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4:20 AM ET, March 10, 2006

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Jen Mazzon / Official Google Blog:
Writely so  —  For the last five months, I've been part of a Silicon Valley startup called Upstartle, which makes Writely, a collaborative word processor that runs in a web browser.  Well, as of Monday, I'm happy to say that I, and the rest of the Writely team, are now part of Google.
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Claudia / Writely Blog:
Google?  Yep, Google!  —  Some of you have been worried about our future here at Writely.  As one concerned user wrote: … We appreciate the sentiment, and all the support we've gotten from our users, but thankfully, your donations won't be necessary, for one very exciting reason:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Writely Confirms Google Acquisition  —  So much for the rumor, the aquisition of Writely by Google has now been confirmed on both the Writely blog and by Google.  Congratulations to the Writely team.  —  This signals two things: a confirmation of Google's desire to hit Microsoft hard …
Phil Sim / Squash:
Google/Writely points to online/offline future  —  UPDATE: I've just woken up to find the Google/Writely thing was on the money.  —  The Great Om reckons there's a rumour floating around about Google buying Writely.I've got some thoughts (surprise, surprise)...
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
American Airlines subpoenas Google, YouTube  —  update American Airlines is demanding that Google and video-sharing site YouTube reveal the name of the person who posted a portion of one of the airline's training videos on their Web sites.  —  Someone uploaded part of a video used …
Discussion: Techdirt
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Derek Slater / Electronic Frontier Foundation:   DMCA Subpoena Provision Still Endangers Privacy
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Windows Live Search review  —  The technology behind the new Windows Live Search was unveiled to me and around 50 other external people at Microsoft Search Champs back in January.  It was probably the product that most impressed the attendees, particularly the whizzy new image search.
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Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
WINDOWS LIVE TOO SLOW?
Jensenh / Jensen Harris:
Picture This: A New Look For Office  —  This morning at the CeBIT conference in Germany, we revealed the new visuals for the Office 2007 user interface.  —  You can see a few screenshots of the new look on the Office 2007 UI Preview Site.  If you've got a craving to see even more …
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Amazon Considering Downloads  —  Amazon.com is in talks with three Hollywood studios about starting a service that would allow consumers to download movies and TV shows for a fee and burn them onto DVD's, according to three people briefed on the discussions.
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Porn Biller Says It Was Framed  —  Online payment company iBill on Thursday said a massive cache of stolen consumer data uncovered by security experts did not come from its database.  —  "I'm the first person that would have taken this to the FBI and the first person to have gone on 60 Minutes …
Dustin / Team Blog:
Microsoft Touch Pack...What's That?  —  Today at CeBIT, Microsoft, Intel and Samsung announced their commitment to developing a product category called Ultra-Mobile PC, UMPC for short.  In truth, this category has existed for some time but not with any real focus by Microsoft or Intel.
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Dan Warne / apcmag.com:
Microsoft bombshell: no EFI support for Vista  —  Microsoft revealed today that it will not support EFI booting for Windows Vista on its launch.  The news will be a shock for owners of Intel Macs who had hoped they would be able to dual-boot between Windows Vista and OS X. Intel Macs only support booting via EFI.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Jack Trout Fishes for a Hook  —  File this under man bites dog.  Marcom guru Jack Trout is throwing a big dark cloud over word-of-mouth marketing (including blogging) because there's no way to control it.  What's worse, he's urging folks to just advertise instead.  —  I think Jack Trout is fishing for a hook for his column.
New Scientist:
Long-distance lovers can still drink together  — Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition  —  Could glowing, Wi-Fi wine glasses let people in long-distance relationships feel more in touch with their other half?  Don't scoff: researchers in Boston at MIT's Media Lab - that citadel of outside-the-box thinking - believe so.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Nik Cubrilovic:
Introducing 2web - A Group of Australian Entrepreneurs and Bloggers  —  When I first met Ben Barren some month ago a large part of our first conversation was talking about who else we knew who was active in the Australian blogging and Web 2. scene, as before we met we were both feeling …
Christopher Carfi / The Social Customer Manifesto:
On The Conference Thing: Etech, SXSW, Unconferences and Monocultures  —  It's the idea that just keeps on giving.  It's been brought up before.  It'll be brought up again.  And this week is going to be an interesting study in contrasts.  —  "I can't think of a conference that is more insider …
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
District to Seek Wireless Internet That Aids Poor  —  The D.C. government is preparing to ask companies to bid on building a wireless Internet system through much of the city, including free service for low-income residents.  —  But unlike other municipalities such as Philadelphia …
Guardian:
Give us back our crown jewels  —  Our taxes fund the collection of public data - yet we pay again to access it.  Make the data freely available to stimulate innovation, argue Charles Arthur and Michael Cross  —  Imagine you had bought this newspaper for a friend.
Discussion: Neowin.net
 
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