A few days ago, I wrote the first part of this roadmap, which basically summarized what we've been up to over the last 16 months.  If you haven't read it yet, go do it now - you'll need it for background.  —  So now onto the good stuff...what's coming?
Toby / The Diva Marketing Blog:
JupiterResearch Passes Around The Kool-Aid  —  JupiterResearch released some highlights from the findings of a study about corporate blogging that has the blogopshere buzzing like bees to a hive of honey.  According to the smart analysts at JupiterResearch by the end of 2006 corporate blogs …
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 …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Microsoft teases with wireless backlit keyboard  —  It's not often that you see a teaser campaign for the utilitarian keyboard, so it's safe to assume that a wireless backlit model Microsoft has in the pipeline must be something pretty special.  Although not many details are revealed …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gearlog
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Hands-on with Napster's new 1GB player  —  Napster isn't so shy about their new DAPs after all.  We just got to spend a little time with Napster's new 1GB PlaysForSure promotional player, and we liked what we saw for the most part.  The tiny device probably won't be seen outside of its current role …
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Price - Who're You Calling a Freeloader?  —  One of the major objections to flat-rate pricing of communication services, including Internet access, is the danger that a small percentage of users will absorb a huge percentage of the resources either degrading service or raising prices for everyone else.
Discussion: Techdirt
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to chop 200 sales jobs  —  Microsoft said Thursday that it is cutting about 200 jobs as part of a realignment of its U.S. sales force.  —  The software maker is cutting 214 positions, including telesales and marketing jobs at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters as well as other positions …
T3:
T3's Top Five iPod Alternatives  —  Check out our definitive list for the finest mp3 players outside the ranks of Apple's iPod army!  —  Lusting after a music player, but want something different to Apple's legions of ear-budded iPod fans?  Our list of alternative tuneboxes will get your feet tapping all the way to the shops!
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Gizmodo
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Sony Micro Vault Mini  —  Sony has launched the super tiny Micro Vault Mini USB drives in the Korean market.  Measuring just 1.45cm x 3cm x 2.7mm the drives are available in a variety of fruit inspired colors.  The drives are available in 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB capacities.
Discussion: MobileWhack.com, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Guruza brings IM to expert questioning  —  Sites that allow users to post questions for other users are growing in popularity and Guruza looks like an especially interactive one.  It was created by Rich Collins, Adam Thorsen and friends under the name One Room Software in Palo Alto.  —  Here's how it works.
Discussion: 21talks
Leslie Walker / Washington Post:
Recognize Me?  —  Imagining a World Where Inventors Get Their Share of Fame  —  Mention the Segway, and you're more likely to recognize the famous people who have ridden it than the man who invented it.  —  The two-wheeled motorized scooter is only one of the many inventions Dean Kamen has brought to the world.
 
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft ponders Windows successor
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Preva Portable Espresso Maker in the Wild
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Skype:
Skype for Mac with video coming up — but don't use the buggy version
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Identity and trust  —  Today Google announced the innocuously named …
AppleInsider:
Intel rolls out 2.33GHz Core Duo chip
Discussion: Engadget
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Performancing Partners Ad Network Gears Up
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Attack code out for Apple flaw
BBC:
Virgin France fined over piracy
Dustin MacDonald:
How to: Create your own Leopard screenshots/videos
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Scott Carney / Wired News:
One Cheap Desktop for All  —  Imagine a world where the next generation …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Mark Pilgrim's list of Ubuntu essentials for ex-Mac users