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Sun and Google Expand Technology Reach And Global Opportunity  —  Multi-year, Strategic Agreement Promotes Java Technology and Google Toolbar  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF., - October 4, 2005 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Google Inc. today announced an agreement to promote and distribute …
Dana Gardner / ZDNet:
Google takes a leisurely stroll through Sun's pantry of goods  —  Open Source Software Infrastructure Hardware Infrastructure Web Technology  —  I can see it now.  Google honcho Eric Schmidt decides to stretch his legs and venture down from Olympus to do some window shopping at his former employer, Sun Microsystems.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Sun, Google in software distribution pact  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (Reuters) - Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq:SUNW - news) and Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG - news) on Tuesday said they agreed to a multiyear pact for Google to promote Sun's software technologies in what amounts to a direct challenge …
Discussion: Traffick
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Google, Sun plan partnership  —  Sun Microsystems and Google plan to announce a collaborative effort that some analysts speculate could elevate the profile of the and Java software packages.  —  Details won't emerge publicly until Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Sun CEO Scott McNealy …
USA Today:
Google, Sun Microsystems collaborate
Matthew Fordahl /   Google, Sun Challenge Microsoft's Office
Frederico Oliveira / TechCrunch:
Ning launches!  —  Ning, also known as the official name for 24 Hour Laundry's project, just launched.  I actually had to keep myself from posting early because I was excited about it.  Now that I got the word from them with the approval to post, here goes the unveiling.
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
Ning, the real 24 Hour Laundry  —  The much talked about 24 Hour Laundry has come out from under the covers as Ning.  This is Marc Andressen's latest and has some seriously smart people working for the company.  What they have done is developed a meta app, a framework that allows folks …
Mike / Techdirt:   Build Your Own Social Apps?
Greg Reinacker / Greg Reinacker's Weblog:
NewsGator acquires NetNewsWire  —  The rumors and stories this morning are true...NewsGator has acquired NetNewsWire.  Here's the press release, and a Q&A about the deal.  This is awesome news - we're all very excited about it!  —  The rationale here is similar to what I posted about the FeedDemon deal.
Discussion: Scripting News
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
Newsgator buying who?  NetNewsWire?  —  Richard asked about who is on the menu for Newsgator?  He has many guesses and one of them is right: Ranchero Software, the company behind Mac-a-licious RSS reader NetNewsWire.  Sources in Silicon Valley tell me that this deal is pretty much done …
Elizabeth Millard /
NewsGator Acquires NetNewsWire  —  RSS platform company NewsGator Technologies has acquired NetNewsWire, creator of a popular RSS reader for Mac OS X.  —  NewsGator already owns RSS aggregators on Outlook, Windows and Windows Media Center, as well as a Web service.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Google faces obstacles in S.F. Wi-Fi bid  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Google is the celebrity runner in San Francisco's race to become the first U.S. city with affordable or free wireless access to the Internet—but any such deal faces likely lawsuits or legislation, Mayor Gavin Newsom said Monday.
Discussion: IP Democracy and SiliconBeat
Bambi Francisco / MarketWatch:
Free WiFi equals targeted ads
Joris Evers / CNET
HP to ship Netscape browser on new PCs  —  update In a move that harks back to the browser wars, Hewlett-Packard plans to ship Netscape's Web browser on new consumer PCs and notebooks starting early next year.  —  The agreement, announced Monday, is the first browser distribution deal …
John Oates / The Register:
HP goes a bundle with Netscape
Steve Bass / PC World:
Search Sites Try to Give Instant Answers  —  Figuring out what keywords to use for a Web search has always been a challenge.  And once you get your results, you have to guess which link will have the answer to your question.  Wouldn't it be nice just to type in a regular question and get a direct answer?
Ingrid Marson / CNET
OpenDocument could 'turn everything inside out'  —  A Sun Microsystems executive says the OpenDocument format has the potential to change the world.  —  Tim Bray, the director of Web technologies at Sun, said at the conference in Slovenia late last week that the file format developed …
Discussion: MacInTouch and iBLOGthere4iM
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Monitor:
GOOGLE: IT'S NOT ABOUT SEARCH  —  These days, Google seems to be interested in just about everything—portals, search, VoIP, instant messaging, e-mail, photos, blogging, maps, topography, Wi-Fi and NASA, just for starters.  Google's eclectic interests must aggravate Microsoft's competitive analysis folks.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Scobleizer
Patrick Phillips /
John Battelle: 'Traditional Media Are Fearful of Google and Yahoo'  —  The co-founding editor of Wired and founder of The Industry Standard argues that print as the medium for news delivery is "passing."  That's why he's launching a blog service company.  —  John Battelle, a co-founder …

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