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1:00 AM ET, July 7, 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
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   The eBay Shuffle  —  The big news of the day seemingly is eBay banning Google Checkout.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Major management shake-up at eBay/PayPal/Skype
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Rocketboom: Web 2.0 'success' on $20 a day?  —  As every American is born with the unalienable right to the "pursuit of happiness," and we often equate money with happiness, there is a tendency to jump on "happiness" bandwagons, rather than take "slow boats to happiness."
Discussion: New Media Sense and BuzzMachine
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Consortiuminfo.org:
Microsoft Falls Back Again: Announces ODF Plugin Project  —  In the latest in a series of concessions to the rising popularity of ODF, Microsoft announced yesterday that it has quietly been supporting the development of its own set of plugins to enable conversion of documents to and from Microsoft Office …
Discussion: ongoing and CNET News.com
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Robert S Sutor / Bob Sutor:
Microsoft press release about ODF - it's a start, but quit the FUD
Discussion: John Carroll
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
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 …
BBC:
Taipei to embrace net telephones  —  The city of Taipei, in Taiwan, could have 200,000 people making phone calls using wi-fi by the end of 2006.  —  Ten companies are pushing a "Taipei Easy Call" initiative which involves mobiles which can switch between calls using wi-fi and the phone network.
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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.
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Digg versus New York Times Reality Check  —  Recently I've seen some posts that have hypothesized that Digg could be as big as the New York Times online, based on extrapolations from Digg's reported stats, which surely includes visitors wolrdwide.  Heather Hopkins reported last month on Digg's popularity in the UK.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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 …
Geeknews / Geek News Central Revealing Technical News …:
What was Podshow Thinking Hijacking my RSS Feed!  —  First things First if you have a Podcast that is listed on Podshow good luck in the people that visit that site ever finding out what your home page is, as it is buried beneath a couple layers of web pages.  Key here is no home page link on your shows main landing pages.
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.
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
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.
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
 
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