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1:40 PM ET, June 30, 2006

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Business Week:
Inside Google's New-Product Process  —  The philosophy is, try a bunch of ideas, refine them, and see what survives, says Marissa Mayer, the search giant's product-launch czar  —  For outsiders looking in, Google's (GOOG) flurry of product releases can appear random and a bit confusing.
Victor Mihailescu / news.softpedia.com:
Apple Acknowledges MacBook Stains As Manufacturing Defect  —  It looks like they have changed the plastics used...  It looks like all the complaints about the white MacBooks have finally gotten through to Apple.  —  A small, but still significant number of people have been reporting …
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Blogger / iBloggedThis:
An Origami solution to the Apple MacBook TrackPad "squishy" Button Problem  —  More and more Apple MacBook users are complaining of a "squishy" or unresponsive trackpad button.  Some of the Apple Macbooks have a very crispy and responsive feel when you click down the button on the trackpad …
Charlie Brooker / Guardian:
Supposing ... I'm too old for MySpace  —  It had to happen, and it has.  Age has crept up on me.  I'm becoming resistant to technological change.  —  It used to be so different.  I've always been a geek, and proud of it.  In my 20s, I lived in a chaotic mangle of keyboards and wires.
Discussion: Tech_Space
Maggie Fox / Reuters:
Cellphone talkers as bad as drunk drivers: study  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People who talk on cellphones while driving, even using "hands-free" devices, are as impaired as drunk drivers, researchers said on Thursday.  —  "If legislators really want to address driver distraction …
Discussion: Engadget and textually.org
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 …
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Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Lays Off 214 in U.S. Sales
news.xinhuanet.com:
China to tighten supervision over blogs, search engines  —  www.chinaview.cn 2006-06-29 20:48:48  —  BEIJING, June 29 (Xinhua) — Blogs and search engines, the most active parts of China information industry, will undergo strict supervision of the government.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Baidu To Launch Baidu Space, (Potentially) Huge Blogging Site
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher—Tom …:
Chris Heuer is the project lead: Signups for the new media press release (really!)  —  I've been working with the PR industry to figure out a better way to create press/news releases that are more useful to reporters and others, in this multi-media channel world we live in.
Allison Romano / Broadcasting & Cable:
CBS, Affils Strike Digital Deal  —  CBS and its affiliates have agreed on the framework for a new revenue-sharing agreement that clears the way for the network to distribute its content on digital platforms and deals affiliates in on potential profit.  —  The pact, announced Thursday …
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.
instructables.com:
introUltra TV-B-Gone  —  This TV-B-Gone uses a 9V battery to send its signal through a matrix of 20 IR LEDS.  This extends the working range of the device to about 90ft (line of sight).  Using this in a regular sized room you are pretty much guaranteed to kill the TV no matter where you point it.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Reuters:
UPDATE 1-News Corp. sees Internet revenue rising in FY '07  —Text+(Adds details from UBS report pertaining to MySpace.com)  —  NEW YORK, June 29 (Reuters) - Global media conglomerate News Corp. (NWS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Thursday it expected Internet revenue to rise to nearly $500 million in fiscal year 2007.
Discussion: 21talks and paidContent.org
IEBlog:
Uninstalling IE7 Beta Releases  —  We've noticed questions/comments/confusion about uninstalling IE7 so I wanted to highlight one of our FAQs and add a little more detail.  —  Uninstalling IE7 will leave you with a fully-functional IE6 and allow you to install the latest release, IE7 Beta 3 …
Jo Best / silicon.com:
Virgin Trains get connected with WiMax and HSDPA  —  Connectivity off the rails...  Virgin Trains has opted for WiMax to connect passengers wanting to browse the internet from their seat.  —  Virgin will be experimenting with the long range broadband wireless standard on its west coast mainline service …
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
 
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MTV Networks & Apple Bring More Music, Comedy & Entertainment …