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3:05 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 …
Discussion: Scobleizer
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:
Google Apps For My Domian, No Thank You  —  A few weeks ago, GigaOM got an invite for the beta version of the much anticipated Google Apps for Your Domain offering.  It seems like such a great idea for early stage companies like ours or small and medium sized businesses.
Discussion: Online Marketing Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Makes Its Move: Office 2.0  —  Google has deployed the first pieces of its upcoming Office suite.  They've launched Google Apps for your Domain, a set of Google services targeted to small and mid sized companies.  With the new service, companies can use Gmail, Talk, Calendar and Page Creator under a single control panel.
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 …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Microsoft Office vs. Web 2.0 upstarts  —  Om Malik writes "Web Office vs. Microsoft Office", the market is very crowded with at least 17 web office up-starts, citing a Red Herring article.  Microsoft Office is the "gold standard" for office productivity applications, and has been for more than 15 years.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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.
Top Stories:
Yahoo News temporarily takes Blogs beta offline to retool  —  So, what's going to happen to all the great bloggers who have inhabited the "Upper East Side" of Yahoo News SERPs since October 2005?  —  By Greg Jarboe  —  On Wednesday, August 23, queries for "Jill Carroll" …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo Kills Blog Search?
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
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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