Daily Podcast: Image problems for Microsoft, Viacom

Viacom grapples with corporate bully persona; Gmail blocks annoying spam; and Hans Reiser's murder mystery may finally be resolved.

Since filing a $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube, Viacom has battled its image as a corporate bully , denying consumers the ability to watch its shows where and how they want. Their struggle could be a lesson to other companies fighting over copyright protections. Meanwhile, Microsoft is still having trouble getting its Vista message out to the public. A new tool that tests compatibility with Vista faltered on launch day , a year and a half after Vista's release.

Those stories, and the rest of the day's headlines, in today's daily podcast.
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Today's stories:

Gmail now blocking fake eBay, PayPal e-mails

Google powers up users' Gmail security arsenal

Viacom won't soon shed image as corporate bully

Apple's MobileMe service set to debut

Only U.S. Apple retail stores getting iPhone 3G

Microsoft still pushing Vista compatibility story

Microsoft readies pay-as-you-go business apps

Xbox 360 price cut coming July 13

Wii-habbing your way back to health

Supercomputing at Oak Ridge

Reiser reportedly leads police to wife's body

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Jennifer Guevin is managing editor at CNET, overseeing the ever-helpful How To section, special packages, and front-page programming. As a writer, she gravitates toward science, quirky geek culture stories, robots, and food. In real life, she mostly just gravitates toward food.


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