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7:30 PM ET, June 6, 2006


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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."
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.
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.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Monitor:
GOOGLE MY SPREADSHEET  —  So, Google is doing a spreadsheet.  On the Web.  With collaboration.  And presumably—if and when released—Google Spreadsheet will be available for free.  I predict there will be crisis meetings at Microsoft today.  I totally agree with Colleague David Card that …
Warning over 'illegal' MP3 site  —  Britons using bargain music download website have been warned that they are breaking the law.  —  Record industry trade association the BPI said consumers were breaking UK copyright law because was not licensed to sell recordings.
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck: Breaks Silence  —  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.
Candace Lombardi / CNET
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 …
Don Marshall /
OPA Press Release
Discussion: MiniMediaGuy and Screenwerk
Mark Fletcher /
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."
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, Boing Boing and 21talks
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 …
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."
Bruce Stewart / O'Reilly Emerging Telephony:
My 666 Story - Mark of the Babies  —  I was amused to read this article in the Register recently about the big bucks generated in Qatar for an auction of the mobile phone number 666-6666 (over 2.5 million dollars!), and it seems only fitting that on 6/6/06 I share my own experiences with the prefix of the beast...
Discussion: and Boing Boing
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 …
John Martellaro /
Hidden Dimensions - It's No Game at Apple  —  Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.  —  Every once in awhile I read a story on the Internet that just doesn't seem to sync with my experiences at Apple.
Discussion: Kotaku
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