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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Predicts Fastest-Ever Adoption of New Office Software  —  Microsoft Corp. expects customers to adopt the new version of Office at the fastest pace in the software's 20-year history, helping reverse a sales slump and fend off competition from Google Inc.'s Web-based programs.
Discussion: TG Daily, CNET News and Fudzilla
BBC:
Microsoft Office 2010 takes aim at Google Docs  —  Microsoft is preparing to launch its latest weapon in its ongoing battle with Google.  —  The software giant will launch its flagship product Office 2010 to businesses on 12 May.  —  The latest version of the software has a free online component - called Office Web Apps.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Forrester: Google still a distant Office competitor  —  For all the noise about — and from — Google giving Microsoft a run for its money in the office/productivity market, the reality is rather different, according to Forrester Research.  —  New Forrester data, released on May 11 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Office Mobile 2010 released, free upgrade for WinMo 6.5 users
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Live-Blogging Microsoft's Office 2010 Launch
Discussion: Seattle Times
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Next generation iPhone unscrewed from Vietnam (update: video!)  —  The kids at Taoviet have really outdone themselves.  From the looks of these images, the Vietnamese site has nabbed an honest to goodness 4th generation iPhone — a 16GB model to be exact.  It's clearly pre-production judging …
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Gmail Blog:
Drag images into messages  —  Recently, we launched a feature that allows you to drag an attachment from your computer right onto Gmail.  —  I've always been a fan of the inserting image lab, so I naturally wondered if it would be possible to combine the two.
Alex Payne / Why Microsoft:
Google Docs does not make Office better  —  Hi, I'm Alex Payne and I'm a Director in our Online Product Management team.  A couple of news articles and blogs landed today where Google is trying to make the case that existing Office customers (and there are over 500 Million of them worldwide) …
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Niraj Sheth / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon, Google Developing iPad Rival  —  Verizon Wireless is working with Google Inc. on a tablet computer, the carrier's chief executive, Lowell McAdam, said Tuesday, as the company endeavors to catch up with iPad host AT&T Inc. in devices that connect to wireless networks.
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Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
Will HTC make the rumored Verizon Android tablet?
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The Big Game, Zuckerberg and Overplaying your Hand  —  Important TechCrunch50 Message: At the bottom  —  Rights: Please do not post on the web (it's dead)  —  Last Wednesday, 10AM, Las Vegas.  —  The South Point Hotel and Casino, a couple of miles off the strip.  The
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
EXCLUSIVE: AndroidPolice.com's Nexus One Is Running Android 2.2 Froyo.  How Fast Is It Compared To 2.1?  Oh, Only About 450% Faster  —  Folks, we have a Nexus One.  We also have Froyo.  In fact, we have the two mixed together in the most delicious frozen-yogurty Android 2.2 kind of way you can imagine.
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Eric / Erictric:
Android 2.2 Froyo Nearly 5 Times Faster Than Android 2.1
Discussion: Fonehome.co.uk and Android Police
John Provine / The Official Google Blog:
Understanding the web to find short answers and “something different”  —  One year ago today we announced Google Squared in Labs, an early attempt to find and extract structured data from across the web, such as a detailed table of [dog breeds] or [broadway shows].
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and TidBITS
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
Creating a Network Like Facebook, Only Private  —  How angry is the world at Facebook for devouring every morsel of personal information we are willing to feed it?  —  A few months back, four geeky college students, living on pizza in a computer lab downtown on Mercer Street …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
‘HURT LOCKER’ PRODUCERS ABOUT TO SUE AN ARMY OF PIRATES  —  EXCLUSIVE: The war against movie piracy is getting downright explosive.  We've learned that the producers of the Oscar-winning “The Hurt Locker” are preparing a massive lawsuit against thousands of individuals who pirated the film online.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg's Biggest Problem Is Its Users And Their Constant Opinions On Things  —  There's a saying I love: “a camel is a horse designed by committee.”  A variation is “a volvo is a porsche designed by committee.”  Some of the best product advice I've ever heard goes something like “damn what the users want, charge towards your dream.”
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Ticketfly raises $3M to challenge Ticketmaster  —  Ticketfly, a startup that allows concert promoters to sell tickets and promote their events on social networking services, just raised $3 million in a first round of funding.  —  The San Francisco company's cofounders and co-chief executives …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Yahoo! to open source floating Google-Amazon crossbreed  —  Our cloud is your cloud  —  Early next year, Yahoo! intends to open source its internal “cloud serving” platform, described as something halfway between Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and Google's App Engine.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Network World
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Game Maker Ngmoco Acquires Another iPhone Game Developer, Stumptown Game Machine (AAPL, ERTS)  —  iPhone game developer Ngmoco has acquired fellow gaming company Stumptown Game Machine.  —  The two developers have already been collaborating on the successful “Touch Pets Dogs” …
Discussion: paidContent and silicontap.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With smarter chips, TVs and other gadgets have become computers  —  As TVs become connected to the web, they're undergoing a transformation.  They can display web pages on the screen.  But that's just the change on the outside.  On the inside, they're becoming computers.
Discussion: Electronista
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Shopping App for iPad  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced its Amazon App for iPad is now available on the App Store.  Optimized for the iPad, the app lets users search and discover products offered by Amazon and thousands of other retailers …
Discussion: TechFlash and TechCrunch
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Sharp unveils first 3D high-definition camera for mobile devices  —  Sharp has turned up the heat when it comes to 3D technology, with the introduction of the world's first 3D camera module for mobile devices.  —  The unnamed Sharp device is ready to be attached to mobile devices …
 
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