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4:50 PM ET, June 6, 2006

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Google Blogoscoped:
Inside Google Spreadsheets  —  Thanks to Sam Davyson, I was able to take a first look at the new Google Spreadsheets.  At this time, Google is sending out invites to the first people who signed up for what must be the 15th or so product launch this year.  See movie 1 [WMV] …
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Nick / Rough Type:
Google's Office add-on  —  Google Spreadsheets, released in beta today, is being touted in both the print and online media as a challenger to the ubiquitous Microsoft Excel - part of Google's mythical "Office killer" suite of online applications.  The New York Times headline runs "Google Takes Aim at Excel."
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google announces more sleepless nights ahead for MSFT product managers  —  Ahh, Google announces a spreadsheet service and the bloggers go nuts.  —  This is a good thing in my book.  —  Huh?  —  It's a good thing because of my philosophy.  I want better software.  Competition brings better software.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google tests Web-based spreadsheet to organize data
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
AllofMp3.com Breaks Silence  —  AllofMp3.com.  The very name conjures up either great respect or distain.  Copyright holders continue to pressure the Russian government to obliterate this music service; while consumers enjoy high quality music at a cut rate price.
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BBC:
Warning over 'illegal' MP3 site  —  Britons using bargain music download website allofmp3.com have been warned that they are breaking the law.  —  Record industry trade association the BPI said consumers were breaking UK copyright law because allofmp3.com was not licensed to sell recordings.
Discussion: Techdirt, Neowin.net and MobHappy
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 …
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Mark Fletcher / Wingedpig.com:
Moving On  —  Well all, sadly it is time for me to move along from Bloglines.  The service is in great hands with Ask and I am confident it will live long and prosper under their watch.  —  But "why" you cry?  According to my ever-present Ask PR twin, "to spend more time with my family."
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 …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Online Newspaper Ads Gaining Ground on Print  —  IN the matchup between the print and online versions of newspapers, signs of the Internet's ascendancy are growing stronger.  As Colby Atwood, a newspaper analyst and a vice president at Borrell Associates, put it, "The tail is beginning to wag the dog."
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Turn your $60 router into a $600 router  —  Of all the great DIY projects at this year's Maker Faire, the one project that really caught my eye involved converting a regular old $60 router into a powerful, highly configurable $600 router.  The router has an interesting history …
Discussion: Gizmodo and 21talks
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Novell's Fight for Respect  —  Ron Hovsepian explains how his outfit aims to regain investors' confidence and turn the tide against Linux leader Red Hat  —  In many ways, Novell is a lot like many other midsize software companies.  All are struggling to reinvent themselves in a world …
Discussion: Open Sources
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
Why Adobe and Microsoft Hit Delete on PDF Deal  —  If you want to know why so many computer programs are so bad these days, take a look at the Adobe-Microsoft mess.  —  These two powerful software developers have gotten into an argument over whether Microsoft can include a new feature …
Neilio / BeatnikPad:
Optimized Firefox 1.5.0.4 for G4, G5, and Intel  —  Dans "mozilla and firefox", dimanche, le 4 juin 2006, à 11:55 PM EST.  —  I just finished building optimized Firefox builds and have now posted them for download.  There are now optimized builds for every Mac CPU currently available …
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
 
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Alistairw / GameSetWatch:
GameSetInterview: Henry Jenkins On The Responsibility Of Games
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John Martellaro / macobserver.com:
Hidden Dimensions - It's No Game at Apple
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Mike / Techdirt:
Another Court Recognizes Site Owners Aren't Liable For Site Comments
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Toshiba Trying to Fix its Lame HD DVD Players
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Assa / slashphone.com:
Asus J206 Music Phone
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Portable Xbox — no, really!  —  So, maybe you weren't quite ready …
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Firefox VoIP
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Pioneer to end loss-making DVD recorder business, ally with Matsushita - report
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Second Life to Help Catalyze Broad Change
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Silicon Valley venture firm moves to India, finally -> Canaan opens office
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Identity Theft - A list of data breaches, why I'm shocked and angry …
Microsoft:
New Research Reveals Collaboration Is a Key Driver of Business …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo My Web Relaunches Tonight
Discussion: Screenwerk and bloat!
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Season of Bad Laws, Part 4: Music Services Sell Out Fair Use
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Microsoft to Announce Ventures in Europe
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