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8:40 AM ET, June 6, 2006

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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.
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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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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google Spreadsheets turns up heat on Excel  —  Google is set to launch on Tuesday a Web-based spreadsheet program that will allow people to view and simultaneously edit data while conducting "in-document" chat, a company product manager said Monday.  —  The launch of Google Spreadsheets puts …
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.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Coming soon: Google Spreadsheet.  @SUM(trouble) for Microsoft's bottom line?  —  Googlespotting can be an amusing if sometimes tiresome game, with many stories (such as the GoogleOS and Google Browser) turning out to be nothing more than wishful thinking on the part of eager Internet denizens.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Spreadsheet?  —  What's still missing in Google's online OS?  They have text editors, email clients, chat programs, calendars and much more... but there's no Excel yet.  That may change this week, according to the WSJ (as quoted by John Battelle):  —  Google Inc. plans on Tuesday …
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  —  Google is to release a new Google Spreadsheets product on Tuesday, allowing anyone with a web browser to create and interact with spreadsheet information.  —  The product will be a limited test release, which basically means first come, first served until Google shuts off the flow.
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.
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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.
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 …
Woodrow / The Ponderings of Woodrow:
Ray Lane on Enterprise 2.0  —  BusinessWeek's Robert Hof interviewed Ray Lane on Web 2.0 trends in the enterprise.  As most of you know, Ray Lane was Larry Ellison's right hand man until joining Kleiner Perkins in 2000.  Since then, Lane has spoken out about trends in enterprise computing …
Peter Rip / EarlyStageVC:
The Coming Wave of Enterprise Web 2.0  —  The convergence of consumer apps and enterprise apps as a form of Enterprise Web 2.0 seems to be gaining some traction, at least with the business press.  — Rob Hof authored an extensive introduction of Web 2.0 for CEOs in BusinessweekOnline today.
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 …
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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 …
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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).
Philip Campbell PhD / Nature:
Nature Peer Review Trial and Debate  —  Nature is undertaking a trial of a particular type of open peer review.  In this trial, authors whose submissions to Nature are sent for peer review will also be offered the opportunity to participate in an open peer review process (see below for explanation).
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