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5:15 AM ET, June 7, 2006

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Washington Post:
Google Is A Tourist In D.C., Brin Finds  —  Dressed in blue jeans, silver mesh sneakers and a black T-shirt and jacket, Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin came to Washington yesterday to lobby members of Congress and found it was a little harder than he had hoped it would be to get meetings.
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Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
Brin says Google compromised principles  —  WASHINGTON - Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by accommodating Chinese censorship demands.  He said Google is wrestling to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course.
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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Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Google Spreadsheet and Google's Microsoft Obsession
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Richard Wray / Guardian:   Google adds web-based spreadsheet to Microsoft woes
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Picasa Web Albums Coming?  —  Picasa is Google's desktop photo management software - something like Yahoo's Flickr, except it's not on the web.  However, online photo management is a big pie of "making the world's information accessible"... and consequently, a new product appeared linked …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google to add Albums to Picasa!  And I Need to Vent  —  Google-love is getting out of hand.  In fact, Google is getting out of hand.  —  After I wrote about the launch of Google Spreadsheets this morning, one commenter said "Its very nice and sleak.  Will be very useful for keeping track of money etc" …
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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.
Discussion: Bleeding Edge
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Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
The programmer as journalist: a Q&A with Adrian Holovaty  —  Washingtonpost.com'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
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft vs. Google: Who's greener?  —  As Google and Microsoft battle for the hearts and minds of Internet users, a new question has cropped up: Which one can better save planet Earth?  —  Being portals and search engines, the companies are likely among the worst energy users …
Tolles / Topix.net Weblog:
TOPIX.NET FOR SALE  —  On Saturday, Steve Rubell outed our Classified System, which we've been quietly baking on our local news pages for about a month.  While we still think it's a bit premature to crow about this, given that a classified system is only as good as the ads it gets …
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 …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
'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
Joshua Schachter / joshua's blog:
Spreadsheets are remarkably flexible things.  They are probably the single most common vector for "citizen programming" in the world at large, and they can easily do simple databaselike tasks, as well as their intended calculation roles.  That said, I find it surprising that Excel looks so very much like its ancient ancestor, Visicalc.
Discussion: GigaOM
MarketWatch:
FCC Chairman: Too soon for net neutrality rules  —  CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin said Monday that it would be premature for the agency to issue rules on the doctrine of Net neutrality, which would prevent discrimination in the delivery of services over the Web.
Discussion: Techdirt and unmediated
Peter Clarke / EE Times:
Analyst predicts Intel price war, profit warning  —  LONDON — Reading the runes on the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics numbers for April, Bruce Diesen, analyst at Handelsbanken Capital Markets, predicted a profits warning would soon be forthcoming from Intel Corp. where he said processor …
Discussion: TechSpot
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
Don Marshall / online-publishers.org:
OPA Press Release  —  ONLINE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION MEDIA USAGE STUDY SHOWS THE WEB NOW RIVALS TV IN REACH AND EXTENDS THE IMPACT OF ALL MEDIA  —  NEW YORK, NY — June 6, 2006 — The Online Publishers Association (OPA) today announced the results of a new research project, "A Day in the Life …
BBC:
French book publisher sues Google  —  A French publishing group is to sue Google for publishing book excerpts online without permission.  —  La Martiniere accuses the technology company of "counterfeiting and breach of intellectual property rights" by digitising about 100 of its titles.
 
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