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2:00 PM ET, October 11, 2006

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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).
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Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
Google to Merge Writely and Spreadsheets to Form Google Docs  —  Update: Google Docs is live now.  —  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.
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.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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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.
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.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Protect DVD-Video prevents discs from playing on your PC  —  Here's something that opponents of restrictive DRM implementations aren't going to be too happy with: ZDNet is reporting that new copy-protection software for DVD publishers from a company called ProtectDisc not only makes it difficult …
Discussion: TechSpot
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Protect DVD-Video - A slap in the face for PC and Media Center owners
Discussion: PVR Wire and Writers Block Live
Charles / Yet Another Software Blog:
History repeats itself … Salesforce.com recently announced the launch of Apex, and judging by the early response from the industry, this Apex thing is nothing short of the second coming:  —  Marc Benioff calls it "the most important announcement Salesforce has ever made."
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?
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: Engadget, IP Democracy and TeleRead
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
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 …
Microsoft:
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine:
HOW TO - Free international calling... for the next 3 years?  —  Michael Gartenberg from Jupiter Research spotted this odd phone service for making free international calls, you call a number in Iowa (712-858-8883) and according to the site... "When the gateway answers, enter 011 then the country code …
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
 
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