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11:55 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
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
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 …
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: CNET News.com and ongoing
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Robert S Sutor / Bob Sutor:   Microsoft press release about ODF - it's a start, but quit the FUD
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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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
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
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 …
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.
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 domain is, as it is buried beneath a couple layers of web pages.  Key here is no home page links on show landing pages.
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 …
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 …
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
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
Rick Aristotle Munarriz / MSNBC:
Taking Out Google  —  New contextual marketing networks are aiming for Google.  —  Me-commerce, a new contextual advertising platform that launched this week, isn't exactly a household word.  However, that may change if its "Capitalism Done Right" mantra catches on with bloggers and small webmasters.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Blue Dot is not just another social bookmarking system  —  Seattle based Blue Dot launched its social bookmarking and networking service last week at Gnomedex.  Several review sites online have focused on how crowded the social bookmarking space is.  I was working on a post myself that was super harsh …
Discussion: Mashable* and Hellonline
 
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