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12:45 PM ET, March 21, 2006


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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
NEWS: GOOGLE.PORTAL.FINANCE LAUNCHES  —  (image credit) It may not be live for a bit, but I just got off the phone with the product manager for Google Finance.  Today the site is finally launching.  The UK sites already have the story.  A few thoughts.  —  First, this marks a rolling shift …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Finance Disappoints  —  The much awaited launch of Google Finance service finally happened - in beta of course.  And in one word, it is simply disappointing.  Its like watching Al Pacino in a stinker like Two for the money.  Tony Montana was so long ago!  —  But back to Google Finance.
Search Engine Watch:
Google Launches Google Finance  —  At long last, Google has launched its own Google Finance service.  For years, those seeking specialty financial information via Google have been sent to competitors such as Yahoo and MSN.  Now Google's providing financial information directly to its own users.
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Google Finance: Nice charts, but users won't switch quickly  —  Google Finance launched tonight - I had a sneak peak from Google last week and got a chance to play with it a bit after it went live tonight.  I also had a chance to speak with a Yahoo! spokesperson after the Google site launched and was able to get their reaction.
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Elinor Mills / CNET
Google to roll out its own Finance site  —  Google was set to launch on Tuesday a beta test version of Google Finance, a Web site aggregating information about public and private companies and mutual funds that features an interactive chart correlating news and other events with stock price spikes and falls.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Offers Search Service on Finance  —  SAN FRANCISCO, March 20 — Harnessing yet another data category to its search-engine prowess, Google is introducing a financial information service intended to compete directly with offerings from Microsoft, Yahoo and other sources, Google executives said Monday.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
First Thoughts on Google Finance: All Whiz, No Bang  —  Google has finally launched Google Finance, its Yahoo Finance slayer.  While it's nice to see Yahoo Finance get some more competition, so far there is little here (yet) to cause a cross-service stampede.
The Internet Stock Blog:
Google Finance Launches (GOOG, MORN, TSCM, YHOO)  —  After much speculation, Google (GOOG) this morning launched Google Finance.  Google Finance differs from Yahoo Finance in three crucial respects: first, it attempts to present most information about a stock on a single page.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Finance - Lots of Flash & Ajax  —  The rumor is that Google internally tested Google Finance through two full versions before releasing it today, and the extra attention shows.  This is a great looking product overall.  And they've taken things at least a step further than Yahoo Finance in its current form.
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Google unleashes Google Finance  —  We broke the news last August that Google Finance was coming.  Well here it is:  —  Here are excerpts from our story tomorrow.  The site provides stock charts, news and chat rooms.  It makes several improvements on the most popular finance site on the Web, Yahoo Finance.
Mr Wavetheory / Mr Wave Theory:
Google Finance Shows that Google is No Longer An Innovator
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Phil Jones / Platform Wars:
Dave Bonaparte  —  He he!  I get some link-love from Dave Winer.  There goes my credibility ;-)  —  Actually, I am a trifle embarrassed, because I've just finished writing a response to something Danny said, where I've been, generally, complimentary of Dave.  So now this is gonna look like reciprocation.
Discussion: Scripting News
Dave Winer / Dave's Wordpress Blog:
Back to Phil Jones  —  Another very interesting narrative …
Discussion: Raw and Platform Wars
Albert / Simply Albert:
My Lunch with Bill Gates at Mix06  —  Thanks to Robert Scoble (as blogged about here), I had a great (free!) steak lunch today.  Even better, I was joined by some very smart company, including Michael Arrington, Lynda Weinman, and of course, Bill Gates.  —  I'm still at the Mix06 conference …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Will Wright / Wired News:
Dream Machines  —  The human imagination is an amazing thing.  As children, we spend much of our time in imaginary worlds, substituting toys and make-believe for the real surroundings that we are just beginning to explore and understand.  As we play, we learn.  And as we grow, our play gets more complicated.
Diane Mermigas / Hollywood Reporter:
Social network sites can be a tangled Web  —  CHICAGO — Media players are hustling to find ways to make money from the social-networking phenomenon at the same time they are struggling to understand how it is transforming their business.  —  Unlike anything else in an increasingly personalized …
Discussion: The Kelsey Group Blog
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The issue is not just "To Deal or Not to Deal," but rather how many shots you take.  —  Great post from VC Dave Hornick today about thetrend of selling companies earlier in their lifespan.  Dave breaks down the risk/reward thinking that entrepreneurs facewhen someone comes knocking in the first two years of a companies life.
Mike Langberg / Mercury News:
Page's brother uses tactic with tainted history  —  Carl Page became an Internet success story before his younger brother, billionaire Google co-founder Larry Page.  —  Which makes it surprising that Carl Page and his colleagues have just raised money for their newest company with a financing tactic tainted by a long history of scams.
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