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11:50 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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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.
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.
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
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google to roll out its own Finance site  —  Google was set to launch on Tuesday a beta test version of Google Finance, a Web site aggregating information about public and private companies and mutual funds that features an interactive chart correlating news and other events with stock price spikes and falls.
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.
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.
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.
Mr Wavetheory / Mr Wave Theory:
Google Finance Shows that Google is No Longer An Innovator
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Finance - Lots of Flash & Ajax
The Internet Stock Blog:
Google Finance: Reactions From Finance Bloggers
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Phil Jones / Platform Wars:
Dave Bonaparte  —  He he!  I get some link-love from Dave Winer.  There goes my credibility ;-)  —  Actually, I am a trifle embarrassed, because I've just finished writing a response to something Danny said, where I've been, generally, complimentary of Dave.  So now this is gonna look like reciprocation.
Discussion: Scripting News
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Gates looks to expand view beyond Windows  —  update LAS VEGAS—Microsoft has long viewed the software world through Windows.  Now, it's hoping to prove that it understands the growing popularity of Web technologies beyond its own operating system.  —  Chairman Bill Gates on Monday delivered …
Discussion: Bink.nu and TechBlog
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Nate Mook / betanews.com:
Microsoft Kicks Off MIX 06 with 'Atlas'
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
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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
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.
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.
Jenstar / JenSense:
Complete rundown of the Yahoo Publisher Network Terms & Conditions changes  —  Well, this is the first time that Yahoo! Publisher Network has updated their terms and conditions since the YPN launch, and as I have done with Google AdSense, I will be doing detailed breakdowns of all the YPN changes as well.
David M Johnson / Blogging Roller:
FeedsManager.Bastardize()*  —  OK, I've got the latest IE7 build, the one Microsoft is handing out at MIX06.  It took me a bit longer than I had expected to change my examples to compile with the new Feeds API included in the new build.  They changed the Feeds namespace to Microsoft.Feeds.Interop …
Discussion: IEBlog and Scripting News
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 …
Discussion: TechBlog
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.
 
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