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5:10 PM ET, April 13, 2006

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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Google Calendar Makes an Impressive Debut  —  Google has released its long-rumored calendar service, offering an appealing set of features that makes it easy to keep track of your own schedule and share calendars with others.  —  It's an impressive new service, though not without rough edges.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google unveils Web-based calendar app  —  Google on Thursday plans to unveil a much-anticipated, free Web-based calendar application that is expected to heat up the race with Yahoo and Microsoft.  —  The free Web-based Google Calendar, allows users to build online calendars …
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Google Calendar creates a platform for "time" applications  —  Like many working parents, I juggle multiple calendars - my work calendar, two kids, spouse, school, church, visiting relatives, and supposed, an exercise calendar.  So keeping track of all of the bits and pieces of my life …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Calendar is Live  —  Google Calendar has officially gone live at calendar.google.com.  A tour of Calendar is available here.  —  Dave Winer may have been the first to write about it on Scripting.com.  CNET also has a story.  —  My first impression - It's fast, slick and stable.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Calendar Almost There  —  Someone who is gotten spoilt by 30Boxes and Zimbra's calendaring application, Google Calendar is going to look pretty mundane.  However, for main stream users looking for a simple web-based calendar that is easy to use, Google Calendar, announced earlier today, seems to be quite capable.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Review: Google Calendar  —  Looks like Google Calendar is live: you can sign up here.  Remember my disclaimer: I'm speaking only for myself, not for Google on this post.  But it's live and other folks are talking about it, so let's take a look.  To try it out, I added the sessions that I'll …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:   AND WE THOUGHT IT WOULD NEVER COME
Carl Sjogreen / Official Google Blog:
It's about time  —  We're all busy people.  Whether it's work …
Discussion: MobHappy
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Share your events with an individual, a group, or the whole world
Discussion: TechBlog
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Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Annual Buying Guide: How to Ensure New PC Can Use Windows Vista  —  It's a confusing time for computer buyers, and that makes this annual spring buyer's guide to desktop computers harder to write than usual.  Microsoft's Windows XP operating system is in its last months of primacy …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Business Wire:
Think Partnership Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire IceRocket.com, a Leading Blog Search Engine  —  NORTHBROOK, Ill.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 13, 2006—Think Partnership Inc. ("THK") (AMEX:THK - News); the Company) today announced that the Company has entered into a letter of intent to acquire IceRocket.com …
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Valleywag:
Mark Cuban bails from IceRocket
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Vcmike / Mike's Blog:
Why Polaris is Backing Automattic  —  We just announced leading a small round of funding with Automattic, a San Francisco based startup whose team is most known for its leading role in creating the open source personal publishing (ie, blog) platform WordPress, blog spam blocker Akismet, and blog pinging service Ping-o-Matic.
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Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
As Apple retools new video iPod, release rolls back  —  April 13, 2006 - The roll-out of Apple's forthcoming video iPod has been delayed substantially after the company encountered problems with the display and touch-screen interface, Think Secret has learned.
Cisco Cheng / Gearlog:
Flashbag: Pumped Up USB Drive  —  I've seen a Memorex TravelDrive with a built-in LCD panel that tells you how much more space you have left.  But how about one that physically expands like a balloon as data gets stored?  The Flashbag is a USB drive with a built-in micro pump …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Samsung UMPC to ship worldwide 1 May  —  Samsung's upcoming ultra-mobile PC, the Q1, will be pricey enough when it hits the UK's shores, but buyers in the company's native land of South Korea will have to splash out even more if they want one.  According to local reports …
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gadgets.qj.net:
Wall-O-Monitors project — twelve 30-inch flatscreens mounted  —  When friend of QJ.NET "Crazy Jon" called us up and told us about a project he was working on, we didn't believe it at first.  But when we got to his house, sure enough — twelve 30-inch Dell flatscreen monitors are sitting in his office …
Discussion: Engadget
Washington Post:
Terrorists' Web Chatter Shows Concern About Internet Privacy  —  Groups Advise Members on Anonymity, Avoiding Intercepts  —  Terrorist groups, which for years have used the Internet and its various tools to organize and communicate, are paying more attention to addressing security …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are Domains The New Black?  —  Every so often, you run into some entrepreneur and that one thing he (its mostly he) who laments about: lack of available domain names.  Which means people use dyslexic spellings of popular words, or even translate words from other languages and then Valleywag gets a chance to make fun of them.
 
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