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5:50 PM ET, February 22, 2007


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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Google Package Challenges Microsoft  —  Google is taking aim at one of Microsoft's most lucrative franchises.  —  On Thursday, Google, the Internet search giant, will unveil a package of communications and productivity software aimed at businesses, which overwhelmingly rely on Microsoft products for those functions.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
It's G-Day: Google Launches Apps Premier  —  The day that everyone knew was coming has arrived with the announcement that Google has launched Google Apps Premier, its subscription package of premium, hosted business applications in direct competition with Microsoft.
Google Introduces New Business Version of Popular Hosted Applications  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) - today introduced Google Apps Premier Edition, a new version of Google's hosted services for communication and collaboration designed for businesses of all sizes.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Google Targets Microsoft With Launch Of Business Applications  —  The search engine giant adopts a subscription model with its corporate software bundle to counter Microsoft Office and Windows Live.  —  Having won over millions of consumers with its online search and productivity tools …
Google charges for web programs  —  Google has introduced a paid-for version of its web applications it hopes will be popular with small firms.  —  The paid version adds more storage, phone help and guarantees of availability to the Gmail, calendar, word processing and messaging package.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Google battles Microsoft head-on
Discussion: Business Filter
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Google to launch business software
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Businesses to buy into Google Apps Premier Edition?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google and the Office game
Discussion: CrunchGear
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Skype asks FCC to open up cellular networks  —  Skype yesterday petitioned the FCC to lay the smack down on wireless phone carriers who "limit subscribers' right to run software communications applications of their choosing" (read: Skype software).  Skype wants the agency to more stringently apply …
Malika Zouhali-Worrall / Financial Times:
Ad-supported online video 'losing ground'  —  The market for film and television internet downloads is expected to grow dramatically over the next five years, with revenues from paid downloads far exceeding earnings from advertising placed on free programming, according to a new industry study.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple TKOs Cisco in iPhone bout, analysts say  —  One called Steve Jobs 'the Rasputin of the computer industry'  —  Although Apple Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. remained mum today on the details of their deal to share the "iPhone" trademark, some analysts said Cisco got the short end of the stick.
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed
Carl Howe / Blackfriars' Marketing:
Apple and Cisco share an iPhone trademark, but not
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Getty Images may buy research firm Jupitermedia  —  Shares of Jupitermedia Corp., a provider of research on technology, closed up 26 percent Wednesday after the New York Post reported that the company is in talks to be bought by Getty Images Inc. of Seattle  —  The stock gained $2.05 to close …
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft hit with $1.5 billion patent verdict  —  A federal jury in San Diego has ordered Microsoft to pay $1.5 billion to Alcatel-Lucent in a patent dispute over MP3 audio technology used in Windows.  —  In its verdict, the jury assessed damages based on each Windows PC sold since May 2003.
Discussion: Techdirt, PaidContent and Macsimum News
Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
Missing laptop found in ET hunt … SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, has signed up more than 1 million volunteers worldwide in a search for extraterrestrial intelligence.  They've found no aliens yet, but they have at least turned up one missing laptop.
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Yahoo! news to tilt to a lilt  —  Yahoo! is hoping a quirky take on the news will strike a chord as its next original programming effort.  —  The Web giant confirmed Wednesday that it will launch a new initiative before the end of this quarter that will feature a journalist-cum-crooner who will sing the news.
Rick / Burning Questions:
FeedBurner's View of the Feed Market  —  Prompted by widespread buzz from many FeedBurner publishers who blogged about notable increases in feed subscribers over the weekend, we thought now was a good time to step back and talk about media consumption drivers, and how to accurately assess adoption …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Microsoft kicks the tires on Revver  —  Don't expect Microsoft to stand pat in a video-sharing sector dominated by Google's YouTube.  —  A week after a test version of Microsoft's video site, Soapbox, went live, the company sized up at least one potential acquisition target, sources say.
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
BUILDING OUT THE WIRED BLOG NETWORK  —  At Wired we're working hard on a technology platform shift that will let us relaunch the site with loads of bells and whistles in June.  This involves engineers, "QA" and "release candidates", all of which is exactly as exasperating as it sounds.
Peter Nowak / National Post:
Puretracks takes lead in rights fight  —  Canadian download store Puretracks is turning up the volume on the free-the-music movement by selling songs online without copy protection.  —  Toronto-based Puretracks Inc. yesterday announced it was selling MP3 files from independent labels …
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