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7:05 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.
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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.
BBC:
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.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Google Targets Microsoft With Launch Of Business Applications
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Google battles Microsoft head-on
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Businesses to buy into Google Apps Premier Edition?
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Google to launch business software
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 …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   The State of the Web-based RSS Reader Market - Feedburner, Pheedo Release Stats
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 …
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
RIAA Fights Back, Threatens Open Wi-Fi  —  Debbie Foster was sued by RIAA member company Capitol Records for allegedly sharing copyrighted material on a P2P file sharing network.  However, the alleged infringement was apparently committed by someone else with access to her ISP account.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA appeals attorneys' fees award
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
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.
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 …
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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.
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Scott Goldberg / Digital Media Wire:
Settled: Cisco and Apple May Share iPhone Name, But Everyone Knows its Apple's
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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.
MacScoop:
Tons of Mac hardware releases for Q2, black iMac on the way?  —  While the release of Microsoft's Vista earlier this month is said to be seriously challenging Apple on its recent PC market share catch-up, tipsters well placed at Apple informed MacScoop that the company is preparing …
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.
Business 2.0:
The Next Net 25  —  Business 2.0 Magazine's guide to the hottest Web 2.0 companies - and the powerful trends driving them - in this make-or-break year.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Twelve months have passed since we introduced the first Next Net 25 - our picks for the Web 2.0 wannabes most likely to break out of the pack.
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
FIM Acquires Interactive Ad Tech Company Strategic Data Corp.  —  Fox Interactive Media has made what the company calls its first "major" acquisition since low-profile Peter Levinsohn took over late last year, picking up interactive ad technology firm Strategic Data Corp.. The company's home page …
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.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Updated: Google's Transferable Stock Option Program Begins  —  Google has submitted filings (prospectus plus supplement) about its initial test of its transferable stock option (TSO) program.  The idea, you'll recall, is to give employees with vested stock options a new alternative with respect to making money from vested options.
usa.canon.com:
CANON'S TWO NEWEST DIGITAL ELPH CAMERAS INFUSE ICONIC DESIGN WITH DYNAMIC DUAL-TONE ELEGANCE, PHOTOGRAPHIC EXCELLENCE AND AN ALWAYS FASHIONABLE FLAIR FOR FUN  —  The PowerShot SD750 and PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH Cameras Take Pictures That Pop With Color, Clarity and a Dramatic Dollop of Eye Appeal
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 …
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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.
 
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