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9:30 AM ET, September 18, 2007

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Attila Bodis / Official Google Blog:
Our feature presentation  —  In April we announced that we were working to bring presentations to Google Docs.  (Astute readers may recall learning about this even earlier, which caused a bit of excitement around here.)  And today we're unveiling the new Google Docs presentations feature …
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Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
Google Presentations Finally Arrives!  —  Oh, god, they finally did it.  —  Smart readers will note that I've been calling Google Docs & Spreadsheets just "Google Docs" for a while, since it became obvious that a name that mentions everything in the suite would probably be shortened to Docs eventually anyway.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Completes Office Triple Play With Presently  —  Google has officially launched the missing piece in Google's online office suite: Presently, a presentation product that competes directly with Microsoft PowerPoint.  —  We've know it's been coming for a long time …
Associated Press:   Google expands online software suite
Jeff Grimes / Official Google Docs & Spreadsheets Blog:
And now we present...  Earlier this year, we told you that in addition …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Confirmed: Google Presentations
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Google Announces Adsense For Mobile
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Times to End Charges on Web Site  —  The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight Tuesday night, reflecting a growing view in the industry that subscription fees cannot outweigh the potential ad revenue from increased traffic on a free site.
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Brad Garlinghouse / Yodel Anecdotal:
Zimbra is so damn cool  —  If you're a student at Georgia Tech or an employee at Digg or Mozilla.org, you know just how excellent your email and group calendaring experience is.  That's because it's powered by Zimbra, creator of an innovative Ajax-based mail client that integrates email …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Yahoo Acquires Zimbra For $350 million in Cash  —  Yahoo will announce the acquisition of open source online/offline office suite Zimbra this evening, we just heard through a very solid source.  The price: $350 million, in cash, confirmed.  —  Our coverage of Zimbra goes back to 2005.
Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
Yahoo Strikes Back with Open Source
Discussion: The Open Road and bizjournals
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Accel and Founders Fund Launch fbFund; To Give Grants To Facebook App Startups  —  During his keynote conversation with Michael Arrington this afternoon at the TechCrunch40 conference, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company will be launching a new entity called fbFund with Accel and Founders Fund.
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Adam Howorth / Apple:
Apple Chooses O2 as Exclusive Carrier for iPhone in UK  —  Apple® and O2 announced today that O2, the leading wireless carrier in the UK, will be the exclusive UK carrier for Apple's revolutionary iPhone™ when it makes its debut in the UK on November 9. iPhone combines three devices into one …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple iPhone hits O2 in the UK on November 9th  —  Ending months of intense, practically insane speculation, Apple just confirmed its first European carrier for the iPhone: O2 is scoring exclusive UK rights to the hotly contested device, and will be launching it on November 9th for £269 including VAT.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Live from Apple's "Mum is no longer the word" event in London  —  9:17AM BST - We're, ahem, queuing alongside a few dozen other journos outside the Apple Store Regent, iPod touch ads in the window and all.  And guess who just turned up...  The iPhone guy!  You know, the iPhone project manager dude who gave all the online tutorials.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / blogs.business2.com:
Apple's iPhone Coming to the U.K. Nov. 9 for $537
Discussion: Engadget
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. to Offer Office Software Free in Challenge to Microsoft's Line  —  I.B.M. plans to mount its most ambitious challenge in years to Microsoft's dominance of personal computer software, by offering free programs for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.
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William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
Free IBM Software Is Bid to Challenge Microsoft Office
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
In core wars, AMD carves out some open field  —  AMD added a triple-core processor to its desktop roadmap and could find itself with some open field in the core wars.  —  The processor, the AMD Phenom, has three brains-computational cores on a single die of silicon.
Discussion: eWEEK.com and InfoWorld
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Nokia:
Nokia delivers simplicity and productivity with stylish new Nokia E51  —  Stylish smartphone performer comes equipped with essentials for business and private life  —  London, UK - Nokia today bolstered its Nokia Eseries portfolio of business devices with the introduction of the new Nokia E51 device.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
IAC/Interactive Takes Game Designer Stake  —  IAC/InterActiveCorp today plans to announce it has taken a majority stake in game developer GarageGames.com Inc. to anchor a soon-to-be launched gaming site, InstantAction.  —  IAC is hoping the company will help it develop a type of gaming still in its infancy …
 
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Paul Fleetwood / The Register:
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