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12:40 PM ET, August 28, 2006

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Aaron Ricadela / InformationWeek:
In Depth: Google Discloses Plans For Long-Awaited Office Suite, First Components Due This Week  —  Google will try to capitalize on collaboration options that Microsoft Office is lacking.  But Microsoft has its own plan to shore up the vulnerability.  —  For such sharp rivals …
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google expands into business software market  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG - news) is making a concerted move beyond search and advertising into the business software market, starting with a set of Web programs for e-mail, scheduling and communications, it said on Sunday.
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Google Office 'version 1.0' debuts  —  Google doesn't yet have an Office 2.0-a full suite of hosted productivity applications aimed at the Microsoft Office crowd, especially the small- and medium-sized firms-but starting tomorrow companies or organizations can deploy Google email, calendar …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google sticks its toe into enterprise waters (is Google hiding from bloggers?)  —  Remember on Friday when I was talking about big-company PR?  Yeah, Google went to the New York Times to leak tomorrow's announcement of new business-focused services.  Information Week got a good look too.
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Google to Offer Services for Businesses  —  Further extending its efforts beyond search technology, Google plans to announce Monday that it will offer software providing a range of online services for business users.  —  The company, which has gradually been adding to its arsenal of services …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google offers hosted communications applications  —  Starting Monday, organizations will be able to offer members or employees Web-based e-mail, calendar, chat and Web page publishing hosted by Google for free.  —  Google plans to announce on Monday a beta version of Google Apps for Your Domain …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Apps For My Domian, No Thank You  —  A few weeks ago, GigaOM got an invite for the beta version of the much anticipated Google Apps for Your Domain offering.  It seems like such a great idea for early stage companies like ours or small and medium sized businesses.
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Makes Its Move: Office 2.0
Discussion: SlashGear
Kent / Newsome.Org:
Google Makes Its Move
Discussion: Preoccupations and Mathew Ingram
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
When Will Google Be Honest About Its Enterprise Ambitions?
Discussion: Kevin Maney
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Microsoft Office vs. Web 2.0 upstarts
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   Web Office update - Google and Zoho make moves
Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Google, eBay form advertising alliance  —  SAN FRANCISCO - In a deal between two of the Internet's most prominent properties, Google will begin selling advertising for Web auctioneer eBay outside the United States and help buyers quickly ring an online merchant to do business.
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent.org
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Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
My take on the Google-eBay deal: Google Talk isn't interested in Internet telephony's full potential  —  While I believe it is a smart move for Google to work with Skype-owner eBay for click-to-call functionality within ads that run on Google, there's another side to this deal that I'm wondering …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Journal:
Google & eBay Partner for 'Click to Call'  —  Google & eBay Partner for 'Click to Call'  —  The WSJ (sub req'd) and NY Times (reg. req'd) are reporting this morning on a deal in which Google will distribute ads on eBay's pages outside the US. eBay has a similar deal with Yahoo! domestically.
Zend News:
Zend Technologies receives $20 Million in Series D Funding  —  Additional Funding To Be Used To Further Strengthen Open Source Software Development and Infrastructure Company's Leadership In The PHP Market  —  Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, today announced that it has secured $20 million in series D funding.
Discussion: SiliconBeat and GigaOM
WebWire:
Lynanda Finds a Way to Block Skype  —  Lynanda CS, an independent European IT solutions provider, announced a new methodology to detect and block Skype's traffic.  As the increasing use of Skype in corporate environments is raising concerns among security administrators, such technology could see notable commercial application.
Matt Mullenweg / Akismet Blog:
Downtime  —  The stats code introduced yesterday had a bug which only triggered about 24 hours after it had launched.  It kicked in for different blogs at different times, but the result was that starting sometime last night you probably started to see really obvious spam getting past your Akismet filters.
 
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