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8:10 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
Brian Ward / TechEffect:
Closing off eBay
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:   eBay Bans Google Checkout - Why?
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 …
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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.
bLaugh:
RocketBoom Goes Boom  —  In a surprising turn of events, Amanda Congdon has left the building.  Although exact reasons for her departure are yet unknown, Andrew "Red" Baron has already discovered a replacement host for this insanely-popular videocast.  Amandrew Bangdon was hired late last night …
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Amanda UnBoomed:
For the Record  —  I am disheartened by Andrew Baron's decision to spread misinformation.
Frank Barnako / Barnako.com:
Rocketboom flameout
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and Scobleizer
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
Discussion: Open Sources and John Carroll
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
Mrdiscopop / Discopop Directory:
Are the Pet Shop Boys secret Nintendo fans?  —  The Pet Shop Boys have announced the second single from their excellent Fundamental album will be the uptempo dancefloor stomper Minimal.  —  What they haven't announced is that the song features a cartoon dog from Nintendo's Animal Crossing game...
Discussion: Kotaku, 4 color rebellion and DS Fanboy
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.
 
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