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1:15 PM ET, December 18, 2007

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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.
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St. and uncov
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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?"
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Yes, There Can Be Life After Word  —  AS the clerk at Circuit City rang up my purchase of a new notebook computer last month, she started her up-selling.  —  Padded bag?  No. Security lock?  No. Windows Office?  —  For someone who processes words for a living, Microsoft's software would seem to be an indispensable tool.
Nick / Rough Type:
The Office question  —  eWeek's Joe Wilcox is ready …
Discussion: GigaOM
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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: Engadget, CNET News.com and TechCrunch
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Start-Up Sells Solar Panels at Lower-Than-Usual Cost  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Nanosolar, a heavily financed Silicon Valley start-up whose backers include Google's co-founders, plans to announce Tuesday that it has begun selling its innovative solar panels, which are made using a technique …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Howard Lindzon
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.
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.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Big Switch: 12 Signed Pre-Release Copies For TechCrunch Readers  —  Author Nick Carr is someone I used to love to hate.  He wrote blog posts that I strongly disagreed with - such as this one about the long tail of blogging, and another arguing that Web 2.0 had serious faults.
Yiwyn / Techland:
Google's Checkout perks paying off  —  By Yi-Wyn Yen  —  Since Google launched its Checkout online payment service 18 months ago, industry insiders have wondered if its aggressive marketing promotions were worth the money.  —  The company, which has been tight-lipped about the performance …
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.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Slashdot
Shea Drefs / Arizona Republic:
Higley schools mull Google partnership  —  Service would supply students' online needs  —  GILBERT - The Higley Unified School District is in talks with Google Inc. to partner with the Internet powerhouse, district officials said.  —  The partnership, which school officials …
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Ticketmaster, NFL Ink Ticket Resale Deal  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ticketmaster plans to launch a Web site next year where people can resell tickets to pro football games, the latest push by the event ticketing company into the lucrative secondary ticket market.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
NFL, Ticketmaster Launching Stubhub Football Rival
Discussion: WebProNews
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Google Android Prototype In the Wild  —  Here's the first gorgeous shot of an Google Android prototype in the wild.  It looks HTC-ish in build, similar to the grainy versions we've seen in the official videos and the renderings in the SDK emulator.  Our source, a Giz reader …
 
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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Clients Push for Web Upfront Sales
Fred / A VC:
You Get What You Give  —  My brother in law has a saying, "you get what you give."
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Tech giants form tiny chip group
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Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
SugarCRM 5.0 Now Available  —  SugarCRM has announced the GA version of Sugar 5.0.
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