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4:45 PM ET, June 30, 2006

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Business Week:
Polluting The Blogosphere  —  Bloggers are getting paid to push products.  Disclosure is optional  —  "You can't believe anything you see or read," complains Ted Murphy.  "You think those judges on American Idol want to drink those giant glasses of Coke?"
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
PayPerPost.com offers to buy your soul  —  PayPerPost.com offers to sell your soul  —  Ted Murphy, CEO of advertising firm Mindcomet, has launched a new service called PayPerPost.com.  You guessed it, it's a marketplace for companies to connect with bloggers who are willing to blog about a product - for a price.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Paul Marks / NewScientistTech:
Device records smells to play back later  —  IMAGINE being able to record a smell and play it back later, just as you can with sounds or images.  —  Engineers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan are building an odour recorder capable of doing just that.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
ESPN Wants to Be MySpace for Fans  —  Plans to Sell Sponsors Into Team Communities  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — ESPN is hoping to become the MySpace of the sports world.  In September, it will unveil as part of ESPN's Sports Nation property the tools for fans to create profiles …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Newsgator posts roadmap for the future of RSS  —  Newsgator and Feedburner are the two most active companies in the RSS space right now.  When either of these companies say anything, I pay close attention.  Yesterday Newsgator founder and CTO Greg Reinacker (listen to an interview …
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Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
Google Checkout: no PayPal killer  —  This week has seen plenty of conjecture about that online payment service Google was about to launch.  Well, now the service is here and it's not the PayPal killer many expected.  Our own Jeremy stood apart from the crowd by telling you so weeks ago.
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.
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 …
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Google now baby-steps away from eBay-like auction service  —  I was just reading Steve Bryant's Ten Possible Consequences of Google's GBuy and I couldn't help but wonder about his omission of the possibility that Google will use the core of the auction technology it has already developed …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Gnomedex: Web 2.0 is not an echochamber  —  Mike Arrington of TechCrunch, which chronicles the parade of Web 2.0 products and services, chaired the first Gnomedex session of the day, proclaimed that Web 2.0 is not just an echochamber.  He gave the example of Digg, which he said is getting to the size of the New York Times.
Discussion: CrunchNotes
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Worm appears as Microsoft antipiracy program  —  New malware spreads through AOL's Instant Messenger program  —  Security analysts have detected a new piece of malware that appears to run as a Microsoft program used to detect unlicensed versions of its operating system.
Tkarr / Save the Internet:
Stopping the Big Giveaway - by John Kerry  —  Editor's Note: The following is a guest blog for SavetheInternet.com by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.):  —  On Wednesday in the Senate Commerce Committee I warned that those of us who believe in net neutrality will block legislation that doesn't get the job done.
 
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