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10:40 AM ET, August 28, 2006


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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.
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 …
Google Launches Hosted Communications Services  —  New Google Apps for Your Domain Available Now for Easy Email, Calendaring, and More  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the launch of Google Apps for Your Domain (, a set of hosted applications for organizations …
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 …
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
Elinor Mills / CNET
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 …
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.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Thoughts on Google Apps  —  I've been playing with Google's newly launched Google Apps, and so far I'm impressed.  All the apps are the ones you've come to know and feel comfortable with, if you're a Gmail/Calendar/etc. user; they are also all managed via a nice, clean interface with direct support for adding multiple users via CSV.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Makes Its Move: Office 2.0  —  Google has deployed the first pieces of its upcoming Office suite.  They've launched Google Apps for your Domain, a set of Google services targeted to small and mid sized companies.  With the new service, companies can use Gmail, Talk, Calendar and Page Creator under a single control panel.
Discussion: SlashGear
Kent / Newsome.Org:   Google Makes Its Move
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Webtown, 21talks and VoIP Watch
the story of chumby  —  Chumby is different.  The chumby was not created in the design department of some big consumer electronics company.  Market analysis and focus groups were not performed.  Frankly, there wasn't very much traditional consumer electronics experience brought to bear at all.
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
The birth of Chumby  —  Last night, we had our first ever "product launch" at FOO camp.
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chumby Devices Handed Out at Foo
Discussion: MobileCrunch and CrunchGear
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.
Mgreenly / Metaspot:
Another Pointless Scoble Rant  —  Scoble went on a witch hunt today because some one was scrapping his blog content and re-using it.  The problem is he's syndicating 100% of his content in his RSS feed.  Which means he's all but signed a letter of permission for the public re-use of this content.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Blogger says "it's OK to steal, if they use RSS"
Liveblogging The Panel I'm On  —  That's right I'm sitting up here on a panel about blogging, and blogging it.  It's an addiction, I can't stop.  —  We're talking about the different relationships bloggers and main stream media have with PR firms.  Which is quite striking in my opinion.
Discussion: Gamerscore Blog and Joystiq
Jon Fine / Fine On Media:
Lonelygirl15: A Likely Scenario  —  So late last week I made a bunch of phone calls and sent a bunch of emails and youtube messages regarding the ongoing soap opera of lonelygirl15—the allegedly home-schooled 16 year-old named Bree whose channel on youtube is, as of this writing, the most-viewed on the entire site today.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and Screens
TDavid / Things That:
Hugh Macleod wonders why "more prominent" bloggers aren't in the arts  —  Guess I'm one of the few out there who doesn't share the gushing excitement for Hugh Macleod's cartoons.  I'm not saying they are bad, no they are alright and a few of them have made me go hmm or smile …
Mark Shuttleworth:
One on the chin  —  Luis Villa is absolutely right in his castigation of our X update on Wednesday this week.  As a team we made a series of errors, and the result was a desktop that was broken for thousands of users, for several hours.  It has been a severe lesson in QA, something Luis knows plenty about.
Discussion: digg
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