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5:15 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: VoIP Watch and B2Day
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Major management shake-up at eBay/PayPal/Skype
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  —  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 …
Discussion: Open Sources and John Carroll
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft bends on OpenDocument
Discussion: M-Dollar and Digital Inspiration
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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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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Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Microsoft planning WiFi-enabled portable media player, working on MVNO for next year  —  Ok, by now it's more or less an open secret that Microsoft is going to shift away from its current model and go straight after the iPod with a portable media player of its own, but we've landed …
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 …
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: Realtime-VoIP and 21talks
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BBC:
Taipei to embrace net telephones
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 …
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.
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New York Times:
Motorola and Intel to Invest in Clearwire
Discussion: Engadget and IP Democracy
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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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 …
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.
Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
The Case for a Google Ombudsman  —  "Closing one's ears to the complaints of partisans would also entail closing one's mind to the substance of their arguments."  — Daniel Okrent, former ombudsman, New York Times.  —  Google should hire an ombudsman.  —  This is not a new idea.
CNET News.com:
Microsoft: Shortcut 'trick' is legitimate feature  —  A Windows shortcut "trick," which could allow an executable file to be launched when a user types a Web address into Internet Explorer, is not a security vulnerability, Microsoft said.  —  Using Windows XP and Internet Explorer …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and JD on EP
Jonathan Geller / Engadget Mobile:
The Boy Genius Report: Verizon Canary / KRZR!  —  Field report tidbits from Engadget's mobile insider, the Boy Genius.  —  Once again the Boy Genius came through, this time giving Engadget Mobile an exclusive first look at the Verizon Motorola Canary / KRZR.
Discussion: MobileTracker and Phone Scoop
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 …
 
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