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11:45 AM ET, June 6, 2006

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Takes Aim at Excel  —  SAN FRANCISCO, June 5 — Stepping up its attack on Microsoft's core business, Google plans to make available on Tuesday a test version of a Web-based spreadsheet program that is intended to make it simple to edit and share lists and data online.
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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.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google tests Web-based spreadsheet to organize data  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc. is going back to the future by reinventing the spreadsheet as a Web-based application, seeking a simpler on-ramp for consumers to input data into databases, the company said on Monday.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE SPREADSHEETS SIGN UP PAGE  —  The sign up page for Google Spreadsheets is live!  You can only enter your email address for an invite, but it is a start.  —  There's also a sneak peek tour.  Here are the screenshots:  —  Hat-tip: Jason  —  Here are some notes I took from the privacy policy:
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Spreadsheets To Launch Shortly
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Google competing with OpenOffice and StarOffice
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Season of Bad Laws, Part 4: Music Services Sell Out Fair Use  —  According to our DC sources, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property is planning on marking up and expediting a not-yet-introduced bill entitled the Section 115 Reform Act (aka SIRA) this coming Wednesday, June 7.
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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.
Discussion: TeleRead
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Microsoft to Announce Ventures in Europe  —  PARIS, June 5 — Microsoft plans to announce in Brussels on Tuesday that it is investing in a London-based computer networking company and a Dublin developer of mobile phone software — fresh evidence of what some leading venture capitalists …
Discussion: alarm:clock euro and Vecosys
Microsoft:
New Research Reveals Collaboration Is a Key Driver of Business Performance Around the World  —  Verizon Business, Microsoft sponsor international study; create first-of-its-kind collaboration index to measure impact of communications culture, technologies.  —  BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and REDMOND …
Ken Belson / New York Times:
A.C.L.U. Raises Surveillance as Issue in Big Phone Merger  —  The American Civil Liberties Union asked the Federal Communications Commission yesterday to withhold approval of AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth until it reviews allegations that the companies gave customer records to the government without warrants.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Jaime Schopflin / Apple:
Apple Introduces the New U2 iPod  —  CUPERTINO, California—June 6, 2006—Apple® today introduced the new iPod® U2 Special Edition as part of a continued partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group (UMG).  The new U2 iPod is based on the fifth generation 30GB iPod and holds …
Alvisbrigis / Second Life Future Salon:
Second Life to Help Catalyze Broad Change  —  Here's a far-out spur-of-the-moment post I wrote that places Second Life in a broader evolutionary context.  Hope it's not too whacked out, that it's at least a little useful and that y'all enjoy it.  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated …
greg hughes:
Identity Theft - A list of data breaches, why I'm shocked and angry, and why you should be, too...  A coworker sent me a link to a news article today, yet another one about a data breach from - you guessed it - a stolen laptop.  This one was an auditor working for Ernst & Young and doing …
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Study: Web is the No. 1 media  —  Web media is the dominant at-work media and No. 2 in the home, according to a new report from the Online Publishers Association.  —  The Web also ranked as the No. 1 daytime media.  —  A research project, conducted by Ball State University's Center for Media Design …
Discussion: TechBlog and InterMedia
Luca Filigheddu / Thoughts on VoIP, technology:
Firefox VoIP  —  Firefox has now his VoIP client.  —  Abbeynet Labs released today the first version of a Firefox VoIP extension, that means that you can now have a full featured SIP user agent directly into Firefox.  This is a very useful tool to enhance the VOW experience.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo My Web Relaunches Tonight  —  About a year ago, Yahoo launched a new social bookmarking service called Yahoo My Web 2.0.  The service has gone mostly unchanged in the time since then, and of course Yahoo acquired del.ico.us in December 2005.  —  But just as Yahoo continues …
Discussion: bloat!
Ryan Block / Engadget:
New Xbox 360 dashboard rocks "125 new features"  —  We know the "evil empire" is being cheeky by launching their big Xbox 360 dashboard update tomorrow on 6/6/6, but they're boasting it's got 125 new features for gamers to make it worth their while in updating (not like we have any choice).
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 …
 
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