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12:45 PM 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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Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
EBay Pulls Its Ads From Google In Spat Over Marketing Event  —  Online auctioneer eBay Inc. this week pulled its U.S. search advertisements placed through Google Inc. amid a tiff over a Google marketing effort, a move that highlights the simmering rivalry between the two Internet partners.
Discussion: Todd Watson
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
EBay cancels ads in tiff with Google
Molly Graham / Official Google Checkout Blog:
Update to our event on 6/14  —  eBay Live attendees have plenty …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Video Frames a Search Engine  —  Google Video, now a video search engine, shows a frame similar to the one from Image Search when you click on a search result.  The frame lets you rate the video, share it, and watch related videos.  You can also watch the previous or the next search result …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Video Now a Video Search Engine  —  Google Video went through many reincarnations in the past.  It allegedly started out as one of those 20% side projects within Google, and Larry Page admitted, "We're not quite sure what we're going to get, but we decided we'd try this experiment."
Richard Koman / Silicon Valley Watcher:   Exclusive interview with Google video platform director Jennifer Feikin
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
YouTube Redesigns and Moves to Google Accounts
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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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Ina Fried / ZDNet:   Microsoft signs technology pact with Linspire
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Linspire Joins Microsoft's Any One But Red Hat Group
Discussion: Between the Lines
Valleywag:
Housekeeping: Owen Thomas is the Valleywag  —  Owen Thomas, the Business 2.0 editor whom we've lured to run Valleywag, is all smiles.  But don't be deceived.  This Silicon Valley gossip rag, after he takes over in July as managing editor, will remain as obnoxious as ever.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Valleywag snags an editor from Business 2.0  —  NNow this is so off-topic, and so inside-baseball and so rife with conflicts of interest, that you just might skip reading this post.  However, if you indeed end up reading it, I got hold of some gossip too good to pass up.
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and Gawker
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   The (B)Log-Rolling Post
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
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Josh / Windows Connected:
Ultimate Extras, Where are you?  —  It has been over three months since …
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Taking a detailed look at Windows Vista DVD hologram
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: Ars Technica and dailywireless.org
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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
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 …
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:   Freefallin': DRAM and Flash memory prices dropped by a third last year
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 …
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.
Clive Longbottom / The Register:
SOA - dead or alive?  —  Can it deliver on its promises?  —  Comment Service oriented architectures, or SOAs, have been positioned as the great leap forwards in how IT will finally come to be the major facilitator to the business.  —  However, uptake around the world remains mixed …
Discussion: Channel 9
 
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Intel readies massive multicore processors
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone on June 29th at 6pm 'Local Time'
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Mobile phone groups take on iPhone
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Founders sell as Codemasters is driven towards a flotation
Discussion: paidContent.org
Associated Press:
Power partially restored to space station
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