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1:20 AM ET, August 28, 2006


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Aaron Ricadela / InformationWeek:
In Depth: Google Discloses Plans For Long-Awaited Office Suite, First Components Due This Week  —  Google will try to capitalize on collaboration options that Microsoft Office is lacking.  But Microsoft has its own plan to shore up the vulnerability.  —  For such sharp rivals …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Google Office 'version 1.0' debuts  —  Google doesn't yet have an Office 2.0-a full suite of hosted productivity applications aimed at the Microsoft Office crowd, especially the small- and medium-sized firms-but starting tomorrow companies or organizations can deploy Google email, calendar …
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Web Office Vs Microsoft Office  —  Talk about being overcrowded... there are 17 different web-office upstarts that are trying to take on Microsoft Office, reports The Red Herring.  Joe Wilcox, an analyst with JupiterResearch explains that since people want to work anywhere …
the story of chumby  —  Chumby is different.  The chumby was not created in the design department of some big consumer electronics company.  Market analysis and focus groups were not performed.  Frankly, there wasn't very much traditional consumer electronics experience brought to bear at all.
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and CrunchGear
Christine Herron /
Announcing the Birth of Chumby  —  Favorite hardware hacker Bunnie Huang gave this year's FOO Campers a sneak peek of the latest in cool gadgets: the chumby.  The chumby is a low-cost, wifi-enabled information delivery device that's so appealing you'll want to keep one close.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Internet time  —  Thanks Marc for the kind words.  —  Actually, there is lots that's new in what I'm doing now, except it was new in 1999, when I was doing it for the first time.  And as you can see from Bob Stepno's piece, the concept is as old as journalism.
Discussion: ben barren and Bob Stepno's …
Om Daily:
Winer Goes Wireless  —  Last week at SF Tech Sessions, Dave Winer showed me his new Blackberry device, and his many hacks that are going to make it easy to blog from a wireless handheld, or read RSS on the go.  —  Having over come the shock of seeing Dave with a Blackberry …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Kiko Sells for $258,100  —  BBC America fans are quite familiar with a delightful show called, Cash In The Attic.  The premise of the show is that antique experts go to someone's house and find things which might look like trash but end up being valuable, selling for a lot of money at an auction.
Gregory Galant / Venture Voice:
Startup Sold on eBay for $258,100 (or: eBay turns iBanker)
Paul Miller / Joystiq:
Joystiq's own Chris G. sweats it out at the PAX new media panel  —  Our own Christopher Grant filled in today for an arguably hotter, but sadly absent, Frag Doll in PAX's "new media" panel on blogging, podcasts and other fancy publishing formats on them there Internets.
Discussion: Kotaku and Gamerscore Blog
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
IS THE VISTA STARTUP SOUND TOO MUCH OF AN ANNOYANCE?  —  People are talking about a little bit of noise that they haven't even heard being a really big annoyance.  Of course, they are right to worry, since if Microsoft goes forward as planned, you will hear a specific sound every time you boot …
Discussion: CrunchGear and StrayPackets
Loren / Incremental Blogger:
More thoughts on the ASUS R2H  —  I keep thinking about the forthcoming ASUS R2H UMPC a bit more.  Why?  Because it's the first UMPC that has an integrated GPS and 1.3 megapixel camera.  This combination has me dreaming up some new usage scenarios I'd love to code for.
Discussion: SlashGear and What Is New
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
10 QUESTIONS FOR SETH GODIN  —  Seth Godin and I had a recent e-mail exchange.  I asked him ten questions:  —  1. QUESTION: Your latest book, "Small Is The New Big", is not a narrative or a thesis in any sense, but a collection of your favorite writings from your blog and your old Fast Company column.
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
EA executive hints of possible acquisition of Crytek  —  Chicago (IL) - A report published in a German newspaper today suggests that Electronic Arts (EA) could snuggle up with Crytek closer and beyond the distribution deal for the upcoming Crysis first-person-shooter.
Discussion: TechSpot and
Brian / Copyblogger:
Journalistic Superiority at Work  —  [Could one of only two remaining daily British broadsheet newspapers be so desperate as to steal blog content?]  —  UPDATE: Melissa explains here.  While yesterday I couldn't imagine a plausible explanation, this sounds like it could be true.
PlayStation 3 tackles world ills  —  The spare processing power of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) will be harnessed by scientists trying to understand the cause of diseases like Alzheimer's.  —  Sony has teamed up with US biologists who already run the distributed computing project, folding@home (FAH).
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
An Open Letter to Microsoft - Why you shouldn't kill FairUse4WM  —  We know that you're already probably working to fix the, um, hole that's been discovered in Windows DRM 10/11, but we're going to ask you this anyway: please don't stop consumers from using FairUse4WM to remove copy protection from music they've downloaded.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows Vista Build 5536 Review  —  And just like that, we can suddenly see the light at the end of the tunnel.  All of our hopes, all of our worries, all of whatever feelings we may have for Windows Vista are hanging on the edge of a precipice.  Will they ship it on time?  Will they ever ship it?
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Plextor preps 'world's smallest' external DVD burner  —  It looks like Plextor's going in for a piece of that "world's smallest" marketing action, with the launch of what it claims to be the most diminutive DVD writer currently on the market.  Aimed at owners of ultraportable laptops that tend …
Kevin Rose / Digg Blog:
Digg, trademarks, and confusion  —  A while ago our trademark attorney approached us and was concerned we could loose the name 'digg'.  I had no idea this was possible as we had already filed for the trademark.  Apparently if you don't enforce the TM (meaning not let other sites use it) …
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eBay: Web 2.0 failed start-up flea market?
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Fred / A VC:
Looking For Failures  —  John Battelle follows on Paul Kedrosky's …
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
New toys - USB Skype phone
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Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Deletionists, Networkists and Blog Sourcing
Discussion: Between the Lines