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11:05 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] …
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.
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.
Discussion: Bleeding Edge
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
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, 21talks and Boing Boing
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."
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
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."
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 …
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 …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
'Second Life': Don't worry, we can scale  —  Last March, Cory Ondrejka, the chief technology officer at "Second Life" publisher Linden Lab, bet a symbolic quarter that his virtual world would within two years have more users than the wildly popular online game "World of Warcraft."
Discussion: Joystiq
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Toshiba Trying to Fix its Lame HD DVD Players  —  Toshiba is trying to solve some of the worst problems with its ultra-lame HD-A1 and HD-XA1 HD DVD players, where the company will soon release a firmware update that reportedly speeds up the minute-long boot time of both of the units.
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and I4U News
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
The programmer as journalist: a Q&A with Adrian Holovaty  —'s Web tech guru answers questions about programming's role in news reporting and presentation. … OJR: I think one can safely assume that everyone in the news business understands how one "does journalism" through writing or photography.
Discussion: Terry Heaton's Weblog
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