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2:15 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.
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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
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.
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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: CNET News.com, TechCrunch and Engadget
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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.
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: Slashdot
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
How Google Tests Results Quality
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
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.
USA Today:
'Guitar Hero,' 'Rock Band' strum up big sales  —  A battle of the bands is at center stage this holiday season.  —  The opening act, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, has been a tough ticket at retailers in all versions (Xbox, Wii, PS2 and PS3, about $50, or about $100 with controller) since its release in late October.
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Sprint:
Sprint Nextel Names Wireless Veteran Dan Hesse as President and CEO  —  The Sprint Nextel Board of Directors has named wireless industry veteran Daniel R. Hesse, 54, as president and chief executive officer of the company, effective immediately.  He previously was chairman, president and CEO of Embarq Corporation.
Virtual Earth:
Live Search for Mobile Updated  —  The browser-based local search and mapping site for mobile has been updated with a bunch of new features. point the browser on your mobile to http://m.live.com/ to try it out.  Enhancements include:  — 1-click directions for all businesses and street addresses in U.S.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and LiveSide
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
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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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BBC:
Power politics  —  Internet law professor Michael Geist looks …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell's Latitude XT tablet now available
Discussion: Electronista
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Zipit Wi-Fi device adds text messaging
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
Ask 37signals: 10 ways to "get ink"
Louis Hau / Forbes:
McClatchy's Fall From Grace
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Dutch regulator slaps spyware purveyors with €1m fine
Discussion: TechSpot News
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Don't DVR Owners Skip Commercials?
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Clients Push for Web Upfront Sales
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Shea Drefs / Arizona Republic:
Higley schools mull Google partnership
BBC:
Tech giants form tiny chip group
Discussion: TechSpot News
Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
SugarCRM 5.0 Now Available  —  SugarCRM has announced the GA version of Sugar 5.0.
Discussion: Open Source
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Web 2.0 Can Be Dangerous...
Yiwyn / Techland:
Google's Checkout perks paying off
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Getting Millions Of People Listening To Your Music, With Many Giving …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Facebook whales: 800 is 'too many friends'
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