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12:40 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 …
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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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.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Google Is A Very 1.0 Shopping Engine  —  With the launch of Google Checkout, Google is clearly aiming to be the world's online shopping engine.  The strategy has all the hallmarks of AdWords — Google doesn't care what you're looking for, what you find, or where you buy it …
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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.
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
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 …
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
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?
3g.co.uk:
Yahoo! Services on 3G Operator 3's Group Networks  —  Europe UK : 3 Group, the global leader in the 3G arena, and Yahoo!, a leading internet media company, today announced a global agreement in which Yahoo! will provide its portfolio of rich mobile services to 3 worldwide.
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.
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
 
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Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Lays Off 214 in U.S. Sales
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget Mobile:
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Discussion: jkOnTheRun and PalmAddicts
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Have a track attack with new referral channels
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft ponders Windows successor
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Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
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Discussion: Techdirt
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Hands-on with Napster's new 1GB player
AppleInsider:
Intel rolls out 2.33GHz Core Duo chip
Discussion: Engadget
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Derick Mains / Apple:
MTV Networks & Apple Bring More Music, Comedy & Entertainment …
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