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12:30 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.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Blogumentary
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Popular News Anchor Leaves Video Blog Site  —  She was no Tom Brokaw, and that was always the point of Rocketboom.com.  —  Internet star Amanda Congdon, known as the host of the popular video blogging Web site Rocketboom, announced yesterday that she is leaving the site immediately over differences with her business partner.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Keeping talent happy... a primer.  —  Amanda has printed her back and forth with her former partner Andrew Baron—it's really sad.  This is a text-book example of how not to treat your talent (and frankly, how not to respond when you're treated bad).  The whole thing is a mess and everyone winds up losing.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Advice and an Offer for Amanda Congdon
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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 …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, The Browser and Technovia
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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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft bends on OpenDocument
Discussion: M-Dollar and Digital Inspiration
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Microsoft to Support OpenDocument
Brian Jones / Open XML Formats:   Open XML Translator project announced (ODF support for Office)
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.
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.
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.
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
Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
Invisio Q7 headset uses your jaw as a microphone  —  There are few things more annoying than answering your phone in a loud place like a concert and then having to put a finger in one ear and scream, still unable to be heard over the roar of the crowd.  The Invisio Q7 Bluetooth headset intends …
Discussion: OhGizmo!, Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
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 …
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Nintendo Gifts DS Lite to President Bush  —  Nintendo of America sent President Bush an early baby boomer gift pack today.  The bag of presidential goodies includes a DS Lite and a copy of Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day.  Bush turns 60 tomorrow.
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
 
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