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4:40 AM ET, September 10, 2007


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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Google in corporate desktop push  —  Google has linked up with IT consultancy and outsourcing specialist CapGemini to target corporate customers with its range of desktop applications, in the search engine's most direct move against the dominance of Microsoft.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Screenwerk and Web Strategy
Nick / Rough Type:
Capgemini to pitch Google Apps  —  In the clearest sign yet that Google Apps may be about to make the leap from small businesses to large ones, a major systems consulting firm, Capgemini, is announcing today a partnership with Google to push Apps into the enterprise market.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Apps Goes After Enterprise Market - "Team Productivity" The Catchphrase  —  UK newspaper The Guardian is reporting that Google has partnered with major IT consultancy and outsourcing specialist CapGemini, to sell Google Apps to enterprises.  CapGemini, which is also a partner of Microsoft and IBM …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Brawl Over Islam on Facebook  —  The social networking site Facebook from afar can look a lot like college, with cliques and the familiar range of personalities.  In another imitation of college life, the Facebook campus is wrestling with the contentious issue of speech codes.
Discussion: Mashable! and All Facebook
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TechCrunch40 Updates - Scoble Out?, Almost Sold Out, Big Announcement  —  A few quick updates on the TechCrunch40 Conference next week.  For those not aware, they moved to 40 demos on September 1.  Interestingly enough, they all come via Twitter!  — Via Dave Winer …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Peter Thiel Explains How to Invest in the Singularity  —  "...The singularity will either be really successful, in which we're going to have the biggest boom ever, or it is probably going to blow up the whole world."  —  Such were the words of Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Battle of the Quad Cores  —  They are fast becoming the Grumpy Old Men of Silicon Valley: Intel Corp. (INTC) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), long-time rivals who bicker in public and spar over everything from clock speeds to BUS technologies, are at it again — this time over quad core processors.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Inquirer
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Microsoft Launches Translation Service  —  Microsoft launched a service for automatic translation called Windows Live Translator.  The site lets you translate a text limited to 500 words or a web page from English to German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Russian.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live Translator  —  Darren Straight has been snooping around some Windows Live Translator domain names, and today, for the first time, the Windows Live Translator beta site is live.  According to Darren, the following urls are now working:  —  —
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Three-way: Blu-ray and HD DVD, Meet $150 HD VMD ML622S  —  We first told you about HD VMD over two years ago, then we told you again about one year ago.  But the "next gen" HD optical disc aiming to take down...giants...Blu-ray and HD DVD is finally coming to fruition.
Discussion: and Forever Geek
Alan Stafford / PC World:
HD VMD to Battle Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Warner Shifts Web Course, Shouldering Video Costs  —  In the race to become a major supplier of original video programming to the Web, Warner Brothers has decided to reverse its direction.  —  The studio, part of Time Warner, plans today to introduce 24 Web productions in a range …
Shira Boss / New York Times:
Even in a Virtual World, 'Stuff' Matters  —  IT'S payday for Janine Hawkins.  Not in the real world, where she is a student at Nipissing University in Ontario, but in the online world of Second Life, where she is managing editor of the fashion magazine Second Style.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
RFID implants linked to cancer in lab tests  —  As if pain, conspiracy, big brother, and lack of necessity weren't already enough to deter you, the average Joe or Jane, from getting a subcutaneous RFID chip implant, a number of studies over the past decade have amassed which link the chips to malignant tumors in animal tests.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
danah continues the "precious," er, Facebook conversation...  danah boyd continues the conversation.  danah (she doesn't capitalize her name) is one of our industry's top researchers about social software.  —  Actually now that Milan (our new son) is coming I'm finding myself a lot more in her camp than previously.
Zephoria / apophenia:
SNS visibility norms (a response to Scoble)
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
Will Weakening Economy KO Web Startups?  —  Economy watchers see recession as more likely after Friday's weak jobs data.  What does this mean for Web 2.0 hopefuls, now readying themselves for the fall conference season and dreaming of a Club Penguin style acquisition?
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