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7:15 AM ET, July 7, 2006

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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: Digital Inspiration
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
In Digg's Defense  —  Hitwise has analyzed the data and come up with the conclusion... Digg is not a patch on The New York Times.  Which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone since The Times website has been around for a very long time, and Digg, well is just a puny little infant in web terms.
Discussion: robhyndman.com
Felicia R. Lee / New York Times:
A Rift at the Video Blog Rocketboom Triggers a Cyberspace Soap Opera  —  Star Jones Reynolds and Dan Rather, meet Amanda Congdon.  —  The departure of Ms. Congdon, the popular host of the well-known video blog Rocketboom.com, is not exactly on a par with Ms. Reynolds's rift with "The View" on ABC or Mr. Rather's with CBS News.
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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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Reuters:
EBay changes execs at PayPal, Skype in shakeup
Discussion: Things That, VoIP Watch, B2Day and 21talks
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   The eBay Shuffle  —  The big news of the day seemingly is eBay banning Google Checkout.
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 …
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USA Today:
Does Microsoft have an iPod up its sleeve?  —  SEATTLE — Microsoft kept mum Thursday about widely circulating reports that it is developing a would-be iPod killer timed to hit store shelves for the holiday shopping season.  —  But that didn't stop the digerati from speculating about the device …
Discussion: SearchViews and MocoNews.net
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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 then you going to need to hope that people that visit that site dig around pretty deep to find a link to your home page, as it is buried beneath a couple layers of web pages.
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
New York to Examine Creating Citywide Broadband Network  —  Even as a contractor moves ahead with plans to install wireless networks in 10 parks, New York City intends to study whether to establish a citywide broadband network similar to those planned by cities like Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Google joins Xerox as a verb  —  Though you may have been "googling" people for years, the verb you were using was technically slang, until recently.  —  In fact, many regularly used tech words are just now getting the official stamp of approval from English-language dictionaries.
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Computer Business Review:
Microsoft to start evangelizing Vista to small ISVs  —  Microsoft Corp is beginning a soft roll-out of a new program to push small software vendors to build applications for Windows Vista.  —  Aiming at what Microsoft calls "MicroISVs," the program, called "Project Glidepath," …
Discussion: M-Dollar
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 …
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Business card best practices  —  I just organized my 1,011 business cards.  I realized that is my most valuable asset from my career so far.  The people I've met.  The cards really don't matter much anymore in the age of Google, but they do serve a purpose of reminding you about memories of meeting people.
BBC:
Go-ahead for hacker's extradition  —  A US request to extradite a British computer hacker accused of the "biggest military hack of all time" has been granted by Home Secretary John Reid.  —  Gary McKinnon, who is accused of breaking into US government computer networks, has been fighting extradition since his arrest in November 2002.
Discussion: Neowin.net
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.
 
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Rocketboom the comic  —  Just messing around with Comic life.
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Agence France Presse:
Taipei plans for 200,000 on wireless Internet phones by year-end
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