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3:25 PM ET, October 11, 2006


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google "Docs & Spreadsheets" Launches  —  Google just launched Docs & Spreadsheets at  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
Google Blogoscoped:   Google Docs & Spreadsheets Released
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 …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
A BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH EFF'S FRED VON LOHMANN ON YOUTUBE, COPYRIGHT, GOOGLE, AND MORE  —  My first go to guy on all things DMCA, copyright, and digital law and policy is the EFF's Fred von Lohmann.  I started an email interview with him prior to the GooTube deal, and it only seems more salient now.
Wall Street Journal:
Does YouTube Make Google a Big Target For Copyright Suits?  —  Google Inc.'s $1.65 billion purchase of video-sharing site YouTube catapults the search giant into the lead spot in the fast-growing online video market.  It also creates a big, deep-pocketed target for aggrieved copyright owners.
Google Blogoscoped:
Good Blog Writing Style  —  Danny Sullivan begs "Google Blog: Please Get Descriptive With Your Headlines!" and I agree.  Here are some rules for good writing style when you're blogging:  — Use descriptive headlines that reveal the point of the article without further reading …
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Blog: Please Get Descriptive With Your Headlines!  —  A public rant, and I'm sorry — but I've had it with the Official Google Blog having post headlines that give people no idea what the post is about.  First some recent examples, then why this is bad in general.
Discussion: E-consultancy
Benjamin Edelman /
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.
Leslie Kwoh / The Standard:
Spam bill bites into business  —  Businesses including banks, utility companies and telecommunications providers could face criminal charges for sending customers e-mails or electronic invoices under the government's proposed anti-spam legislation.  —  Under the current wording …
Mike / Techdirt:   Hong Kong Proposes Outlawing All Unsolicited Commercial Email …
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.
Business Week:
The Web According to Ballmer  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer chats with BusinessWeek editors about Web 2.0's sky-high valuations and the new competition the company faces  —  Even the people running the richest tech companies are awestruck by Web 2.0 valuations.
Paul R. La Monica /
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 ( — Has the online video shakeout only begun or is the bubble about to burst?
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
YouTubers Ponder Google  —  On YouTube, where members are encouraged to express themselves through amateur video, it took only a few hours before they started chiming in on Google's $1.65 billion acquisition of the popular online video site.  —  Dozens of YouTubers turned their cameras …
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Closure of RC2, Feedback Handling in the New York Times, and Licensing Information for Windows  —  As you've probably already surmised, downloads of Windows Vista RC2 for the Customer Preview Program (CPP) have now closed and the links are no longer active.  We were bowled over by your response …
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Slashdot
Microsoft Streets & Trips 2007 With GPS Locator Helps Consumers Take the Tension out of Travel  —  Updated trip-planning software and more powerful GPS receiver team up to resolve the battle for the driver's seat.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft® Streets & Trips 2007 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Rod Boothby / Innovation Creators:
Enterprise 2.0 = Emergence Software  —  There is something very interesting happening in the field of enterprise technology.  I called part of it Web Office.  Ismael Ghalimi called it Office 2.0.  Ross Mayfield calls it Social Software in the Enterprise.  Dion Hichtcliff calls it Enterprise Web 2.0.
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 …
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: digg and Slashdot
Nokia marks WiMAX milestone with Nokia Flexi WiMAX Base Station  —  Boston, MA, USA and Espoo, Finland -Nokia today announced the Nokia Flexi WiMAX Base Station, an innovation that will revolutionize the way broadband wireless networks will be built while minimizing operating and capital expenditures for broadband wireless operators.
Discussion: 21talks and
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J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
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