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3:10 PM ET, July 6, 2006

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Amanda UnBoomed:
For the Record  —  I am disheartened by Andrew Baron's decision to spread misinformation.  He knows I cannot move to LA without a job...but insists on spinning things this way to shore up his assertion that I am "walking away" from Rocketboom.  I did not walk away.  I did not accept Andrew's idea of "partnership".
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Heather Green / Business Week:
Splitsville at Rocketboom  —  The pioneering video blog's founders are going their separate ways, leaving the fate of the daily mock news show up in the air  —  Amanda Congdon's days with Rocketboom, the pioneering video blog, ended the way they began: in front of a world map.
Frank Barnako / Barnako.com:
Rocketboom flameout
Microsoft:
Microsoft Expands Document Interoperability  —  Company to sponsor open source project for Open XML-ODF file translation to deliver more choice for government customers and their constituents.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — July 5, 2006 — Expanding on its customer-focused commitment to interoperability …
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Brian Jones / Open XML Formats:
Open XML Translator project announced (ODF support for Office)  —  Today we are announcing the creation of the Open XML Translator project that will help translate between the Office Open XML formats and the OpenDocument format.  We've talked a lot about the value the Open XML formats bring …
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Microsoft to Support OpenDocument  —  In a surprise move, Microsoft is bending to pressure from governments and will sponsor an open source project to build tools that enable conversion between its Open XML formats in Office 2007 and OpenDocument (ODF).  The forthcoming Office suite …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft bends on OpenDocument
Discussion: M-Dollar and Digital Inspiration
Ina Steiner / auctionbytes.com:
eBay Bans Sellers from Using Google Checkout  —  eBay is banning sellers from requesting payment through Google Checkout.  The online auction giant updated its Safe Payments policy this week to add Google's new payment service, Google Checkout to its list of online payment methods not permitted on eBay.
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Scot Wingo / eBay Strategies:
eBay BANS Google Checkout  —  eBay has updated it's "Safe Payments Policy" to specifically NOT allow Google Checkout.  I suspect sellers (especially multichannel) will be pretty upset about this.  —  It will be interesting to see what lame excuse eBay uses to justify this.
Brian Ward / TechEffect:   Closing off eBay
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Looking to Take On Apple's iPod, Microsoft Plans Its Own Hand-Held Player  —  Microsoft has been developing its own hand-held music and video player to challenge Apple Computer's iPod and expects to have it in stores in time for the holiday season, entertainment industry executives briefed on the company's plans said last night.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple filings reveal potential iPod redesigns  —  A recent series of design filings made by Apple Computer suggests the company may have intentions of abandoning its Click-Wheel interface in future versions of its iPod digital music players.  —  In January of 2006, Apple successfully registered …
Anders Bylund / Motley Fool:
To Google or Not to Google  —  It's official: Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) really is a verb now.  The Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which bills itself as "The definitive record of the English language," added the company name as a verb in the latest round of updates, placing Google in such august company …
Reuters:
AOL may offer free high-speed Internet  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc.'s <TWX.N> AOL unit may offer its full menu of services, including e-mail, free of charge to anyone with a high-speed Internet connection, The Wall Street Journal said on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.
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New York Times:
Motorola and Intel to Invest in Clearwire  —  SAN FRANCISCO, July 5 — The investment units of Intel and Motorola said Wednesday that together they would invest $900 million in Clearwire, a wireless Internet service provider, in hopes of speeding development of its high-speed wide-range network.
Discussion: Engadget and IP Democracy
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
After Delays, Wireless Web Comes to Parks  —  By the end of August, wireless networks will be established at 18 locations in 10 of New York City's most prominent parks — including Central, Prospect and Riverside Parks — in a major citywide expansion of free Internet access, according to city officials.
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Smiley Face Is Serious to Company  —  PARIS — In the battle of the smiley face, it's not just who smiled first that counts, but also where and how.  —  Frown-inducing accusations have been flying in a trademark dispute between Wal-Mart Stores and a company owned by a French family …
Discussion: The Trademark Blog, 21talks and B2Day
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
DEAR WARNER: DON'T SHOOT YOURSELF IN THE FOOT - FREE BUGS (AGAIN!)  ! John Kricfalusi, creator of the wonderful Ren & Stimpy series and an all around worthwhile fellow to know (and new FM author) just pinged me with the news that YouTube is disallowing his linking of old Bugs cartoons on his site.
Discussion: Techdirt
Eric M. Weiss / Washington Post:
Consultant Breached FBI's Computers  —  Frustrated by Bureaucracy, Hacker Says Agents Approved and Aided Break-Ins  —  A government consultant, using computer programs easily found on the Internet, managed to crack the FBI's classified computer system and gain the passwords of 38,000 employees …
 
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Reuters:
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Taipei to embrace net telephones
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Taking Out Google  —  New contextual marketing networks are aiming for Google.
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Making Something Meaningful
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A SERP of One's Own
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
`Leopard' puts its prey on the spot
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Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Atari Plays a Waiting Game With Test Drive Unlimited