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8:05 AM ET, March 21, 2006

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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 …
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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.
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.
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Google unleashes Google Finance  —  We broke the news last August that Google Finance was coming.  Well here it is: http://finance.google.com  —  Here are excerpts from our story tomorrow.  The site provides stock charts, news and chat rooms.  It makes several improvements on the most popular finance site on the Web, Yahoo Finance.
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.
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The Internet Stock Blog:
Google Finance Launches (GOOG, MORN, TSCM, YHOO)  —  After much speculation, Google (GOOG) this morning launched Google Finance.  Google Finance differs from Yahoo Finance in three crucial respects: first, it attempts to present most information about a stock on a single page.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Finance Disappoints
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google to roll out its own Finance site
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Mike / CrunchNotes:
So I had lunch with Bill Gates Today  —  Robert Scoble gave me a huge present today (he writes about it here) - lunch with Bill Gates at Mix 06.  All Robert told me (and two others - Albert Lai and Lynda Weinman) was to show up at a certain room at noon for a cool lunch.
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Albert / Simply Albert:
My Lunch with Bill Gates at Mix06  —  Thanks to Robert Scoble (as blogged about here), I had a great (free!) steak lunch today.  Even better, I was joined by some very smart company, including Michael Arrington, Lynda Weinman, and of course, Bill Gates.  —  I'm still at the Mix06 conference …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Power Lunch  —  Damn, never had a lunch like I just had before.  Michael Arrington of TechCrunch talking with Bill Gates.  Also at the lunch was Lynda Weinman, founder of Lynda.com and Albert Lai, founder of Bubbleshare.com.  I asked Bill about when he was gonna give people at the edges …
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.
IEBlog:
New IE7 Build Available from MIX06!  —  Today is the first day of the MIX06 conference.  Internet Explorer team members are presenting this week on much of the work we've done for IE7.  As part of the conference, we're handing out the "Internet Explorer 7 Readiness Toolkit" on CD.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google News dumps partner after prank item appears  —  Google's news service has cut ties with a press release aggregator after the partnership led Google News to link to a fake item written by a teenager who said he'd been hired by the search giant.  —  On March 10, Thomas Vendetta …
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Links & Comment:
Blogs: threat or menace?  —  I attended a very strange panel talk tonight at the Berkeley CyberSalon on the topic of elitism in media and blogging.  Veteran New York Times tech reporter John Markoff was on the panel, along with Steve Gillmor; two of the founders of BlogHer …
Teresa F. Lindeman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Want to get to the top on Yahoo! searches?  Start bidding  —  Companies bid for the prime spots on your monitor  —  Online lending company eloan.com recently offered to pay Yahoo! as much as $5.33 every time someone searching for the term "Pittsburgh mortgage" clicked on its Web link.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The issue is not just "To Deal or Not to Deal," but rather how many shots you take.  —  Great post from VC Dave Hornick today about thetrend of selling companies earlier in their lifespan.  Dave breaks down the risk/reward thinking that entrepreneurs facewhen someone comes knocking in the first two years of a companies life.
 
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