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10:05 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.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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 …
Discussion: Digital Tech Life
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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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:   Guardian column: The future of books?
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.
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).
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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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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?
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
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Xbox 360 Dashboard release schedule  —  I am happy to inform you that the highly-anticipated Xbox 360 Dashboard update will be released tomorrow morning beginning at 0200 PT (See what time this is in your time zone.)  This free update contains some of your top requested features including …
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Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Google Avoids Another Lawsuit Over Rankings (For Now)—Roberts v. Google
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
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The Pirate Bay to Hollywood: "In Your Face!"
Saritha Rai / New York Times:
India Becoming a Crucial Cog in the Machine at I.B.M.
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Modculture / Tech Digest:
The clock that shakes you awake
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Ed Brill:
Todd "Turbo" Watson: HP back to the cubicle
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Valuations of venture-backed companies hit five-year high
Discussion: VC Ratings
Leah / spaces.msn.com:
Not Yet, But Soon: Windows Live + Yahoo!
Darren / Digital Camera Reviews, Ratings …:
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
PS3 hardware slow and broken
Discussion: Kotaku, The Browser and Slashdot
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Limited Appeal? Sell Songs Online
Discussion: B2Day