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12:25 PM 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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William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
Free IBM Software Is Bid to Challenge Microsoft Office  —  Resuming an old rivalry, International Business Machines Corp. is launching a software giveaway that takes aim at Microsoft Corp. on the office desktop.  —  Today, IBM plans to post on the Internet a package of its own software …
Ed Brill:
Introducing IBM Lotus Symphony, desktop productivity software at no charge
InfoWorld:
IBM takes fight to Microsoft with Lotus Symphony
TDavid / Things That:   The Day Microsoft Office Stood Still, Google Docs trifecta complete
Apple (UK and Ireland):
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 9th. 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.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
iPhone UK launch live blog
Discussion: last100 and Gearlog
Andrew Lim / Crave at CNET UK:   UK iPhone unveiled on O2 network at London Apple Store
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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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.
Mozilla:
Mozilla Launches Internet Mail and Communications Initiative  —  David Ascher joins Mozilla to lead new organization  —  Mozilla today announced a new initiative to stimulate innovation in Internet mail and communications.  Mozilla plans to develop Internet communications software based on the Thunderbird product, code and brand.
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Mitchell / mitchell's blog:
Mozilla's New Focus on Thunderbird and Internet Communications
Discussion: david ascher and Ars Technica
david ascher:
Joining Mozilla  —  As Mitchell Baker just blogged …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Apple to Introduce Faster iPhone Next Year  —  Apple (AAPL - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) will deliver the next version of the iPhone early next year, TheStreet.com has learned.  —  A faster third-generation, or 3G, iPhone will be available sometime in the first quarter, say people familiar with the production plans.
Google:
Google AdSense for Mobile unlocks the potential of the mobile advertising market  —  The mobile device is fast becoming the world's most popular gateway to information.  In fact, there are currently more mobile devices worldwide than personal computers and televisions combined.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Murdoch: Should Dow Jones Be Free?  Maybe...  I'm here at the Goldman Sachs "Communicopia" conference in New York, where Rupert Murdoch, head of News Corp. (NWS) and soon to be head of Dow Jones (DJ) and your favorite tech blog, has been asked by Goldman equity analyst Anthony Noto whether Dow Jones content …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
IAC's Diller At Goldman's Communicopia
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jeff Grimes / Official Google Docs & Spreadsheets Blog:
And now we present...  Earlier this year, we told you that in addition to documents and spreadsheets, we'd soon be adding support for presentations as well.  We know you've been waiting, and today we're excited to invite you to try out presentations for yourself at http://documents.google.com.
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Chris Williams / The Register:   Google's PowerPoint [beater] beta is go
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.
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
EBay's Bid to Win Back Buyers  —  The online auctioneer aims to regain seller—and investor—confidence with a site overhaul that's more than screen-deep  —  Time was, small-business owner Evan Prytherch considered eBay (EBAY) capable of performing e-commerce magic.
 
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