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7:50 AM ET, June 14, 2007

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Molly Graham / Official Google Checkout Blog:
Update to our event on 6/14  —  eBay Live attendees have plenty of activities to keep them busy this week in Boston, and we did not want to detract from that activity.  After speaking with officials at eBay, we at Google agreed that it was better for us not to feature this event during the eBay Live conference.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
eBay Stares Down Google And Wins  —  Not much commentary is needed on this one.  Here's what happened:  — eBay doesn't allow merchants to use Google Checkout to settle eBay transactions.  Google invited eBay online sellers attending eBay Live! in Boston this week to a party that they called the Google Checkout Freedom Party.
Juan Carlos Perez / InfoWorld:
After eBay pulls ads, Google cancels offending party  —  (InfoWorld) - A contrite and repentant Google canceled a party that irked eBay and that a source said led eBay to remove all of its ads from Google's U.S. network earlier this week.  —  On Monday, Google announced it would throw a party …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Gives Up on Competing With eBay's Big Boston Party  —  It had all the appearances of a marketing stunt gone awry, the Internet industry's version of a wily playground taunt that quickly escalated into a tense standoff, until the taunter — Google, in this case — blinked.  —  Here's what happened.
Discussion: Web Publishing Blog
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
I don't believe in the death penalty... for people  —  But I do believe in the death penalty for corporations.  —  Sometimes they do something so heinous, so unacceptable, that the only just punishment is oblivion.  —  An example: We should have put Exxon to death after their tanker wrecked the ecosystem of a pristine bay in Alaska.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The New AT&T: American Tracking & Takedown
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
AT&T to hunt down pirates... anyone else realize this is part of Apple iPhone deal?
Discussion: Ars Technica and TechFold
Tim Anderson / Yodel Anecdotal:
Give your Photos the fun of Flickr  —  You may have recently seen the announcement that we'll be closing Yahoo! Photos and focusing all our efforts on Yahoo's photo sharing community, Flickr.  —  If you use Yahoo! Photos, fear not.  We're still committed to doing what is best for you …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:   Yahoo Photos escape hatch now open
fbi.gov:
Over 1 Million Potential Victims of Botnet Cyber Crime  —  Today the Department of Justice and FBI announced the results of an ongoing cyber crime initiative to disrupt and dismantle "botherders" and elevate the public's cyber security awareness of botnets.  OPERATION BOT ROAST …
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
FBI logs its millionth zombie address
Discussion: TechSpot
Josh / Windows Connected:
Ultimate Extras, Where are you?  —  It has been over three months since we last saw anything from the Ultimate Extra team.  Intially this was offered by Microsoft as one of the big value adds to the Ultimate version of Windows Vista, but to date I can't say they have delivered that much value.
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Ultimate Extras is a sham - where's the responsibility?  —  I was going to write about this on June 30, because that would have marked the half-year anniversary of Windows Vista, but since Josh Phillips has already started the conversation, I thought I should keep it rolling.
Discussion: Channel 9
Sydney Morning Herald:
Microsoft Signs Another Linux Deal  —  Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday that it will license instant messaging and digital media technology to a small desktop Linux distributor, Linspire Inc., adding to a growing number of deals meant to help the Windows operating system work more smoothly with open-source software.
Discussion: Inquirer
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Microsoft:
Microsoft and Linspire Collaboration Promotes Interoperability and Customer Choice
Discussion: TechCrunch
comScore:
"comScore Widget Metrix" Service Launched to Track Widget Usage Across the Web  —  Photo-related Widgets Dominate the Top 10;  —  Slide Ranks #1 with Worldwide Reach of 117 Million People  —  comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, today announced the launch of comScore Widget Metrix …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
ComScore Widget Metrix, more like a Widgetbean Contest
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook's Infrastructure Non Issues  —  A story in the Times of London asserts that the recent success of Facebook platform had the Palo Alto-based hot social environment scrambling for server space, and had to raise emergency cash in order to support the growth surge.
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Richard Koman / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Exclusive interview with Google video platform director Jennifer Feikin  —  When Larry Page announced at the national cable convention a few weeks back that Google would start allowing users to upload digital video, he described it very much as an experiment.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Gizmodo:
Announcements: Digg Spam Sucks  —  Digg Spam Sucks  —  A new Digg policy here, out of respect for the Digg community.  —No badging of articles unless they have original content, new reporting, treatment, or photos.  —  It's not fair when we get the Digg for someone else's work.
Discussion: Ministry of Tech and digg
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Announcements: Lifehacker's official Digg policy
Discussion: MediaVidea, kottke.org and digg
Xbox-Scene News:
New Pictures of 2nd GPU HeatSink on Xbox 360 - Update: Video  —  >> =Ikari= sent us these pictures of his Xbox360 he just got back from repair (after RoD problem) ... another confirmation of the new 2nd heatsink/pipe technology we talked about yesterday that Microsoft installs to provide additional cooling for the Xenos GPU.
SPACE.com:
Europe Unveils Space Plane for Tourist Market  —  PARIS - Europe's biggest aerospace company, EADS, has concluded that carrying wealthy tourists to 100 kilometers in altitude for several minutes of weightlessness could be a multibillion-dollar industry in 20 years and is seeking co-investors …
Discussion: DailyTech and Slashdot
Jack Tretton / PlayStation.Blog:
A Quick Look Back, A Strong Push Forward  —  I hope you're enjoying our official SCEA blog.  Personally speaking, it's great to finally have a place where we can talk candidly about the things we (and you) care about.  While it's no substitute for a one-on-one conversation …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
CNN, YOUTUBE TO UNVEIL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE DETAILS THURSDAY  —  In a press call on Thursday morning, CNN and YouTube will unveil the details for the cable news channel's upcoming presidential debate coverage, claiming that the two are "teaming up to provide an unprecedented debate format offering voters …
Discussion: New York Times and parislemon
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Happy hour with the iPhone  —  The American public will get its first chance to buy the iPhone at 6 p.m. in each local time zone, Apple confirmed Wednesday.  —  Somehow, I don't think Apple and AT&T will have two-for-one specials on the iPhone, but my New York-based colleagues …
Discussion: Gadgets on the Go
 
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
No Use for Fair Use: More Dangerous Trademark Legislation on the Horizon
Discussion: Techdirt
Kgs / Free Range Librarian:
Britannica Stirs the Pot
Discussion: Infothought
Markus / Markus Göbel's Tech News Comments:
easyMobile comes back with free mobile calls, says Stelios
Discussion: GigaOM and Roam4free
MediaShift:
DIGGING DEEPER  —  Collaborative Radio Shows Invite Listeners into Creative Process
Matt Mondok / Ars Technica:
Microsoft, Mozilla execs respond to Safari on Windows announcement
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Pete / Blogger in Draft:
Introducing Blogger in draft and video upload
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
HD programming wars: Comcast says 800 HD channels by 2009
J. D Biersdorfer / New York Times:
Updating Maps on the Spot and Sharing the Fixes
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Jeska Linden / Official Linden Blog:
Voice First Look Viewer Available for the Live Grid
Blake Snow / GigaOM:
GigaOM Top 10 Most Popular MMOs
Discussion: VC Ratings
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
64-bit support in Leopard: no Carbon love
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
DIGG FOR THE IPHONE  —  What are iPhone applications going to look and feel like?
BBC:
Web inventor gets Queen's honour
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Cisco's new acquisition talisman
Sandisk:
SanDisk Signs Licensing Agreement to Support DivX Format Video