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9:15 PM ET, June 5, 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.
Discussion: Office Evolution
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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."
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.
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Business Week:
A VC's View of Web 2.0  —  The day of giant corporate software packages is over, says Oracle vet Ray Lane.  The future lies in bottom-up, user-driven services  —  WEB 2.0  —  If Web 2.0 points to the future of information technology inside corporations, as some people believe …
Rob Hof / TechBeat:
Web 2.0 Goes Corporate
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BBC:
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.
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Make Those Uranium Jeans Talk  —  While many young ladies can make blue jeans talk by just walking down the street, others may need technological help, and that's where Uranium Jeans can spell it out right there across their asses.  The scrolling LED text, displayed by an embedded flexible micro screen …
Jeff / ldopa.net:
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
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
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
On a Russian Site, Cheap Songs With a Backbeat of Illegality  —  PARIS, June 2 — Rising consumer popularity is turning AllofMP3.com, a music downloading service based in Moscow, into a global Internet success story, but with a catch.  The site may well be illegal.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Why Would The US Gov't Get Involved In Taking Down Foreign Music Sites?
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Going local with MerchantCircle  —  They say one of the traits of a successful entrepreneur is persistence, the ability to keep pounding away on your original idea until you can shape it into something viable.  That's what Ben Smith has been doing with MerchantCircle, and it may pay off.
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 …
eHomeUpgrade:
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
Scott Wasson / techreport.com:
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: TechBlog and TechSpot
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
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Investors sue Vonage over IPO  —  Internet phone provider Vonage is being sued in a class action lawsuit on behalf of shareholders who bought stock in the company prior to its initial public offering.  —  The suit filed on Friday in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey …
 
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Valuations of venture-backed companies hit five-year high
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Not Yet, But Soon: Windows Live + Yahoo!
Darren / Digital Camera Reviews, Ratings …:
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
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Daimaou / akihabaranews.com:
Hybrid Touch Screen Panel from Samsung
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Loren / Incremental Blogger:
Looking for a couple Firefox users to test out an ink plug-in
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
PS3 hardware slow and broken
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Acme Packet, Another VoIPO
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Limited Appeal? Sell Songs Online
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