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1:40 AM ET, June 6, 2006


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John Markoff / New York Times:
Google to Release Web-Based Spreadsheet  —  SAN FRANCISCO, June 6 — Google plans to make available on Tuesday morning a test version of a Web-based spreadsheet program that is intended to make it simple to edit and share lists and numeric information online.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google Spreadsheets turns up heat on Excel  —  Google is set to launch on Tuesday a Web-based spreadsheet program that will allow people to view and simultaneously edit data while conducting "in-document" chat, a company product manager said Monday.  —  The launch of Google Spreadsheets puts …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Spreadsheet, Not iRows  —  Updated: First an online word-processing software and now a spreadsheet - yup, Google is building an online office suite.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google Spreadsheet will "be made available on a limited test Basis."
Google Blogoscoped:   Google Spreadsheet?  —  What's still missing in Google's online OS?
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:   Guardian column: The future of books?
Robert Hof / Business Week:
Web 2.0 Has Corporate America Spinning  —  What every CEO needs to know about the array of new tools that foster online collaboration — and could revolutionize business  —  Silicon Valley loves its buzzwords, and there's none more popular today than Web 2.0.
Philip Campbell PhD / Nature:
Nature Peer Review Trial and Debate  —  Nature is undertaking a trial of a particular type of open peer review.  In this trial, authors whose submissions to Nature are sent for peer review will also be offered the opportunity to participate in an open peer review process (see below for explanation).
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
Sony Bundles PS2 With PS3  —  Report from Japan suggests that a mini PS2 will be included in every PS3.  —  June 5, 2006 - A surprising report has emerged from Japan's Ultra One monthly technology magazine.  The magazine's July issue reports that Sony will be achieving backwards compatibility …
Discussion: Engadget, Joystiq and Next Generation
Jeff /
cory doctorow visits a radio shack  —  (SCENE: a strip mall Radio Shack with a single Radio Shack EMPLOYEE standing behind the sales counter.  CORY DOCTOROW enters.)  —  SFX: electronic doorbell goes "Dooo-weee!"  —  CORY DOCTOROW: Hmmph.  I certainly hope that doorbell isn't keeping private records …
Discussion: Gadgetopia
Jake / IPac - Blog:
The worst bill you've never heard of  —  This will be a busy week in the House — Congress goes into summer recess Friday, but not before considering the Section 115 Reform Act of 2006 (SIRA).  Never heard of SIRA?  That's the way Big Copyright and their lackey's want it, and it's bad news for you.
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Microsoft Adds Contextual Ads Alongside Desktop E-mail  —  Microsoft has begun showing contextually targeted text ads alongside users' e-mail messages in the beta test for its new Windows Live Mail Desktop application.  —  Live Mail Desktop, currently in a limited beta test …
MPs in digital downloads warning  —  Consumers should be told exactly what they can and cannot do with songs and films they buy online, says an influential group of MPs in the UK.  —  The All Party Parliamentary Internet Group looked at how copy protection systems restrict the way digital movies and music can be enjoyed.
Scott Wasson /
NVIDIA's GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics card  —  SLI sammich  —  NVIDIA HAS BEEN TALKING publicly about Quad SLI for half a year now, and Quad SLI configs have been shipping for a few months in a select number of ultra-high-end PCs.  Today, at long last, NVIDIA is unveiling a consumer version …
Discussion: Joystiq, TechBlog and TechSpot
USA Today:
Cable operators find it tough to swallow HDTV  —  NEW YORK — After years of dithering and infighting by government officials and corporate executives, the high-definition TV revolution is finally here.  —  This year, for the first time, consumers will buy more HDTV sets than traditional ones.
Discussion: Techdirt and Gearlog
Saritha Rai / New York Times:
India Becoming a Crucial Cog in the Machine at I.B.M.  —  BANGALORE, India, June 4 — The world's biggest computer services company could not have chosen a more appropriate setting to lay out its strategy for staying on top.  —  On Tuesday, on the expansive grounds of the Bangalore Palace …
Discussion: deal architect
BenQ Unveils DMP300 Digital Media Player for Intel Viiv Based PCs  —  BenQ, one of the world's top producers of consumer electronics products, today introduced the BenQ DMP300 Digital Media Player, one of the first player devices designed to work with Intel® Viiv™ technology-based PCs.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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