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11:35 AM ET, October 11, 2006

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Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
Google to Merge Writely and Spreadsheets to Form Google Docs  —  Breaking news: Google will announce tomorrow at the Office 2.0 conference a new product called Google Docs, which will merge Writely and Google Spreadsheets into a collaboration and document management solution, according to sources.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google "Docs & Spreadsheets" Launches  —  Google just launched Docs & Spreadsheets at docs.google.com.  It integrates the previously separate Writely and Spreadsheet product silos into a single control panel and admin area (the previous sites for those products redirect to docs.google).
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Google Docs and Spreadsheets: Not quite Google Office, but closer  —  Google just launched the feature I was kvetching about yesterday when I covered Zoho: an integrated file system for its productivity applications.  Until now, documents created in Writely and in Google Spreadsheets lived separately.
Discussion: Web 2.0 Explorer and TechBlog
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Docs & Spreadsheets Released  —  Google merged (Word-like) Writely with (Excel-like) Spreadsheets into the new Google Docs.  Now when you go to writely.com or spreadsheets.google.com, you'll be forwarded "Google Docs & Spreadsheets" at docs.google.com.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Docs & Spreadsheets Goes Live: Writely Is No More
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Yahoo Feels Breath on Neck  —  As Google whips out its fat wallet to buy the video site YouTube, it is making Yahoo look even more out of step with the fast-changing Internet advertising market.  —  Yahoo itself tried to buy YouTube just a few weeks ago and got as close as negotiating price and terms …
Benjamin Edelman / BenEdelman.org:
False and Deceptive Pay-Per-Click Ads … Read Google's voluminous Adwords Content Policy, and you'd think Google is awfully tough on bad ads.  If your company sells illegal drugs, makes fake documents, or helps customers cheat drug tests, you can't advertise at Google.
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
After YouTube: The beginning of the end?  —  Now that Google has snatched up the leading online video site, will rivals shell out big bucks, or will the competition dry up for smaller sites?  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Has the online video shakeout only begun or is the bubble about to burst?
Ashley M. Heher / Associated Press:
Group Warns Of More Junk E-mail  —  Font Scale:  —  CHICAGO (AP) - The anti-spam group Spamhaus Project warned more junk e-mail could be on the way as it prepares to lose its domain name thanks to a company it has accused of sending spam.  —  Executives at the U.K.-based Spamhaus Project …
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Reuters:
Cingular sues telemarketers for unsolicited calls  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cingular Wireless, a joint venture between AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T - news) and BellSouth Corp. (NYSE:BLS - news), on Tuesday said it filed three lawsuits in a U.S. federal court against telemarketers to stop them from making unsolicited …
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
Kate Mackenzie / Financial Times:
European bloggers find their voice  —  Readership of blogs in Europe is catching up with the US, but the most popular blogs are still dominated by Americans, according to new research which compares bloggers of different nationalities.  —  However blogs are becoming an increasingly important part …
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Joni Morse / RCR Wireless News:
Sprint Nextel trials Qualcomm's MediaFLO as 'Vue'  —  Verizon Wireless to launch MediaFLO by the fist quarter of next year  —  OVERLAND PARK, Kan.—Qualcomm Inc.'s highly anticipated MediaFLO mobile TV service is gaining momentum as Sprint Nextel Corp. confirmed it is conducting trials using …
John Markoff / New York Times:
U.S. Group Reaches Deal to Provide Laptops to All Libyan Schoolchildren  —  The government of Libya reached an agreement on Tuesday with One Laptop Per Child, a nonprofit United States group developing an inexpensive, educational laptop computer, with the goal of supplying machines to all 1.2 million Libyan schoolchildren by June 2008.
Discussion: IP Democracy and TeleRead
Zephoria / apophenia:
comScore misinterprets data: MySpace is *NOT* gray  —  Read the ComScore press release.  Completely.  Read the details.  They have found that the unique VISITORS have gotten older.  This is _not_ the same thing as USERS.  A year ago, most adults hadn't heard about MySpace.
Discussion: Mashable!, Joe Duck and Slashdot
roughlydrafted.com:
The Secret Failures of Microsoft  —  Why Microsoft Can't Compete With iTunes examined Microsoft's past success in software development, and demonstrated why its past practices won't be of any help in expanding into the consumer electronics and digital media download business.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
cpwplc.com:
AOL to provide co-branded audience services and manage online advertising sales for combined customer base through a revenue-sharing agreement  —  Carphone Warehouse and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) have reached agreement for Carphone Warehouse to acquire AOL's Internet access business in the UK …
John P. Falcone / Alpha.CNET.com:
Copy never: DRM 'glitch' keeps TiVo Series3, JVC A/V receivers from playing nice  —  Connecting a TiVo Series3 to a JVC A/V receiver via HDMI seems to awaken an otherwise dormant copy-protection feature in the DVR.  At least, that's what happened during testing in the CNET Labs.
 
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Reuters:
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Benjamin Heckendorn / Engadget:
How-To: Analog control stick for your Sony PSP
Discussion: CrunchGear and PSP Fanboy
Msrcteam / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
October 2006 Bulletin Release
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