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10:00 AM 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.
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").
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 …
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Google Calendar Almost There
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 …
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Google Local to Be Lead by Classified Ventures Exec  —  Sam Sebastian, a longtime veteran of Classified Ventures' Homescape real estate vertical, is the new head of Google Local.  In the new position, Sebastian might build bridges to newspapers.  But he also poses something of a threat …
Matt / Photo Matt:
A Little Funding  —  The best thing that can ever happen to a web service is to have passionate users.  Users that notice and email you the second there's a database problem, users that really push the limits of what you can provide, and users that are phenomally successful and bring thousands of others to your doors.
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.
Discussion: Kevin 2.0 and GottaBeMobile.com
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Phony kids, virtual sex  —  In the increasingly popular, adults-only virtual world called "Second Life," a player can pretend to be a bear, an elf or just about anything else he or she imagines.  —  But even in the open-minded "Second Life" community, what people consider to be acceptable may have its limits.
Discussion: Clickable Culture and VTOR
The Age:
Nokia municipal council to ditch landlines  —  The Finnish town of Nokia, left in the shadow of its more famous namesake company, is going mobile.  —  Nokia's municipal workers will be given mobile handsets to replace their landline phones in a move aimed at improving communication, officials said.
Discussion: textually.org
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Google patent points to voice search  —  A recently published patent provides further evidence that Google is developing a voice-activated search engine.  —  Patent No. 7027987, of which Google is the assignee, concerns "a voice interface for search engines.
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch
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Angelo Embuldeniya / Within Google's World:
Voice Interface for a Search Engine - Patent Won!
mobiletechnews.com:
Citywide WiFi comes to Portland  —  Portland — MetroFi, the leader in designing, building and operating free citywide Wi-Fi networks, announced today it has been selected by the City of Portland, the 28th largest city in the United States, to deliver and operate a citywide Wi-Fi network …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The problem with unlimited on demand video  —  There is one certainty in the TV industry.  That programmers are going to be wrong 95 pct of the time.  Lost, Desperate Housewives, American Idol had all been passed on by networks.  Other shows have been cancelled on one network, prospered on another.
Discussion: 1000 Flowers Bloom
Tanya Palta / MobileWhack.com:
The Switch Back Handset For Teens  —  Kyocera Wireless and Virgin Mobile have just announced a mobile phone designed exclusively for the teenagers.  The Switch_Back handset by Kyocera has features which will appeal to today's' tech savvy youth like dedicated text messaging keys, a camera …
Discussion: Gizmodo and textually.org
 
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Alistair Barr / MarketWatch:
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The Consumerist:
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Gabriel Stricker / Business Week:
Google Organizes the Globe
Nick / Rough Type:
Is Web 2.0 enterprise-ready?  —  Over the years, big companies …
Preston Gralla / Networking Pipeline:
Google, eBay And Amazon To AT&T: We'll Build Our Own Network
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Mike / Techdirt:
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Discussion: MobHappy, Gizmodo and GigaOM
Jlewin / Podcasting News:
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Discussion: Newsome.Org