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1:55 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 …
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 …
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
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Browser bugs hit IE, Firefox  —  Two new security flaws have been discovered in Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and one could also affect Mozilla's Firefox, security experts have warned.  —  Code for both the vulnerabilities has been published, but there have been no reports of attacks taking advantage …
Discussion: Neowin.net and TechSpot
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 …
 
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Google Is A Very 1.0 Shopping Engine
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft ponders Windows successor
Jay Brewer / Single Serve Coffee:
Preva Portable Espresso Maker in the Wild
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Leslie Walker / Washington Post:
Recognize Me?  —  Imagining a World Where Inventors Get Their Share of Fame
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Sony Micro Vault Mini
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Price - Who're You Calling a Freeloader?
Discussion: Techdirt
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Hands-on with Napster's new 1GB player
Toby / The Diva Marketing Blog:
JupiterResearch Passes Around The Kool-Aid