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3:45 PM ET, October 28, 2008

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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Office Comes to the Browser (Finally)  —  Microsoft announced this morning at its PDC conference that the next release of Microsoft Office will include browser-based versions of some of its main office software products - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft to Extend Office to the Browser  —  Q&A: Microsoft Senior Vice President Chris Capossela discusses how extending Office applications to the browser will increase choice and flexibility for customers.  —  As part of a strategic companywide shift toward embracing web-based solutions …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to ‘webify’ Office (sort of)
Discussion: Technologizer
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Office Goes to the Web
Discussion: TechFlash and eWeek
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
First look at Windows 7's User Interface  —  At PDC today, Microsoft gave the first public demonstration of Windows 7.  Until now, the company has been uncharacteristically secretive about its new OS; over the past few months MS has let on that the taskbar will undergo a number of changes …
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Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
PDC: Windows 7 on tap  —  LOS ANGELES — It's Day 2 of Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference and the next version of the company's flagship operating system software, Windows 7, is on tap.  —  Steven Sinofsky, senior vice president of Windows and Windows Live engineering …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Delivers Pre-Beta Release of Windows 7 to Developers …
Discussion: VentureBeat and I4U News
The Official Google Blog:
New chapter for Google Book Search  —  Google was built on the principle of making the world's information more accessible and useful.  Before the company was even founded, Larry and Sergey imagined a way to make it easier for anyone, anywhere, to access the information held within the world's books.
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InfoWorld:
Google settles copyright lawsuits with publishers, authors
CNN:
Wal-Mart To Sell Google's G1 Phones At Discount Starting Wed  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Wal-Mart Inc. (WMT) will start selling the G1 phone at a discounted price starting Wednesday, a Wal-Mart spokesman confirmed Monday night.  —  Wal-Mart will carry the Google Inc. (GOOG) G1 phone …
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
AdaptiveBlue takes a fresh tack with Glue, a semantic social network  —  AdaptiveBlue's latest version of its browser plug-in is a complete revamp of its BlueOrganizer product.  Now called Glue, it aims to synthesize semantic technology that connects information about books, music …
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Fred / A VC:
Glue: A Social Net That Lives In Your Browser
Discussion: CenterNetworks and BlueBlog
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Set Common Voice Abroad  —  Principles Aim to Define Conduct With Nations That Restrict Speech, Lack Privacy Protections and Censor Search Results  —  Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. will announce Tuesday that they have agreed to a common set of principles …
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Shakeout Threatens to Thin Out Web-Ad Brokers  —  As the Economy Sours and Venture Funding Grows Scarcer, Some Networks Have Begun to Exit a Crowded Niche on the Internet  —  More than 300 online-ad networks have cropped up over the past couple of years, making the business of brokering ads …
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
NuConomy: Next-gen web analytics  —  Web analytics is an increasingly important metric for web publishers.  It used to just be about tracking how many visitors you get and how many pages they view.  Technology has improved so that you can now track site entry points, popular keywords …
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch, Profy and Mashable!
Ira Teinowitz / TVWeek.com:
Parton Adds Voice to Argument Over White Space  —  Dolly Parton has stepped into the battle at the Federal Communications Commission over whether the agency should act now to begin allowing the marketing of devices that use the white space between digital TV channels.
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:   Dolly Parton Hates White Space Broadband …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Seeking to Increase Participation in App Store Ratings?  —  iPhoneHellas.gr has published a screenshot from the latest iPhone 2.2 Beta 2 which reveals that Apple may be seeking to increase customer participation in reviewing iPhone and iPod Touch Apps.
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Electronista:
Rogers sells 255,000 iPhones, hurts rivals  —  Rogers today reported a large leap in its results for the summer quarter that were highlighted by the Canadian launch of the iPhone 3G.  The telecoms company sold and activated a total of 255,000 iPhones between the device's July 11th launch …
GamesIndustry.biz:
Avalanche prepares to lay off 77 staff  —  Avalanche Studios has confirmed that it is preparing to lay off 77 of its 160 staff due to losing two publishing contracts this year, worth around USD 34 million (EUR 27.2 million).  —  The studio is currently in negotiations with unions to let the staff …
Discussion: CNET News, HipMojo.com and Joystiq
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ten Comments You Think Are Cool And Insightful But Aren't  —  Comments are the lifeblood of TechCrunch, and we love 'em.  But we also get our share of the freaks, conspiracy theorists and jerks out there who have something to say and believe they have a constitutional or God given right to say it, right here.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Google is oddly silent about Grand Central  —  Google is being very quiet about Grand Central, the virtual phone service it acquired in July 2007 but hasn't really done anything with since.  In my opinion, Grand Central is already a good service.  There are a few features I'd like to see added but …
Discussion: FierceVoIP
Miguel Bustillo / Wall Street Journal:
Retailers Slash Blu-Ray Player Prices  —  Electronics manufacturers and retail chains are slashing prices of Blu-ray players in a bid to boost adoption of the high-definition movie format, which has yet to catch on with American consumers.  —  Entry-level Blu-ray players have dropped …
Chris Crum / WebProNews:
MTV Offering...Music Videos?  —  Launches On Demand Music Video Site  —  With the launch of a single site, MTV has apparently put my biggest knock against the network to bed.  That's the lack of music videos of course.  —  Many of you probably remember an era where MTV showed nothing but music videos.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blip.tv Figures Out How To Serve Ads In iTunes Videos  —  For most people, watching Web video is predominantly a streamed experience on their computers.  But an important and substantial portion of Web video is still downloaded to be watched later, or transferred to a different screen (usually an iPod, but sometimes a flat-screen TV).
Discussion: MediaMemo and Beet.TV
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's Green Agenda Could Pay Off  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google, the Internet search and advertising giant, is increasingly looking to the energy sector as a potential business opportunity.  —  From its beginning, the company has invested millions of dollars in making its own power-hungry data centers more efficient.
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Real Estate Crashes In Second Life, Too: Linden Lab's Bailout Plan  —  Linden Lab's new-ish CEO Mark Kingdon has been fond of telling reporters “there's no credit crunch in Second Life.”  We'll see about that.  Last night Linden announced it was jacking the prices on its “Openspaces” …
BoomTown:
The Deal Dance: AOL and Yahoo (and even Google and Microsoft) Continue to Waltz  —  So-at this point-BoomTown feels it is not untoward in asking: What the heck is taking so long for Yahoo and AOL to decide whether or not to merge their struggling operations?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
A lesson for bloggers: go to the source or look like a fool
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft, Yahoo team up against lottery hoax e-mails
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Mystery RC29 update hits T-Mobile's G1
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sirius XM: Is The Company's Equity Worth Anything? …
Emily Steel / Business Technology:
AOL Ditches Its Own Video Player for Brightcove
Discussion: Beet.TV and TechCrunch
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Playfish Gets $17 Million More For Social Games
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SlideRocket's Impressive Online Presentation App Hits General Release
David Kravets / Threat Level:
10 Years Later, Misunderstood DMCA is the Law That Saved the Web
Discussion: TeleRead