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9:40 PM ET, November 30, 2006


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Steve Ballmer Kicks Off Most Significant Product Launch in Microsoft's History  —  Windows Vista and the 2007 release of Office lead the more than 30 new products that will spur the next leap forward in business computing.  —  At a press conference at NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft Officially Announces Vista and Office 07 - Web Briefly Mentioned  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced today the business availability of the Windows Vista operating system, the 2007 release of Microsoft Office, and other new business software offerings.  Vista and Office 07 be available from 30 January.
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Will Vista make an impact?  —  Commentary: It's just not the same as earlier Windows releases  —  BERKELEY (MarketWatch) — Investors want to know if there will be any effect on the market during the rollout of Microsoft's new operating system Vista.  Will sales of computers jump?  What about peripherals?
Discussion: JD on EP and Slashdot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What I learned at the Microsoft Vista business launch
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
15 Simple Ways Microsoft Could Improve Computing
Discussion:, jkOnTheRun, Scobleizer and Joystiq
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Announcements - How about three of them?  —  Today, we announce three different additions to Zoho.  —  1. Zoho Plugin for Microsoft Office  —  2. Zoho APIs  —  3. Desktopize for Zoho (Download)  —  We are very excited about the plugin for Microsoft Office as this extends …
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
The Real Office Live: Zoho Bridges Online And Offline Office Apps  —  Zoho, the online Office suite company, will launch a Microsoft Office plugin today that will allow users to save documents directly to their Zoho account from Microsoft Office and Excel.  —  The company is also announcing open APIs …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Zoli's Blog
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Zoho Brings Interactivity With Microsoft Office
Masaki Kondo / Bloomberg:
Namco Bandai's Takasu Says PS3 Game Titles Must Sell 500,000  —  Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) — Namco Bandai Holdings Inc., Japan's second-biggest maker of video-game software, must sell at least half a million copies of a game for Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 console to make money on the title, said President Takeo Takasu.
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
Seagate CEO: I help people "watch porn"  —  You think tech execs are boring?  Check out a freewheeling interview with Seagate's Bill Watkins, who might be Silicon Valley's most outspoken CEO.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Fortune) — Sitting at the arm of a tech CEO during a corporate dinner is rarely as interesting as you might imagine.
Discussion: Valleywag, John Furrier and WebProBlog
Anna Jane Grossman / New York Times:
Here's My Number (for Today)  —  THERE is no shortage of ways to reach Airin McClain, a singer who lives in Philadelphia.  She has a Web site, an instant messenger account, a MySpace page, four e-mail addresses and two mobile phones.  —  Good luck getting one of those phone numbers, though.
Annalee Newitz / Wired News:
Nike+ IPod = Surveillance  —  If you enhance your workout with the new Nike+ iPod Sport Kit, you may be making yourself a surveillance target.  —  A report from four University of Washington researchers to be released Thursday reveals that security flaws in the new RFID-powered device …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Why Yahoo is Backing Away from RSS  —  Has anyone noticed that Yahoo's love affair with RSS seems to be withering?  In 2004 and 2005 Yahoo was all over feeds.  It was an early leader in driving adoption, as a matter of fact.  But in recent months I question whether they remain committed to RSS as a platform.
John Markoff / New York Times:
For $150, Third-World Laptop Stirs a Big Debate  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — When computer industry executives heard about a plan to build a $100 laptop for the developing world's children, they generally ridiculed the idea.  How could you build such a computer, they asked, when screens alone cost about $100?
Bob Sullivan / The Red Tape Chronicles:
ATM system called unsafe  —  A U.S. Secret Service memo obtained by indicates that organized criminals are systematically attempting to subvert the ATM system and unscramble encrypted PIN codes.  (Will Burgess / Reuters file)  —  Researchers who work for an Israeli computer security company …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The Rojas-Winer-Calacanis podcast device  —  Michael Gartenberg made a list for the Rojas-Winer-Calacanis podcast device.  Peter responded positively to my query, so we're going to meet on the 21st, here in Berkeley, to talk about the device.  I agree with many of the things Michael says, but there are some I strenuously object to.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Goodbye Search Engine Watch & Best Wishes!  —  Today is my last day with Search Engine Watch, with me heading to my new digs at Search Engine Land tomorrow.  I wanted to wish Search Engine Watch all the best going forward, plus help readers understand some of the changes that are happening.
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