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5:25 PM ET, November 30, 2006

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Microsoft:
Steve Ballmer Kicks Off Most Significant Product Launch in Microsoft's History  —  Windows Vista and the 2007 release of Office lead the more than 30 new products that will spur the next leap forward in business computing.  —  At a press conference at NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square …
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Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
15 Simple Ways Microsoft Could Improve Computing
Discussion: CIO.com and jkOnTheRun
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
The Real Office Live: Zoho Bridges Online And Offline Office Apps  —  Zoho, the online Office suite company, will launch a Microsoft Office plugin today that will allow users to save documents directly to their Zoho account from Microsoft Office and Excel.  —  The company is also announcing open APIs …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Zoli's Blog
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Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Announcements - How about three of them?  —  Today, we announce three different additions to Zoho.  —  1. Zoho Plugin for Microsoft Office  —  2. Zoho APIs  —  3. Desktopize for Zoho (Download)  —  We are very excited about the plugin for Microsoft Office as this extends …
Masaki Kondo / Bloomberg:
Namco Bandai's Takasu Says PS3 Game Titles Must Sell 500,000  —  Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) — Namco Bandai Holdings Inc., Japan's second-biggest maker of video-game software, must sell at least half a million copies of a game for Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 console to make money on the title, said President Takeo Takasu.
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and I4U News
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John Markoff / New York Times:
For $150, Third-World Laptop Stirs a Big Debate  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — When computer industry executives heard about a plan to build a $100 laptop for the developing world's children, they generally ridiculed the idea.  How could you build such a computer, they asked, when screens alone cost about $100?
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Huffington Post Will Add Original Reporting to Its Blog  —  The Huffington Post, which started about 18 months ago as a political Web site for celebrity bloggers, is preparing to venture into original reporting, with plans to cover Congress and, already, the 2008 presidential campaign.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Goodbye Search Engine Watch & Best Wishes!  —  Today is my last day with Search Engine Watch, with me heading to my new digs at Search Engine Land tomorrow.  I wanted to wish Search Engine Watch all the best going forward, plus help readers understand some of the changes that are happening.
Keith Teare / edgeio:
edgeio acquires assets of Adaptive Real Estate Services  —  I am pleased to announce that edgeio has made its first acquisition.  About a week ago we acquired the assets of Adaptive Real Estate Services, a company built over the past several years by father and son team Robert and Peter Meyer.
Discussion: ClickZ News Blog
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
HP IQ770 "Crossfire" 19-inch touchscreen Media PC revealed!  —  Looks like AMD has a sweet new rig they're readying for January launch, and word on the street is Bill Gates wants to launch it personally.  It's the IQ770 "Crossfire," the first mass market touchscreen desktop PC we've seen …
Anna Jane Grossman / New York Times:
Here's My Number (for Today)  —  THERE is no shortage of ways to reach Airin McClain, a singer who lives in Philadelphia.  She has a Web site, an instant messenger account, a MySpace page, four e-mail addresses and two mobile phones.  —  Good luck getting one of those phone numbers, though.
Annalee Newitz / Wired News:
Nike+ IPod = Surveillance  —  If you enhance your workout with the new Nike+ iPod Sport Kit, you may be making yourself a surveillance target.  —  A report from four University of Washington researchers to be released Thursday reveals that security flaws in the new RFID-powered device …
Associated Press:
Google suffers setback in copyright case  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news) has rebuffed Google Inc.'s attempt to learn more about its efforts to create digital copies of books, dealing the Internet search leader another setback as it prepares to fight against a copyright infringement suit.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Why Yahoo is Backing Away from RSS  —  Has anyone noticed that Yahoo's love affair with RSS seems to be withering?  In 2004 and 2005 Yahoo was all over feeds.  It was an early leader in driving adoption, as a matter of fact.  But in recent months I question whether they remain committed to RSS as a platform.
Business Wire:
New Jersey Mom Wins Trip to Puerto Rico for Placing 100 Millionth Call to 1-800-FREE411  —  New Free Directory Assistance Service Growing Rapidly and Saving Consumers Millions Every Month  —  MENLO PARK, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—By placing the 100 millionth call to the free directory …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The Rojas-Winer-Calacanis podcast device  —  Michael Gartenberg made a list for the Rojas-Winer-Calacanis podcast device.  Peter responded positively to my query, so we're going to meet on the 21st, here in Berkeley, to talk about the device.  I agree with many of the things Michael says, but there are some I strenuously object to.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google Invests in Meraki  —  We've written a few times about the startup Meraki Networks, which is building a business off of wireless mesh hardware and software based on the MIT's Roofnet project.  Google has been very interested in the Mountain View-based startup as a way to extend its WiFi network coverage indoors.
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher and Werblog
 
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