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4:45 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
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
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.
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
Darla Mack:
Austin Powers to ROK on Mobile - Yeah Baby!  —  Mobile technology and content development company, ROK Entertainment Group, today announced it had licensed the Austin Powers film 'International Man of Mystery' to it's growing portfolio of titles available on memory card for play on mobile phones.
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and SMS Text News
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.
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 …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Dell Offers Xbox 360 For $350  —  You'd think that after weeks of speculation regarding Xbox 360 price drops (which ended up being nothing more than wishful thinking), we would have lost all hope.  Now Dell has stepped in and is selling the Xbox 360 for $350 (well, $359, but if you use code C99$273GQ1L4W8 …
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Cesarmenendez / Gamerscore Blog:
No Internal HD DVD Plans
Discussion: HD Beat and Kotaku
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
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.
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) …
Matthew Aslett / cbronline.com:
Judge calls SCO's lack of evidence against IBM 'Inexcusable'  —  SCO Group Inc has willfully failed to comply with the orders of the court hearing its breach of contact and copyright case against IBM Corp, according to the Magistrate Judge, who has declared the company's failure to detail its evidence against IBM 'inexcusable'.
Discussion: GROKLAW and Slashdot
Times of India:
Myanmar bans Google  —  YANGON: The Myanmar government has blocked the Google search engine and its mail service Gmail, say Internet users.  —  Users in the country have not been able to access the Google site for more than a week, reported the Mizzima News.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
Japanese Negative on PS3  —  Price, software, multiple SKUs all addressed in recent survey.  —  June 30, 2006 - Japan's development community shared anonymous thoughts on the PlayStation 3 in the latest issue of Japan's Ge-Maga.  The magazine asked developers throughout the nation a number …
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
 
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Discussion: Download Squad
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Discussion: CrunchNotes
 Earlier Items: 
Will O'Brien / Engadget:
How-To: Build your own CNC machine (Part 1)
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Google now baby-steps away from eBay-like auction service
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Newsgator posts roadmap for the future of RSS
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Browser bugs hit IE, Firefox
Discussion: TechSpot and Neowin.net
Reuters:
UPDATE 1-News Corp. sees Internet revenue rising in FY '07
Allison Romano / Broadcasting & Cable:
CBS, Affils Strike Digital Deal
Charlie Brooker / Guardian:
Supposing ... I'm too old for MySpace
Discussion: Tech_Space