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10:15 PM ET, July 6, 2006

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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.
Reuters:
EBay changes execs at PayPal, Skype in shakeup  —Text+NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online marketplace eBay Inc. (EBAY.O: Quote, Profile, Research) on Thursday said it would change top management at its international division, payments unit PayPal and Web phone service Skype as the company faces …
Discussion: Things That, VoIP Watch and B2Day
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Major management shake-up at eBay/PayPal/Skype
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   The eBay Shuffle  —  The big news of the day seemingly is eBay banning Google Checkout.
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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Looking to Take On Apple's iPod, Microsoft Plans Its Own Hand-Held Player
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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Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Microsoft to Support OpenDocument
Frank Barnako / Barnako.com:
Rocketboom flameout  —  The Blogosphere is going nuts over this he said-she said Rocketboom story. … Memeorandum this morning listed 68 blog posts about the story.  Jason(1) Calacanis(2) and Robert(1) Scoble(2) think Amanda's exit is so big they've posted about it several times.
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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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Mike / Techdirt:
Intel Gives Clearwire $600 Million To Avoid Making WiMax Look Bad  —  from the how-it-all-works dept  —  If you've watched Intel's moves over the last few years in the WiMax space, it's become clear that they can't let the technology fail, despite plenty of questions about the technology.
Agence France Presse:
Taipei plans for 200,000 on wireless Internet phones by year-end  —  TAIWAN (AFP) - Taipei city expects to have 200,000 people using wireless Internet phones by the end of this year, providing a much cheaper alternative to the traditional mobile.  —  "This is the world's first Internet phone system using …
Discussion: 21talks and Realtime-VoIP
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BBC:
Taipei to embrace net telephones
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Free, Legal and Ignored  —  Colleges Offer Music Downloads,  —  But Their Students Just Say No;  —  Too Many Strings Attached  —  As a student at Cornell University, Angelo Petrigh had access to free online music via a legal music-downloading service his school provided.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Earthlink's To Introduce WiFi Phones  —  Earthlink's first muni WiFi network made news when it was launched in Anaheim, California, last week, but Earthlink's VoIP VP Steve Howe, revealed some interesting news to me in a conversation this week.  He says Earthlink plans to start selling WiFi …
Chris Anderson / Wired News:
The Rise and Fall of the Hit … On March 21, 2000, Jive Records released No Strings Attached, the much-anticipated second album from NSync.  The album debuted strong.  It sold 1.1 million copies its first day and 2.4 million in the first week, making it the fastest-selling album ever.
Discussion: Coolfer
news.vzw.com:
Verizon Wireless and Samsung Launch First 3.2 Mega Pixel Camera Phone in the United States  —  New Picture Quality Standard Set for Mobile Camera Phones  —  Media Contact Info  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ and DALLAS — Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) and Verizon Wireless …
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 …
Felisa Cardona / Denver Post:
Lightning zeros in on teenager's tunes  —  Castle Rock boy burned via iPod wires  —  Jason Bunch, 17, rests at home in Castle Rock on Wednesday after being released from the hospital.  He was struck by lightning Sunday while mowing the lawn.  The current may have traveled through …
Discussion: Techdirt and THE RAW FEED
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
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Metareview - LOTR: The Battle for Middle-earth II (Xbox 360) [update 1]  —  The PC game already debuted in March to decent reviews so, instead of recapping what's right and wrong with the game as a whole, let's get right down to the issue we're all wondering about: the controls.
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
`Leopard' puts its prey on the spot  —  APPLE TAUNTS MICROSOFT WITH FASTER OS LAUNCHES  —  In 2004, when Apple Computer showed off its latest ``cat,'' Tiger, it couldn't help but taunt Microsoft.  —  The Redmond, Wash., software giant was working on its long-awaited next-generation Windows …
Discussion: George Ou and TechBlog
Chris Mellor / Computerworld:
Make way for the terabyte laptop drive  —  New technology from Seagate could increase disk capacity 10 times  —  July 05, 2006 (TechWorld.com) — Seagate Technology Inc. plans to increase disk capacity by 10 times with new technology it has just patented, meaning a computer hard drive …
Keith Stuart / Guardian:
Sony ad casues white riot  —  A new billboard advert for Sony's white PSP has caused consternation across the US videogaming community.  The ad shows a white model dressed entirely in white threateningly grasping the face of a black model.  Next to them are the words, "PlayStation Portable.
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