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5:05 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.
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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?"
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Google Taking Apps In The Sky
Nick / Rough Type:   The Office question  —  eWeek's Joe Wilcox is ready …
Shea Drefs / Arizona Republic:
Higley schools mull Google partnership
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
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: TechCrunch and Slashdot
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
How Google Tests Results Quality
Discussion: WebProNews
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 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
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.
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Inside iPod Touch  —  The Touch will probably set the standard for iPod iterations to come, and our teardown reveals it's more than just an iPhone you can't make calls on  —  At first glance, Apple's iPod Touch looks almost exactly like its sibling the iPhone.
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: CyberNet and Micronet's blog
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.
Associated Press:
Facebook settles text-messaging suit  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - Pressured by a lawsuit, Internet social network Facebook Inc. will adopt new measures to prevent its 58 million members from sending text messages to recycled cell phone numbers.  —  The settlement was announced Tuesday by attorneys …
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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 …
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.
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
Follow your Favorite Freeway  —  Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, us insiders know that the difference between Hwy 101 and Hwy 280 is like the difference between the mall ring-road on the Saturday before Christmas and the Autobahn.  Some of us will go through some awfully long detours …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land
 
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why Apple should launch iTunes movie rentals now
Discussion: Infinite Loop and ParisLemon
Xoanon / Hobbit Movie News and Rumors:
PETER JACKSON AND NEW LINE CINEMA JOIN WITH MGM TO PRODUCE "THE HOBBIT"
PC World:
Apple TV Leads Internet Video Delivery Market
Discussion: WebProNews
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
TorrentSpy loses Calif. copyright lawsuit
Discussion: Ars Technica
Tom Lee / Techdirt:
The Language Indicator: If You Want To Stay On Top Of Technology …
One Microsoft Way:
Patch Tuesday security update causes problems with IE for some
Discussion: Computerworld, Compiler and WinBeta
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Ex-Jane Editor Lands at Yahoo
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
Google Toolbar Dialog Spoofing Vulnerability
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Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Visualize Social Networks with IBM's Atlas
Discussion: InfoWorld
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
BBC chief: Better than Microsoft for innovation
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell's Latitude XT tablet now available
USA Today:
'Guitar Hero,' 'Rock Band' strum up big sales
Discussion: Things That
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
Ask 37signals: 10 ways to "get ink"
Louis Hau / Forbes:
McClatchy's Fall From Grace
Yiwyn / Techland:
Google's Checkout perks paying off
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