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3:55 AM ET, June 30, 2008

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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Google and Creator of ‘Family Guy’ Strike a Deal  —  LOS ANGELES — Google is experimenting with a new method of distributing original material on the Web, and some Hollywood film financiers are betting millions that the company will succeed.  —  In September, Seth MacFarlane, creator of …
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Google taps ‘Family Guy’ guy for Web series  —  Web search giant Google has enlisted Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to create an original animated series that it will distribute on the Web via its AdSense advertising system, according to a report in the New York Times .
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The GOOG->MSFT Exodus: Working at Google vs. Working at Microsoft  —  Recently I've been bumping into more and more people who've either left Google to come to Microsoft or got offers from both companies and picked Microsoft over Google.  I believe this is part of a larger trend especially …
Discussion: techno.blog and WinBeta
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Sergey Solyanik / 1-800-MAGIC:
Back to Microsoft  —  Last week I left Google to go back to Microsoft, where I started this Monday (and so not surprisingly, I was too busy to blog about it).  —  I think I am the first person in the Seattle/Kirkland area to do so, so this merits an explanation.  Isn't Google an insanely cool place to work for?
Donald Bell / CNET News.com:
Rhapsody's new MP3 store offers full song previews  —  Today, Real Networks has announced several improvements to their Rhapsody music service, including a new online music store and integration with Verizon's VCAST mobile phone music service.  —  Taking a cue from competitors such as Amazon and Napster …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Rhapsody Agrees DRM Is Dead; Launches MP3 Store  —  Streaming music service Rhapsody has joined the likes of Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Napster by launching an MP3 store.  —  Its move to offer unprotected music downloads has been anticipated since last Fall when Real Networks joined forces with MTV and Verizon.
Tim Arango / New York Times:
A Movie on Your TV at Home, Before You Can Rent It  —  The very future of how we consume media rests on the movie star shoulders of Will Smith.  That is Hollywood hyperbole — but it contains a speck of truth.  —  In an industry first, Sony Pictures' hoped-for blockbuster “Hancock,” …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Book Restaurant Reservations On The Go With OpenTable  —  OpenTable, the web-enabled restaurant management provider, has introduced a new mobile feature that lets users make restaurant reservations from their from their phone's browser.  The new site, which is available here …
Discussion: Darla Mack
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
OpenTable seats 3M diners a month, releases mobile version  —  OpenTable, the San Francisco company that lets you make online reservations at any of 8,500 restaurants, said it it is seating three million diners a month, which means it's making some serious cash — in the multiple millions of dollars a month …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Windows Could Use a Rush of Fresh Air  —  MICROSOFT Windows has put on a lot of weight over the years.  —  Beginning as a thin veneer for older software code, it has become an obese monolith built on an ancient frame.  Adding features, plugging security holes, fixing bugs …
Rob Webb / RobWebb2k:
LinkedIn quietly launches Research Network and DirectAds...let the monetization begin.  —  LinkedIn DirectAds  —  LinkedIn has quietly launched a beta version of a dynamic CPM text advertising platform called LinkedIn DirectAds.  No formal announcement of the launch was made on the LinkedIn blog or elsewhere.
Discussion: The Social Times
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
10,000 Canadians petition for iPhone rate relief  —  It's taken more than a year for the iPhone to make its way across the world's longest undefended border, which may help explain why so many Canadians are upset this weekend.  —  On Friday, Rogers Communications (RCI) …
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CBC News:
Rogers announces iPhone 3G packages
Discussion: Geek Culture
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Qualcomm vs. Intel: You decide  —  Qualcomm has Snapdragon.  Intel has Atom and Moorestown.  Which of these chips is (will be) a more viable, compelling chip for the fit-in-your-pocket device and ultralight computer market?  I'll let the reader decide.  —  All of these chips are targeted …
Discussion: PC Pro and New York Times
 
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Google Enters ComScore's Turf
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC finally prepares to investigate embedded ads on TV
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
BitTorrent seed farmer found guilty, faces 10 years in jail
Discussion: CNET News.com
epiZENter.net:
Exclusive: The ZEN X-Fi revealed!
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadgetell and Engadget
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Third-party tool allows Mac Pro overclocking
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Ars Technica digs into iTunes App Store payment rumors
 Earlier Items: 
Rob Minto / Financial Times:
Internet address suffix choice expanded
Arn / MacRumors:
Me.com Email Addresses Now Working [For Some]
Joshua Fruhlinger / Engadget:
Treo 800w spec sheets and training materials reveal details, lack of MMS
Jesse Robbins / O'Reilly Radar:
The new internet traffic spikes
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Smoking Gun  —  As Bill Gates closed the door for the final …
Luis Suarez / New York Times:
I Freed Myself From E-Mail's Grip