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4:10 PM ET, December 18, 2007

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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
R.I.P.: The Web 2.0 Office Suite … In a recent survey, NPD asked nearly 600 PC users: "Have you heard about online, browser-based office productivity applications like Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets, gOffice, etc.?"  NPD also asked, "If so, how often do you use them?"
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Majority Of Americans On Google Docs: "What You Talkin Bout Willis?"  —  A new survey by NPD has found that the 73% of Americans have never heard of Google Docs and other online office applications, but perhaps worst still only 0.5% of respondents have abandoned desktop office applications for an online alternative.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Taking Apps In The Sky  —  Much talk lately has been devoted to the "Let's write off the web office suite" theory.  To prove the naysayers wrong, Google is slowly signing up Internet service providers for a "white label" version of its offerings.  —  For instance, the company today …
Discussion: WildBlue and Googling Google
Nick / Rough Type:   The Office question  —  eWeek's Joe Wilcox is ready …
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Yes, There Can Be Life After Word
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
Q&A: Peter Norvig  —  The evolution of Web search.  —  As director of research at Google, Peter Norvig is intimately involved in the attempt to manage the world's information.  He's a good match for the job, having spent much of his life thinking about how computers think and making them do it more efficiently.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
How Google Tests Results Quality
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Wall Street Journal:
Apple Meets with DoCoMo, Softbank On Launching iPhone in Japan  —  After signing deals with U.S. and European operators to sell its iPhone earlier this year, Apple Inc. now is making plans to enter Japan, one of the biggest and most sophisticated mobile-phone markets in the world.
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Introducing Video Sitemaps  —  In our effort to help users search all the world's public videos, the Google Video team joined the Sitemaps folks to introduce Video Sitemaps—an extension of the Sitemap Protocol that helps make your videos more searchable via Google Video Search.
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Amazon partners with fans' online record label  —  Sellaband, which lets fans invest in bands whose music they like, will now sell its albums on Amazon for £8.99 each  —  Sellaband, the fledgling music site which allows users to become 'investors' in bands whose music they like …
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Amazon hooks up with bands site
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Martin Roscheisen / Nanosolar Blog:
Nanosolar Ships First Panels  —  After five years of product development - including aggressively pipelined science, research and development, manufacturing process development, product testing, manufacturing engineering and tool development, and factory construction - we now have shipped …
Discussion: CNET News.com, Engadget and TechCrunch
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Google News Blog:
New Advanced News search  —  Want to find articles from a specific news source?  You may not know of some tricks to make Google News do the work for you.  —  Try using our site operator along with a keyword, like this: [site:iht.com Paris].  Or you can also use our advanced news search page.
John Tierney / New York Times:
Why Nobody Likes a Smart Machine  —  At a Best Buy store in Midtown Manhattan, Donald Norman was previewing a scene about to be re-enacted in living rooms around the world.  —  He was playing with one of this year's hot Christmas gifts, a digital photo frame from Kodak.
Discussion: Smart Mobs and Gawker
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
The Depth of EBay's Problems 2: Angry Sellers  —  Here's another angle on what's wrong at eBay: Sellers increasingly find eBay too expensive and are becoming successful finding buyers on Amazon.com or on their own sites.  I wrote Friday about why Amazon should buy eBay.
George Ou / Zero Day:
Mac versus Windows vulnerability stats for 2007  —  The year 2007 has been an interesting year that brought us improved security with Windows Vista and Mac OS X Leopard (10.5).  But to get some perspective of how many publicly known holes found in these two operating systems …
Discussion: Micronet's blog
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
Google Toolbar Dialog Spoofing Vulnerability  —  Summary  —  Google Toolbar allows spoofing the information presented in the dialog which is being displayed when adding a new Google Toolbar button.  This can allow an attacker to convince the users that his button comes from a trusted domain.
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Search Engine Land
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Don't DVR Owners Skip Commercials?  —  Yet another study argues that most DVR owners watch most of their TV live, and don't skip commercials.  Interpublic's Magna Global says that just 13.8% of all viewing in DVR homes is time-shifted, MediaPost reports.
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Ex-Jane Editor Lands at Yahoo  —  Brandon Holley, late of Jane magazine, has become the latest example of an editor who's made the leap from print magazines to the digital space.  Holley has been quietly working at Yahoo as executive producer, Yahoo Lifestyles, a new position at the company.
Louis Hau / Forbes:
McClatchy's Fall From Grace  —  Holy smokes—what happened to McClatchy?  —  Just a few years ago, industry observers hailed the newspaper company and its boyishly charismatic chairman and chief executive, Gary Pruitt, for growing earnings and producing solid journalism at a time when some of its rivals couldn't accomplish either.
Discussion: paidContent.org and BloggingStocks
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Privacy groups ramp up Google-DoubleClick attacks
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple's latest Security Updates squash Quick Look bugs, more
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Visualize Social Networks with IBM's Atlas
Discussion: InfoWorld
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
BBC chief: Better than Microsoft for innovation
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Motorola to introduce next-generation Linux-based Ming handsets in 2Q08
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Inside iPod Touch
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Live Search for Mobile Updated
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell's Latitude XT tablet now available
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USA Today:
'Guitar Hero,' 'Rock Band' strum up big sales
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Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
Ask 37signals: 10 ways to "get ink"
BBC:
Tech giants form tiny chip group
Discussion: TechSpot News
Alertbox:
Web 2.0 Can Be Dangerous...
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Google's Checkout perks paying off
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