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2:10 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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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.
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."
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google competing with OpenOffice and StarOffice  —  Google Spreadsheets will be announced today.  Google also recently acquired Writely, and On-line word processing company.  All the pieces are coming together for Google to compete directly with free open source offerings such as OpenOffice and Sun's StarOffice.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google tests Web-based spreadsheet to organize data
Tom Foremski / IMHO:
Google spreadsheet moves it further away from search
Discussion: Scobleizer and Anne 2.0
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE SPREADSHEETS SIGN UP PAGE
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Google Spreadsheets complements Excel?
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google to Release Web-Based Spreadsheet
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."
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
Discussion: TeleRead
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
 
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