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11:20 AM ET, June 14, 2007

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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.
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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.
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
EBay cancels ads in tiff with Google
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Linspire Collaboration Promotes Interoperability and Customer Choice  —  Broad agreement will facilitate interoperability between Windows and Linux, provide intellectual property assurance.  —  Today Microsoft Corp. and Linux desktop provider Linspire Inc. announced a broad interoperability …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Linspire Joins Microsoft's Any One But Red Hat Group
Discussion: Between the Lines
Ina Fried / ZDNet:   Microsoft signs technology pact with Linspire
Sydney Morning Herald:
Microsoft Signs Another Linux Deal
Discussion: Inquirer
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.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Video Frames a Search Engine
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
YouTube Redesigns and Moves to Google Accounts
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Video Now a Video Search Engine
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sprint: Rethinking WiMAX?  —  Sprint, which broke away from the cellular camp, and bet big on WiMAX as its technology of choice for high-speed wireless connectivity, is apparently rethinking its strategy, mostly under pressure from activist shareholders, who believe that the company is spending too much money on an unproven technology.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
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Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Explores Options for WiMax  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. is exploring new options for financing its ambitious plan to build a wireless broadband network known as WiMax, including forming a partnership or joint venture with cellphone pioneer Craig McCaw and seeking an infusion of cash from cable providers …
Discussion: dailywireless.org
BBC:
FBI tries to fight zombie hordes  —  The FBI is contacting more than one million PC owners who have had their computers hijacked by cyber criminals.  —  The initiative is part of an ongoing project to thwart the use of hijacked home computers, or zombies, as launch platforms for hi-tech crimes.
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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?
Discussion: Channel 9
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone on June 29th at 6pm 'Local Time'  —  While Steve Jobs gave us an exact time (6 p.m.) to line up for buy an iPhone, he didn't go into many details.  —  As it turns out, the iPhone will be sold on June 29th at 6 p.m. local time — so East Coasters will get a full 3 hour head start over their West Coast counter parts.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Happy hour with the iPhone
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gadgets on the Go
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
YouTube Passes Debates to a New Generation  —  The quadrennial ritual of presidential debates has long followed a tried and true format.  —  A guy in a suit asks mostly predictable questions of other people in suits.  The voter is a fixture in the audience, motionless until he or she gets to address the candidate, respectfully.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The 3D Real/Virtual World Hybrid: How Far Away?  —  How long will it be until we can stroll through the streets in a virtual world that is identical to our own?  Given the state of a number of technologies, not very long.  Over the last couple of years we've seen Microsoft Street Side …
Discussion: The Praized Blog and JD on EP
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Founders sell as Codemasters is driven towards a flotation  —  Codemasters, the computer games developer behind the Colin McRae rally series, is preparing for a £200 million-plus flotation in the next year, after its principal investor completed the buyout of the brothers who founded the firm.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Associated Press:
Space station computers rebooted … HOUSTON, Texas (AP) — Russian computers that control the international space station's orientation and oxygen and water supplies were partly working again Thursday after failing the day before.  —  Flight controllers in Moscow were able to re-establish …
Discussion: I4U News and digg
Business Wire:
SIA Forecast: Semiconductor Industry Sales Will Grow by 1.8 Percent in 2007  —  Declining Prices in Key Market Segments Result in Slower Growth  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sharp declines in average selling prices (ASPs) for microchips in several key market segments - microprocessors …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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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BBC:
Web creator gets Queen's honour