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3:00 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.
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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.
Ryan Stewart / O'Reilly Radar:
Live Blogging the Expo Day 2 Keynote (Part 2) - Google announcing Power Point feature  —  I'm updating this as Eric talks, but the big news is that Google is announcing slide show features for Google Docs and Spreadsheets.  —  Bill Tancer of Hitwise and David L. Sifry of Technorati talked …
Michael Calore / Compiler:
Web 2.0 Expo: Eric Schmidt on Google Apps, DoubleClick  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt just took the stage for a sit-down interview with Federated Media's John Battelle as part of today's keyonote presentation at the Web 2.0 Expo.  Schmidt started the talk by announcing that Google is releasing …
Nick / Rough Type:
Google buys PowerPoint editor  —  Filling in a hole in its Google Apps suite, Google has acquired Tonic Systems, which provides a set of tools for the online editing, viewing, and sharing of presentations created with Microsoft PowerPoint.  Tonic Systems describes itself as "Java PowerPoint Specialists."
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Web 2.0 Expo: Eric Schmidt Interview  —  Schmidt starts off by announcing a presentation feature for Docs & Spreadsheets.  John Battelle points out that this completes the Office suite, so he asks is it now a competitor to MS?  Schmidt says no, because it doesn't have the same or all of MS Office's functionality.
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:   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.
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Amanda Chapel / Strumpette:
EXCLUSIVE: PC Magazine Considers Edelman Boycott
Discussion: Valleywag, rexblog.com and Epicenter
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:   The Second Law of Ambient Broadcasting
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
A very serious topic: Communication
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is Microsoft's Cloud OS actually a Cloud DB?  —  Microsoft officials have used "Cloud OS" as shorthand to refer to the Windows Live Core, or the platform that will power Microsoft's current and forthcoming datacenter-based family of services.  —  But what, exactly, is Microsoft's Cloud OS?
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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 …
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 …
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Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Requesting removal of content from our index
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.
Discussion: Digital Markets
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Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner to Explore Reducing Cable Stake  —  Inside Time Warner Inc., senior executives are considering what was once unthinkable: whether the world's biggest media company should substantially reduce its cable-TV holdings over time.  —  Cable has been a core part of the company …
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Joe / Techdirt:   Report: Time Warner Considers Getting Rid Of The Cable
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: rexblog.com and digg
 
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