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1:30 PM 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 …
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Google Launches Hosted Communications Services  —  New Google Apps for Your Domain Available Now for Easy Email, Calendaring, and More  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the launch of Google Apps for Your Domain (http://www.google.com/a), a set of hosted applications for organizations …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google sticks its toe into enterprise waters (is Google hiding from bloggers?)  —  Remember on Friday when I was talking about big-company PR?  Yeah, Google went to the New York Times to leak tomorrow's announcement of new business-focused services.  Information Week got a good look too.
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Google to Offer Services for Businesses  —  Further extending its efforts beyond search technology, Google plans to announce Monday that it will offer software providing a range of online services for business users.  —  The company, which has gradually been adding to its arsenal of services …
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google expands into business software market  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG - news) is making a concerted move beyond search and advertising into the business software market, starting with a set of Web programs for e-mail, scheduling and communications, it said on Sunday.
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO
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 …
Steve / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Beam me up, Sergey  —  Some chickens may start coming home to roost now that Google is going semi-public with their Office strategy.  For starters, can we now agree to stop listening to denials from Eric Schmidt and others about this?  Doubt it.  —  Next, can we start watching more carefully …
Discussion: Matthew Gifford
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Google Apps for Your Domain vs. Office Live  —  It looks like the big news this morning is that Google just announed Google Apps for your Domain.  From the press release Google Launches Hosted Communications Services we learn … If this sounds familiar to you, that's because it is.
Nick / Rough Type:
The Google-Microsoft axis  —  There is no love lost between Google and Microsoft.  The antipathy of Google's founders toward the Colossus of Redmond is embedded in the very identity of their young company.  Google is, by design, the anti-Microsoft.  The company's rallying cry - "don't be evil" …
Kent / Newsome.Org:
Google Makes Its Move
Discussion: Preoccupations and Mathew Ingram
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Apps For My Domian, No Thank You
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Makes Its Move: Office 2.0
Discussion: SlashGear
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
When Will Google Be Honest About Its Enterprise Ambitions?
Discussion: Kevin Maney
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Google offers "Google Apps for your Domain"
Discussion: MarketingShift and Blogging Stocks
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Launches Corporate Package
Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Google, eBay form advertising alliance  —  SAN FRANCISCO - In a deal between two of the Internet's most prominent properties, Google will begin selling advertising for Web auctioneer eBay outside the United States and help buyers quickly ring an online merchant to do business.
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent.org
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useit.com:
Use Old Words When Writing for Findability … "Speak the user's language" has been a primary usability guideline for more than 20 years.  The fact that the Web is a linguistic environment further increases the importance of using the right vocabulary.  —  In addition, as my new book documents …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
WebWire:
Lynanda Finds a Way to Block Skype  —  Lynanda CS, an independent European IT solutions provider, announced a new methodology to detect and block Skype's traffic.  As the increasing use of Skype in corporate environments is raising concerns among security administrators, such technology could see notable commercial application.
Zend News:
Zend Technologies receives $20 Million in Series D Funding  —  Additional Funding To Be Used To Further Strengthen Open Source Software Development and Infrastructure Company's Leadership In The PHP Market  —  Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, today announced that it has secured $20 million in series D funding.
Discussion: GigaOM and SiliconBeat
Matt Mullenweg / Akismet Blog:
Downtime  —  The stats code introduced yesterday had a bug which only triggered about 24 hours after it had launched.  It kicked in for different blogs at different times, but the result was that starting sometime last night you probably started to see really obvious spam getting past your Akismet filters.
 
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