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10:35 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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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, 21talks and Somewhat Frank
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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.
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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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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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?
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 …
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
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget Mobile:
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Have a track attack with new referral channels
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft ponders Windows successor
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Leslie Walker / Washington Post:
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Skype:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Hands-on with Napster's new 1GB player
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Identity and trust  —  Today Google announced the innocuously named …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Microsoft teases with wireless backlit keyboard
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gearlog
AppleInsider:
Intel rolls out 2.33GHz Core Duo chip
Discussion: Engadget
T3:
T3's Top Five iPod Alternatives
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Gizmodo