Google Checkout Rolls Out (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 10:00
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google_checkout.gifSo I’ve been following this since it was rumored… GOOGLE Checkout and now it is finally here.
Rival Paypal has had incrediable market success and it was only time till a new competitor jumped into the fray and who better than Google? What are the costs associated? Merchants are charged a fee of 20 cents per transaction as well 2.2 percent of the purchase price (PAYPAL has a 30 cent per transaction fee and 2.9 percent of the purchase price as a standard rate).
Verdict is still out but if anyone out there has used this new service chime in with a few comments.

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Cancelling AOL

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 23:05
Category: News

Vincent Ferrari decided to cancel his AOL account. Little did he know how hard it was going to be. Click through to hear the audio recording of his phone call to AOL’s cancellation (a.k.a. “retention”) department.

I had an AOL account years ago. I kept it around because many of the suits in my office use AOL. When the boss needs AOL fixed, you’d better have an account to get it running. That’s fine with me. It made troubleshooting much easier. Even though my father and mother both had accounts under mine, their computer didn’t even have the software installed. No one in my family was using it, and at most I was using it once a month.

Recently, I decided that I could spend $14.95 a month in many better ways, and decided to cancel the AOL account. Knowing the horror stories, I decided to do the deed at work where I could record the whole thing. I knew it was going to be good, but I had no idea it would be the abusive disaster it was.Click here to check it out.

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Bill Gates All Hands Email

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Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2006, 08:06
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gates.jpgIf you haven’t yet, you really should read Bill Gates’ all hands email announcing his departure as Chief Software Architect of Microsoft in 2008. What’s even funnier though is ValleyWag’s line-by-line interpretation of said email.

Another official memo, another official string of bull: After his retirement announcement, Microsoft founder Bill Gates sent an all-hands internal memo that the press passed around this weekend. The Valleyspeak dialect has a native speaker up in MS’s Redmond HQ, so pay attention to what Gates says and what he means.

Valleyspeak: Bill Gates’s internal e-mail – Valleywag

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Wikipedia Locking Some Entries From Editing

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Date: Monday, June 19th, 2006, 07:00
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At its core, Wikipedia is not just a reference work but also an online community that has built itself a bureaucracy of sorts–one that, in response to well-publicized problems with some entries, has recently grown more elaborate. It has a clear power structure that gives volunteer administrators the authority to exercise editorial control, delete unsuitable articles and protect those that are vulnerable to vandalism.

Those measures can put some entries outside of the “anyone can edit” realm. The list changes rapidly, but as of yesterday, the entries for Einstein and Ms. Aguilera were among 82 that administrators had “protected” from all editing, mostly because of repeated vandalism or disputes over what should be said. Another 179 entries–including those for George W. Bush, Islam and Adolf Hitler–were “semi-protected,” open to editing only by people who had been registered at the site for at least four days.

Growing Wikipedia revises its ‘anyone can edit’ policy | CNET News.com

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Building Buzz

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Date: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006, 08:38
Category: News

I thought the following might interest you and/or your readers and would appreciate a link if you consider it interesting enough…

Building Buzz
Apple has it. Google has it. Microsoft fails at it. Yahoo! sometimes does and sometimes doesn’t. What I am talking about is buzz and coolness.
It seems every time Apple or Google introduces a new product, the buzz is high. For example, Apple recently introduced a $350 speaker and, while the reaction was more tepid than it has been for other Apple products, no one seem to point that the emperor was looking very very naked. Yet, Microsoft keeps throwing out new products and few people seem to be very interested (no matter how Scoble tries to browbeat us into thinking of Microsoft as cool).
Similarly, today, Google introduced a finance section that mimicked much of what yahoo! finance has been doing for years. It has a couple of nice AJAX-based features but, all and all, it’s not enough of an improvement to be considered like something that could potentially dominate the tech news cycle. And yet, every major tech pub or mainstream publication has covered the release.

Read the rest of the article at tnl.net.
(Contributed by: Tristan Louis)

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Apple Announces $565M Profit

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Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006, 23:37
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Stan’s List: Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2006 first quarter ended Dec 31, 2005, reporting the highest revenue and earnings in the company’s history.
The Apple posted revenues of $5.75 billion and a net profit of $565 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, in this 14-week quarter. These results compare to revenue of $3.49 billion and a net profit of $295 million, or $.35 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.
“We are thrilled to report the best quarter in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Two highlights of an incredible quarter were selling 14 million iPods and getting ready to launch our new Macs with Intel processors five to six months ahead of expectations. We are working on more wonderful products for 2006, and I can’t wait to see what our customers think of them.”
Apple shipped 1,254,000 Macs and 14,043,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 20-percent growth in Macs and 207-percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 27.2 percent, down from 28.5 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 40 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
Click through for a link to a cached version of the audio webcast.

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What is Your Apple Highlight of 2005?

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Date: Wednesday, December 21st, 2005, 07:06
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Macworld UK has posted an interesting reader poll. The results, so far:
Intel announcement (243) 21%
Mac OS X Tiger (232) 20%
iPod nano/video (202) 17%
Mac mini (160) 14%
iMac G5 & Front Row (119) 10%
Soaring Apple stock (70) 6%
Quad-core G5 (80) 7%
Podcasting (48) 4%
Mighty Mouse (15) 1%
iLife ’05 (16) 1%
(Contributed by Neal Hoskins)

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T-Mobile Charging Extra for WiFi Roaming

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Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2005, 04:09
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BT OpenzoneATHENS — One bad thing about air travel are delays; the good thing is ubiquitous WiFi. For a country with very little WiFi in the outlying islands, the coverage in the Athens airport is decent. Or so I thought. Read More…

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Weekend Edition

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Date: Saturday, September 10th, 2005, 16:48
Category: News

Cooler weather is here and before I step out to Mtn-Bike or Backpack here’s a little something-something for you weekend readers… a brief summary of what is going on out there in our silicon-tapestry of life:
GoFish will be releasing a new type of search engine on Monday, it will allow people to not only retrieve the usually text searches but media files, playlists, podcasts, video, etc., all with one search. Mozilla is slow to release version 1.5 so I’ve downloaded their Beta and in the meantime I’ve been playing around with Opera Version 8 (BTW, they’ve hit 10 years in business and unlike many they’ve survived the tech bubble fallout). For people who need a home entertaiment reciever with the ability to plug in your XM and a iPod, Pioneer has something for you. In gaming news FERAL Interactive is porting the XBox title “Fabel ” to the Mac. HP is pointing to the TV as the digital hub. By adding wireless support and software one can connect to a PC via on the couch. Not sure if this is the right approach. But imagine a 27″-42″ hi-dev TV with a integrated PDA like computer (think iMac but toned down a bit) with removable harddrive bays (similar to the HP media center). To be able to write notes and post them on the screen, update your calendar, upload digital photo albums, and keep a archive of mp3s always at your finger tips… that’s the way these companies should be thinking. And speaking of hardware for viewing pleasures… check this out; a visual heads up screen for everyday use (if you can afford one) by IO2 Technology. You can even interact with what is being displayed (think Minority Report). About time this technology has come to the masses… the future is now. Enjoy ;)

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Apple's Shody 'Investigating' in Asteroid Case (Updated)

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Date: Saturday, September 10th, 2005, 12:43
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Readers of this site know that Apple issued a subpoena to our ISP in an attempt to stomp on the First Ammendment and force us to reveal sources for our articles on Apple’s Firewire Interface for Garage Band, code-named “Asteroid.” Our counsel, the Electronic Frontier Foudation (EFF), has recently unsealed documents in the case indicating that Apple’s overly zealously lawyers decided to sue first and ask questions later.

“The unsealed documents, filed late last week, allow the public to see that Apple failed to conduct an exhaustive investigation. It never took depositions, never issued subpoenas (other than to the journalists), and never asked for signed declarations or information under oath from its own employees.”

Don’t take my word for it though, check out what the other sites are saying:
- Apple failed to do due diligence in trade secret case (ArsTechnica)
- Unsealed Court docs reveal Apple never investigated (MacNN)
- Apple Fails Due Diligence in Trade Secret Case (Slashdot)
- Documents reveal Apple never conducted internal investigation (MacDailyNews)
- Apple fails to meet First Amendment requirements in case against (Macsimum News)
- Apple Suffers Setback in Suit vs. Does (MacNewsWorld)
Instead of filing frivilous lawsuits against its biggest supporters Apple should focus more on getting their Intel PowerBook out the door before the likes of Sony and Fujitsu eat their lunch in the notebook computer market.
Read more at the EFF’s Apple v. Does page…

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