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4:20 AM ET, April 18, 2007


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Karen / Official Google Blog:
We're expecting  —  Well, we tried to keep it a secret as long as we could, but to be honest, we've been dying to tell you about the bun we've got in the oven.  We'll soon be welcoming a new addition to the Google Docs & Spreadsheets family: presentations.  —  First of all, we want to welcome the team from Tonic Systems to Google.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google treads on PowerPoint turf  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Google is adding a feature to its Docs & Spreadsheets Web-hosted software that will enable people to create presentations and slide shows, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said Tuesday at the Web 2.0 Expo here.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Google presentation app on the way  —  In an interview with John Battelle at the Web 2.0 Expo today, the Google CEO announced that a presentation application that is part of the Google Docs and Spreadsheets is forthcoming, completing the basic "Office" suite.  —  "We don't think its a competitor to Microsoft Office," Schmidt said.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Office Suite Complete: Google "PowerPoint" Confirmed  —  There's no need for further speculation: Today at the Web 2.0 Expo Google CEO Eric Schmidt confirmed (here also) that Google will soon launch a PowerPoint clone, completing their basic office suite (they already have Word and Excel covered).
Nick / Rough Type:   Google buys PowerPoint editor
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   Web 2.0 Expo: Eric Schmidt Interview
Eric Savitz /   Web 2. Expo: Google's Eric Schmidt Announces Presentation Feature …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Open Letter: A Lesson Learned Twittering  —  The following is an open letter to Jim Louderback, Editor-in-Chief of PC Magazine, as well as any of the several hundred employees who work for Ziff Davis Media.
Amanda Chapel / Strumpette:
EXCLUSIVE: PC Magazine Considers Edelman Boycott
Discussion: Valleywag, and Epicenter
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
A very serious topic: Communication
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:   The Second Law of Ambient Broadcasting
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports First Quarter 2007 Financial Results  —  Revenues - $1,672 Million  —  Operating Income - $169 Million  —  Operating Income Before Depreciation, Amortization and Stock-Based Compensation Expense - $460 Million  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO …
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Yahoo Q1 '07 Earnings: Live Coverage  —  Yahoo (YHOO) has announced first-quarter earnings, and the stock is down nearly 7 percent in after-hours trading.  I blogged the earnings call live as it happened.  —  3:00 p.m. Pacific: CEO Terry Semel, who seems to have woken up a bit towards the end …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Releases Improved Content Removal Tools  —  Google has rolled out new tools to help people quickly get content removed from its search engine.  Those targeted at site owners allow for speedy removal of pages and cached copies of pages.  Other tools allow those to request the removal …
Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Requesting removal of content from our index  —  As a site owner, you control what content of your site is indexed in search engines.  The easiest way to let search engines know what content you don't want indexed is to use a robots.txt file or robots meta tag.
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Faster, Simplified Online Customer Checkout  —  Yahoo! PayPal Checkout Program Launches  —  Imagine a customer in a busy store, perhaps a grocery store.  They walk in to find one or two items, a store worker points them to the product they want.  As they head for the check out counter, one opens up just for them.
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
What is Microsoft's CloudDB?  —  It appears that Microsoft is working on a clone of Google's BigTable codenamed Blue/CloudDB.  —  Mary Jo Foley reports that "CloudDB is a file-system-based storage system ... 'Blue' also seems to refer to the query processor that builds on top of the cheap …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Is Microsoft's Cloud OS actually a Cloud DB?
Wayne Rash /
FCC to Investigate Broadband Deployment  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission has begun action on two items involving broadband deployment in the United States.  The first is a Notice of Inquiry into whether broadband services are being provided to all Americans in a timely and reasonable fashion.
Discussion: GigaOM and VoIP Watch
Two cautioned over wi-fi 'theft'  —  Two people have been cautioned for using people's wi-fi broadband internet connections without permission.  —  Neighbours in Redditch, Worcestershire, contacted police on Saturday after seeing a man inside a car using a laptop while parked outside a house.
Stephen Totilo / MTV:
GameFile: 'Super Paper Mario' Vs. 'Renaissance.Nerds'; 'Halo 3' And More  —  Plus: 'Pokémon' scavenger hunt; Blizzon is back.  —  If you take games a little too seriously, then the newest Nintendo-made Wii game, "Super Paper Mario," is making fun of you.
Discussion: Joystiq, 4 color rebellion and Kotaku
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Supercharge your Gmail  —  Yesterday Gina released Better Gmail, a Firefox extension that integrates the best Gmail user scripts under one easy-to-manage Firefox extension.  Whether you're using the extension or the Greasemonkey scripts, these add-ons turn Gmail into an entirely new and wildly powerful email tool.
Discussion: and digg
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Yahoo! Q1 2007 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Terry Semel - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer  —  Susan Decker - Executive Vice President; Head of Advertiser and Publisher Group and Acting Chief Financial Officer  —  Analysts  —  Christa S. Quarles - Thomas Weisel Partners
Discussion: and Clickety Clack
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Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Getting the message in  —  A recent visit to the Apple campus left …
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Intel moves closer to flash memory replacement
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Windows Media Player Plug-in for Firefox Now a Reality
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Always on isn't for me  —  Well, after playing with always …
Business Week:
The Sell-Phone Revolution  —  Stay tuned for a message …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Rural Arkansas school turns school buses into classrooms
Discussion: Engadget, MacUser and digg
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Facebook To Allow Embedding of Third-Party Widgets
Apple fined for air quality violation in Elk Grove
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Cisco invests in networking start-up Avega
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Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Keepin' it real fake, part LIV: yet another iPhone rip
Neil Patel / Search Engine Land:
Become A Power User By Becoming A Valuable User
David Goetzl / Broadcasting & Cable:
Using MySpace To Get the Message
Discussion: digg
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Be funny or die: Will Ferrell enters the world of user-submitted video
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