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4:30 AM ET, June 30, 2006

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PowerSellerKing:
eBay employee talks GBuy vs Paypal - calling GBuy (Google Checkout) evil?  —  eBay Strategies reported that an eBay employee, Rogelio Choy, "talked smack" about Google's GBuy in a recent blog post.  —  When I went to the employee's blog, no smack was to be found, just this nice little post:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Google Is Doing Checkouts?  —  The discourse and discussion in the blogosphere today is Google Checkout.  —  "The goal here is to make it be one nanosecond from the time the customer decides to buy to the time the transaction is complete and the product is on the way," Eric Schmidt …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Checkout offers low-cost transactions for sellers; what's in it for me?
Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Identity and trust  —  Today Google announced the innocuously named …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft delays Office 2007 again  —  update Microsoft said Thursday that it is making another slight delay to the planned arrival time for Office 2007, citing performance concerns with recent test versions.  —  The software maker now plans to finish the code for the revamped Office suite …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Microsoft's sliding ship date headache
Microsoft Team RSS Blog:
Read Feeds with Ease in Beta 3  —  IE7 Beta 3 is here!  We've snuck in some goodies in the feed reading user experience based on your Beta 2 feedback (keep the comments coming!).  We are feature-complete for feed reading in IE7, but we're still looking for feedback to make tweaks and fixes for the final release.
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IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 for Windows XP (and more) Now Available  —  This morning we released IE7 Beta 3 for Windows XP.  This version includes improvements in reliability, compatibility, security, and a few end user features.  Give it a try at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ default.mspx.
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
Vista to have its own widescreen TFT monitor
Brian Ward / TechEffect:
A quick glimpse at Sirius' new portable  —  During the Convergence 2.0 conference Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin talked about a new, fully-portable Sirius receiver/MP3 player.  He even took a beta version of the device out of his pocket and flashed it to the crowd.
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Evan Blass / Engadget:   Sirius CEO reveals portable receiver/DAP
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.
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.
Derick Mains / Apple:
MTV Networks & Apple Bring More Music, Comedy & Entertainment Programming to the iTunes Music Store  —  NEW YORK and CUPERTINO, California—June 29, 2006—MTV Networks and Apple® today announced that new television programming from Spike TV, Nick at Nite, TV Land, Logo …
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants:
Saying "goodbye" to the Net  —  The Senate Commerce Committee, splitting 11 to 11 and therefore rejecting compromise language, set the stage for a carrier-controlled Internet.  If the bill passes the Senate and is signed by the President, you can kiss the Net you know "goodbye."
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Tkarr / Save the Internet:
Wyden to Block Telecom Bill Without Net Neutrality
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Attack code out for Apple flaw  —  update Attack code that exploits a flaw in Apple Computer's Mac OS X was publicly released Wednesday, increasing the urgency to patch.  —  The code's arrival comes just a day after Apple made an update available for its operating system.
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 …
T3:
T3's Top Five iPod Alternatives  —  Check out our definitive list for the finest mp3 players outside the ranks of Apple's iPod army!  —  Lusting after a music player, but want something different to Apple's legions of ear-budded iPod fans?  Our list of alternative tuneboxes will get your feet tapping all the way to the shops!
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Gizmodo
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Price - Who're You Calling a Freeloader?  —  One of the major objections to flat-rate pricing of communication services, including Internet access, is the danger that a small percentage of users will absorb a huge percentage of the resources either degrading service or raising prices for everyone else.
Discussion: Techdirt
Nick Wilson / Performancing.com:
Performancing Partners Ad Network Gears Up  —  We're getting close to signing in a few trusted folks to help us beta test the development of the new blogs ad network Performancing Partners and have now got the sign up page for beta invites in place and are gearing up to begin tests.
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft Reissues Anti-Piracy Tool, Lawyers Sue  —  Microsoft this week reissued a software component designed to detect pirated versions of Windows, citing a consumer backlash following revelations that part of the program phoned home to Redmond each day plus every time the user rebooted the machine.
Discussion: SuperGeek and TechBlog
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Microsoft teases with wireless backlit keyboard  —  It's not often that you see a teaser campaign for the utilitarian keyboard, so it's safe to assume that a wireless backlit model Microsoft has in the pipeline must be something pretty special.  Although not many details are revealed …
Discussion: Gearlog and Gizmodo
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
Scott Carney / Wired News:
One Cheap Desktop for All  —  Imagine a world where the next generation of computers isn't a hundred times faster and a lot more expensive than the one you just bought.  What if they were designed without all the bells and whistles to be just a little more practical at a fraction of the price?
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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