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10:00 AM ET, June 30, 2006

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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 …
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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.
IEBlog:
Beta 3 UX Improvements  —  Hi everybody, Max here.  I posted before about "A New Look for IE" back when we released the beta 2 preview, and with the launch of beta 3, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about some of the new functionality we have added and changes we have made specifically related to your feedback.
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.
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Google Checkout to merchants: Give us your customers, and your advertising  —  What is Google Checkout, from the merchant perspective?  According to Google: … Google also asserts to ecommerce retailers that not only will Google Checkout drive more customers and drive more sales …
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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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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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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?
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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Identity and trust  —  Today Google announced the innocuously named …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
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AppleInsider:
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Attack code out for Apple flaw
BBC:
Virgin France fined over piracy