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1:15 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 …
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).
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.
Nick / Rough Type:
Google buys PowerPoint editor
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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  —  If there's one thing that characterizes the current social media explosion, it's the rush to push the limits.  It's absolutely exhilarating... well... that is, until the Gods push back.  —  This is about the Gods pushing back.
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yup, those Yahoo Panama expectations were too high
Discussion: IP Democracy
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 …
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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