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9:10 AM ET, June 7, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google to add Albums to Picasa!  And I Need to Vent  —  Google-love is getting out of hand.  In fact, Google is getting out of hand.  —  After I wrote about the launch of Google Spreadsheets this morning, one commenter said "Its very nice and sleak.  Will be very useful for keeping track of money etc" …
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Harry McCracken / PC World's Techlog:
Google Spreadsheets: Very Basic, Pretty Interesting  —  Google Spreadsheets is, indeed live—but not yet, alas, open to all comers.  Try to get in for the first time, and it'll let you get in a first-come-first-served queue; I did, and got in, and found that this service, which is a …
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Google Spreadsheet and Google's Microsoft Obsession
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Richard Wray / Guardian:   Google adds web-based spreadsheet to Microsoft woes
Washington Post:
Google Is A Tourist In D.C., Brin Finds  —  Dressed in blue jeans, silver mesh sneakers and a black T-shirt and jacket, Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin came to Washington yesterday to lobby members of Congress and found it was a little harder than he had hoped it would be to get meetings.
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Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
Brin says Google compromised principles  —  WASHINGTON - Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by accommodating Chinese censorship demands.  He said Google is wrestling to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
What Netflix Could Teach Hollywood  —  BETWEEN "The Godfather" and "The Godfather: Part II," Francis Ford Coppola made a movie called "The Conversation."  It stars Gene Hackman as a paranoid wiretapper in Watergate-era San Francisco, and the cast includes Robert Duvall, a young Harrison Ford …
Geoff Adams-Spink / BBC:
Blind inventor makes web accessible  —  Age & disability correspondent, BBC News website  —  A new device that will make internet content available to blind people without the need for computer skills is to be launched in a few months' time.  —  The SpeakOn gadget has been developed by Chris Mairs …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft vs. Google: Who's greener?  —  As Google and Microsoft battle for the hearts and minds of Internet users, a new question has cropped up: Which one can better save planet Earth?  —  Being portals and search engines, the companies are likely among the worst energy users …
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
The programmer as journalist: a Q&A with Adrian Holovaty  —  Washingtonpost.com's Web tech guru answers questions about programming's role in news reporting and presentation. … OJR: I think one can safely assume that everyone in the news business understands how one "does journalism" through writing or photography.
Discussion: Terry Heaton's Weblog
Tolles / Topix.net Weblog:
TOPIX.NET FOR SALE  —  On Saturday, Steve Rubell outed our Classified System, which we've been quietly baking on our local news pages for about a month.  While we still think it's a bit premature to crow about this, given that a classified system is only as good as the ads it gets …
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
UK grows i-mode fastest outside Japan  —  O2 claims i-mode raps WAP  —  HAVING ACQUIRED some 0.25 million subscribers in just seven months, O2 claims its UK service is the fastest growing i-mode service outside Japan.  —  It also claims that some 75 per cent of those subscribers (ie 200,000) …
Joshua Schachter / joshua's blog:
Spreadsheets are remarkably flexible things.  They are probably the single most common vector for "citizen programming" in the world at large, and they can easily do simple databaselike tasks, as well as their intended calculation roles.  That said, I find it surprising that Excel looks so very much like its ancient ancestor, Visicalc.
Discussion: GigaOM
Microsoft:
Microsoft Names Jeff Bell Corporate Vice President of Global Marketing, Interactive Entertainment Business  —  Award-winning marketer brings unique mix of consumer experience and innovation to Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — June 6, 2006 …
Jo Singstad / forbrukerportalen.no:
The Consumer Council of Norway is on track to win case against iTunes  —  The Consumer Council of Norway won support for almost all its complaints regarding iTunes Music Store.  This is a great victory for the digital rights of Norwegian consumers.  —  On 25th January, the Consumer Council lodged …
Discussion: Techdirt
MarketWatch:
FCC Chairman: Too soon for net neutrality rules  —  CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin said Monday that it would be premature for the agency to issue rules on the doctrine of Net neutrality, which would prevent discrimination in the delivery of services over the Web.
Discussion: Techdirt and unmediated
Paul Korzeniowski / Yahoo! News:
Balloon Cell Towers Starting To Take Flight  —  Americans' appetite for cell phone service appears insatiable.  But expanding cellular coverage with new cell towers can be a problem.  The towers are big, expensive and often seen as a blight on the landscape.
Discussion: textually.org and 21talks
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
'Second Life': Don't worry, we can scale  —  Last March, Cory Ondrejka, the chief technology officer at "Second Life" publisher Linden Lab, bet a symbolic quarter that his virtual world would within two years have more users than the wildly popular online game "World of Warcraft."
Discussion: Joystiq
 
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Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Craigslist is being blocked by Cox Interactive - is this a net neutrality issue?
Discussion: Successful Blog
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
ON FARECAST: RIP ME OFF NO MORE
Seán Captain / Wired News:
Lasers Project the Big Picture
Nick Haywood / hexus.net:
Small and expandable...  Kingston, those memory folk …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to bulk up Office business intelligence
Jensenh / Jensen Harris:
Are We There Yet?  —  People have speculated rampantly …
Discussion: M-Dollar
A Rowland / Democracy in Media:
Why YouTube Wins and Revver Loses
Jay Allen / Six Apart:
Movable Type 3.3 Beta is here
Discussion: duncanriley.com
 Earlier Items: 
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Intel reveals Core 2 Duo info and ULV Core Duo CPU
BBC:
French book publisher sues Google
Tom Simonite / NewScientistTech:
Worm-inspired robot crawls through intestines
Discussion: Engadget
Peter Clarke / EE Times:
Analyst predicts Intel price war, profit warning
Discussion: TechSpot
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Etsy  —  When it comes to online commerce, we are big fans of community and marketplaces.
Discussion: Mashable* and Valleywag
NEWS.com.au:
Microsoft takes on net nasties
Discussion: brainwagon
Don Marshall / online-publishers.org:
OPA Press Release
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Turn your $60 router into a $600 router