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2:35 PM ET, April 13, 2006

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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google unveils Web-based calendar app  —  Google on Thursday plans to unveil a much-anticipated, free Web-based calendar application that is expected to heat up the race with Yahoo and Microsoft.  —  The free Web-based Google Calendar, allows users to build online calendars …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Calendar is Live  —  Google Calendar has officially gone live at calendar.google.com.  A tour of Calendar is available here.  —  Dave Winer may have been the first to write about it on Scripting.com.  CNET also has a story.  —  My first impression - It's fast, slick and stable.
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Google Calendar Makes an Impressive Debut  —  Google has released its long-rumored calendar service, offering an appealing set of features that makes it easy to keep track of your own schedule and share calendars with others.  —  It's an impressive new service, though not without rough edges.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Calendar Almost There  —  Someone who is gotten spoilt by 30Boxes and Zimbra's calendaring application, Google Calendar is going to look pretty mundane.  However, for main stream users looking for a simple web-based calendar that is easy to use, Google Calendar, announced earlier today, seems to be quite capable.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Review: Google Calendar  —  Looks like Google Calendar is live: you can sign up here.  Remember my disclaimer: I'm speaking only for myself, not for Google on this post.  But it's live and other folks are talking about it, so let's take a look.  To try it out, I added the sessions that I'll …
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Google Calendar creates a platform for "time" applications  —  Like many working parents, I juggle multiple calendars - my work calendar, two kids, spouse, school, church, visiting relatives, and supposed, an exercise calendar.  So keeping track of all of the bits and pieces of my life …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Calendar Goes Live  —  Google Calendar is officially live now.  The service is very slow at the moment but worked for me (I'm not sure but I suppose everyone with a Google Account can get inside - though if you're unlucky, you'll get a "Calendar is unavailable right now, please try again in a few moments").
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
AND WE THOUGHT IT WOULD NEVER COME  —  Google Calendar is here.  Now, I don't want to go on a random walk, but it's time we called a spade a spade.  Google is a portal, plain and simple.  The company made its name, its brand, and its money on being one thing - a non judgmental service …
google.com:
Share your events with an individual, a group, or the whole world  —  If your website mentions events - including reservations, appointments and shows - Google Calendar can help you stay on people's radar.  You can let people quickly add single events from your site to their calendars …
Discussion: TechBlog
Nicole Si / BlogHer [beta]:
Google Calendar reveiled  —  The long anticipated Google Calendar has been started - but of what use can such a service be to you?  —  Much anticipated was the start of Google Calendar, because if we talk about social media tools for interaction and conversation, dates are a big part of it.
Carl Sjogreen / Official Google Blog:   It's about time  —  We're all busy people.  Whether it's work …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Google Calendar Beta
Business Wire:
Think Partnership Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire IceRocket.com, a Leading Blog Search Engine  —  NORTHBROOK, Ill.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 13, 2006—Think Partnership Inc. ("THK") (AMEX:THK - News); the Company) today announced that the Company has entered into a letter of intent to acquire IceRocket.com …
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Mark Cuban bails from IceRocket
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Vista won't show fancy side to pirates  —  Windows Vista plans to offer you spiffy new graphics, as long as you're not a pirate.  —  With the new operating system, Microsoft is offering plenty of new graphics tricks, including translucent windows, animated flips between open programs and …
Cisco Cheng / Gearlog:
Flashbag: Pumped Up USB Drive  —  I've seen a Memorex TravelDrive with a built-in LCD panel that tells you how much more space you have left.  But how about one that physically expands like a balloon as data gets stored?  The Flashbag is a USB drive with a built-in micro pump …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Samsung UMPC to ship worldwide 1 May  —  Samsung's upcoming ultra-mobile PC, the Q1, will be pricey enough when it hits the UK's shores, but buyers in the company's native land of South Korea will have to splash out even more if they want one.  According to local reports …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Things That
Barry J. Doyle / tabletpcreviewspot.com:
Toshiba Portege M400 Tablet PC w/ Core Duo - Our Full Review (pics, specs)  —  Toshiba Portege M400 Tablet PC - Speedy to the Core/s  —  There is some great news for Tablet PC users.  Strap on your rocket boots because the new Toshiba Portege M400 with Intel Core Duo technology is sure to take you for a flight.
 
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