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2:55 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 …
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 (, a set of hosted applications for organizations …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Thoughts on Google Apps  —  I've been playing with Google's newly launched Google Apps, and so far I'm impressed.  All the apps are the ones you've come to know and feel comfortable with, if you're a Gmail/Calendar/etc. user; they are also all managed via a nice, clean interface with direct support for adding multiple users via CSV.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Bloggers have a double standard when it comes to Google vs. Microsoft?  —  I was just looking at all the blog writing about Google's new announcement.  Hey, what an awesome PR machine Google has.  They don't talk to a single blogger and we all talk about them anyway.  I think bloggers like the abuse!
Discussion: Things That and Scripting News
Kent / Newsome.Org:
Google Makes Its Move
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and Preoccupations
Nick / Rough Type:   The Google-Microsoft axis  —  There is no love lost between Google and Microsoft.
Anil Dash:   Google Office: Google Apps for Your Domain
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Makes Its Move: Office 2.0
Discussion: SlashGear
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Apps For My Domian, No Thank You
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
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
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
eBay-Google Deal: More PPCall Clarity  —  The WSJ and NY Times articles were a little vague on details re the implementation of the eBay and Google deal.  I reached out to Google and Skype and just got off the phone with Skype.  Here's more information:  — The Google-eBay AdSense deal is international.
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
My take on the Google-eBay deal: Google Talk isn't interested in Internet telephony's full potential  —  While I believe it is a smart move for Google to work with Skype-owner eBay for click-to-call functionality within ads that run on Google, there's another side to this deal that I'm wondering …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
TiVo Series 3 coming September 17th for $799?  —  It's no secret that TiVo's on the verge of shipping its HD-capable Series 3 set-top-box — after all, the company's already notified the FCC, posted a product page, and even ignited a flurry of controversy over Time Warner's CableCARD policy …
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
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
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