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8:05 PM ET, April 13, 2006

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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.
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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 …
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.
Carl Sjogreen / Official Google Blog:
It's about time  —  We're all busy people.  Whether it's work …
Discussion: MobHappy
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:   AND WE THOUGHT IT WOULD NEVER COME
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Review: Google Calendar
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google unveils Web-based calendar app
google.com:
Share your events with an individual, a group, or the whole world
Discussion: TechBlog
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Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Annual Buying Guide: How to Ensure New PC Can Use Windows Vista  —  It's a confusing time for computer buyers, and that makes this annual spring buyer's guide to desktop computers harder to write than usual.  Microsoft's Windows XP operating system is in its last months of primacy …
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Valleywag:
Mark Cuban bails from IceRocket
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Vcmike / Mike's Blog:
Why Polaris is Backing Automattic  —  We just announced leading a small round of funding with Automattic, a San Francisco based startup whose team is most known for its leading role in creating the open source personal publishing (ie, blog) platform WordPress, blog spam blocker Akismet, and blog pinging service Ping-o-Matic.
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Joe / Techdirt:
Yesterday, Beatles Downloads Seemed So Far Away  —  A good percentage of online music buyers have probably, at some point, tried downloading a Beatles song, only to be informed that none were available.  The band has been notably absent from the online music revolution, refusing to let their songs appear on various services.
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Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
As Apple retools new video iPod, release rolls back  —  April 13, 2006 - The roll-out of Apple's forthcoming video iPod has been delayed substantially after the company encountered problems with the display and touch-screen interface, Think Secret has learned.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
AOL charged with blocking opponents' e-mail  —  update America Online on Wednesday apparently began blocking e-mail on its servers containing the Web address of a petition against the company's upcoming certified-mail program, an issue the company called a "glitch."
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 …
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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 …
Washington Post:
Terrorists' Web Chatter Shows Concern About Internet Privacy  —  Groups Advise Members on Anonymity, Avoiding Intercepts  —  Terrorist groups, which for years have used the Internet and its various tools to organize and communicate, are paying more attention to addressing security …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are Domains The New Black?  —  Every so often, you run into some entrepreneur and that one thing he (its mostly he) who laments about: lack of available domain names.  Which means people use dyslexic spellings of popular words, or even translate words from other languages and then Valleywag gets a chance to make fun of them.
Discussion: MarketWatch
gadgets.qj.net:
Wall-O-Monitors project — twelve 30-inch flatscreens mounted  —  When friend of QJ.NET "Crazy Jon" called us up and told us about a project he was working on, we didn't believe it at first.  But when we got to his house, sure enough — twelve 30-inch Dell flatscreen monitors are sitting in his office …
Discussion: Engadget
Lloyd Frink President / Zillow Blog:
Zillow homes in 3D  —  This is an exciting day for us at Zillow, as we announced this morning the addition of 3D-like, "birds-eye" aerial photos to our beta site.  These remarkably clear and detailed images, shown alongside home details and Zestimates, come from Microsoft's Virtual Earth platform.
 
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