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3:10 PM ET, March 21, 2006

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Finance Disappoints  —  The much awaited launch of Google Finance service finally happened - in beta of course.  And in one word, it is simply disappointing.  Its like watching Al Pacino in a stinker like Two for the money.  Tony Montana was so long ago!  —  But back to Google Finance.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
NEWS: GOOGLE.PORTAL.FINANCE LAUNCHES  —  (image credit) It may not be live for a bit, but I just got off the phone with the product manager for Google Finance.  Today the site is finally launching.  The UK sites already have the story.  A few thoughts.  —  First, this marks a rolling shift …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
First Thoughts on Google Finance: All Whiz, No Bang  —  Google has finally launched Google Finance, its Yahoo Finance slayer.  While it's nice to see Yahoo Finance get some more competition, so far there is little here (yet) to cause a cross-service stampede.
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Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Google Finance: Nice charts, but users won't switch quickly  —  Google Finance launched tonight - I had a sneak peak from Google last week and got a chance to play with it a bit after it went live tonight.  I also had a chance to speak with a Yahoo! spokesperson after the Google site launched and was able to get their reaction.
Discussion: The Blog Herald and Blogspotting
Search Engine Watch:
Google Launches Google Finance  —  At long last, Google has launched its own Google Finance service.  For years, those seeking specialty financial information via Google have been sent to competitors such as Yahoo and MSN.  Now Google's providing financial information directly to its own users.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Finance - Lots of Flash & Ajax  —  The rumor is that Google internally tested Google Finance through two full versions before releasing it today, and the extra attention shows.  This is a great looking product overall.  And they've taken things at least a step further than Yahoo Finance in its current form.
Discussion: Digital Backcountry
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Offers Search Service on Finance  —  SAN FRANCISCO, March 20 — Harnessing yet another data category to its search-engine prowess, Google is introducing a financial information service intended to compete directly with offerings from Microsoft, Yahoo and other sources, Google executives said Monday.
Chris Kraeuter / Forbes:
Google Rolls Out Finance Site  —  Google has launched a long-awaited financial news site, which will compete directly with significant Web traffic generators for Yahoo! and Microsoft's MSN unit.  —  Google's (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) site, finance.google.com, will compile news …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Google unleashes Google Finance
Mr Wavetheory / Mr Wave Theory:
Google Finance Shows that Google is No Longer An Innovator
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Official Google Blog:
Spring is the season for love (and data)
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Seán Byrne / cdfreaks.com:
Starforce enforces DRM by instant reboot (without warning)  —  Despite all the problems DRM has been causing lately, it seems like companies involved in copy protection just keep trying to create more dangerous copy protections.  Originally, they were more of a nuisance causing compatibility issues, installing wanted software, etc.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Engadget
Lisa Stone / Surfette:
Cybersalon: I'll always be both Daddy's and Mommy's girl  —  Tonight I'm part of a Berkeley Cybersalon panel that will be asked some bald questions about so-called "big media," blogging and the role of elitism.  (Dave Winer quotes Sylvia Paull's email invitation here, including address, nibbles and accessibility to all.)
Diane Mermigas / Hollywood Reporter:
Social network sites can be a tangled Web  —  CHICAGO — Media players are hustling to find ways to make money from the social-networking phenomenon at the same time they are struggling to understand how it is transforming their business.  —  Unlike anything else in an increasingly personalized …
Discussion: The Kelsey Group Blog
Will Wright / Wired News:
Dream Machines  —  The human imagination is an amazing thing.  As children, we spend much of our time in imaginary worlds, substituting toys and make-believe for the real surroundings that we are just beginning to explore and understand.  As we play, we learn.  And as we grow, our play gets more complicated.
Mike Langberg / Mercury News:
Page's brother uses tactic with tainted history  —  Carl Page became an Internet success story before his younger brother, billionaire Google co-founder Larry Page.  —  Which makes it surprising that Carl Page and his colleagues have just raised money for their newest company with a financing tactic tainted by a long history of scams.
microsoft.com:
Microsoft Announces Xbox 360 Inventory Surge and Spring Games Lineup  —  Xbox Live on Xbox 360 speeds past 10 million downloads.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — March 21, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the broader availability of Xbox 360™ consoles and provided details about the new games …
Techie Diva / Techie Diva's Guide to Gadgets ღ:
Electrically Heated Undershirts  —  Winter chills are unbearable, especially if have to endure them after a nice warm shower in the morning.  I don't know anyone who admits to loving cold weather, although I suspect there is such a person out there.  For thin-skinned folks like me that wear three layers …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Become a Gmail master  —  Gmail is hands-down the best web-based email service on the 'net.  Conversation threads, search, tagging, and keyboard shortcuts have completely revolutionized the way I look at my inbox.  I manage all of my email from my personal Gmail inbox, including the daily flood of Lifehacker messages.
 
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