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11:15 AM ET, February 22, 2007

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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 …
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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.
Discussion: Global Nerdy, Screenwerk and Slashdot
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.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Google battles Microsoft head-on  —  The search and advertising giant is now selling a cheap competitor to Microsoft Office.  Fortune's Adam Lashinsky watches as Google takes the gloves off.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Fortune) — For more than a year now, whenever someone has accused Google …
Discussion: Business Filter
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google and the Office game  —  Google has always denied that it has any ambitions to take on Microsoft's flagship and very lucrative Office business with its online apps.  Not anymore.Fortune magazine "outs" Google's office ambitions.  The company has launched a paid version of its documents …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Subscription-based Google Apps for businesses ready  —  Google plans to launch on Thursday a subscription-based version of its Google Apps hosted services for businesses, which offers more storage and customer support than the free, ad-supported version.  The Google Apps products …
Discussion: Rex Hammock's weblog
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Apps Premier Edition Launches - One Small Step Towards Google Office
Discussion: Net, WebProNews and The Silent Penguin
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google Apps takes on Microsoft Outlook and Office
Discussion: StartupSquad.com
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Apps Premier Edition Coming
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Possible Major Google Announcement Tomorrow
Discussion: gSpy and Googling Google
Natalie Kerris / Apple:
Cisco and Apple Reach Agreement on iPhone Trademark  —  Cisco and Apple® today announced that they have resolved their dispute involving the "iPhone" trademark.  Under the agreement, both companies are free to use the "iPhone" trademark on their products throughout the world.
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Apple, Cisco settle iPhone trademark lawsuit
BBC:   Apple and Cisco share iPhone name
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Settlement Lets Apple Use 'iPhone'
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.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google sees video anti-piracy tools as priority  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc., racing to head off a media industry backlash over its video Web site YouTube, will soon offer anti-piracy technologies to help all copyright holders thwart unauthorized video sharing, its chief executive said on Wednesday.
usa.canon.com:
TWENTY YEARS OF THE CANON EOS SYSTEM LEADS TO THIS MOMENT: CANON RELEASES THE EOS-1D MARK III DIGITAL SLR  —  The Legendary Canon EOS System Evolves To Meet The Demanding Needs Of Imaging Professionals With the Release of The World's Fastest Digital SLR*, EF 16-35 mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens and Speedlite 580EX II Flash
Scrivs / Wisdump:
Why Blog Networks Failed  —  Do you remember those things that we called Blog Networks?  You might have paid attention or you might have went about your life like nothing changed and that's one of the reasons why they failed.  'Failed' might be a harsh term to use, but of the hundreds …
Stuart J. Johnston / reddevnews.com:
Microsoft Readying Live Development Platform  —  Microsoft has said that getting third-party developers to build their own applications on top of its Web services will help push Redmond's Windows Live initiative over the top.  —  Microsoft has said that getting third-party developers to build …
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.
 
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CANON'S TWO NEWEST DIGITAL ELPH CAMERAS INFUSE ICONIC DESIGN …
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