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3:00 AM ET, July 1, 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.
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
MindComet launches Blogger Mercenary Program  —  I met Ted at the Frost and Sullivan Internet Strategies Symposium a few months ago, he's a creative and fun guy, we even recorded a well received podcast on Business Blogging together.  Heck, we're even hosting a Blogger dinner in Boston together in a few weeks.
Discussion: Naked Conversations
Aneil / PostBubble:
Pay per post isn't evil, it's a failure  —  Wow, I know a lot of people are trying to monetize blogging but does it really make sense to get paid to do a positive writeup on something?  Probably not, and that's one of the best ways I can think of to drop every one of your readers in one foul swoop.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:   PayPerPost Bribes Bloggers for Positive Posts
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   PayPerPost Will Taint Us All
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft: Go antitrust suit dismissed  —  A federal judge has thrown out an antitrust suit brought against Microsoft by the founder of the now-defunct pen-computing company Go Computing, the software giant said Friday.  —  In an opinion filed Thursday, Maryland District Court Judge J …
Discussion: Techdirt
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Prober E319 In-Dash Car PC  —  This in-dash entertainment center from Hong Kong has a 6.5-inch screen and 800x480 resolution.  Front-and-center on its feature list is a GPS navigator and the ability to connect to the Internet via GPRS networks.  And you know what that means—you can also use it as a GSM cellphone.
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and jkOnTheRun
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.
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 …
Robert X. Cringely / pbs.org:
If we build it they will come:  —  Bob Frankston is one of the smartest people I speak to.  If you don't recognize his name, Bob is best known as the programmer who wrote VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet, realizing the design of his partner, Dan Bricklin.  Bob and Dan changed the world forever with VisiCalc, the first killer app.
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Is YouTube a flash in the pan?  —  As video-sharing site YouTube rides an enormous wave of popularity, a research firm has expressed doubts about the company's business prospects.  —  Josh Martin, an IDC research analyst, issued a report Thursday asserting that YouTube will struggle …
Discussion: TechSpot
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 …
emc.com:
EMC Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire RSA Security, Further Advancing Information-Centric Security  —  Market Leaders in Information Management and Information Security Join to Help Organizations Secure Information Throughout its Lifecycle  —  EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Office 2007 delayed again  —  Talk about getting your wires crossed.  In the same week that Microsoft sounded the trumpets for the arrival of their online preview for Office 2007, they're now announcing a shipping delay for the office suite.  —  "Based on internal testing …
Discussion: Download Squad
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Browser bugs hit IE, Firefox
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Reuters:
UPDATE 1-News Corp. sees Internet revenue rising in FY '07
Charlie Brooker / Guardian:
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Maggie Fox / Reuters:
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