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4:20 PM ET, February 22, 2007

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Google Package Challenges Microsoft  —  Google is taking aim at one of Microsoft's most lucrative franchises.  —  On Thursday, Google, the Internet search giant, will unveil a package of communications and productivity software aimed at businesses, which overwhelmingly rely on Microsoft products for those functions.
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Google Targets Microsoft With Launch Of Business Applications  —  The search engine giant adopts a subscription model with its corporate software bundle to counter Microsoft Office and Windows Live.  —  Having won over millions of consumers with its online search and productivity tools …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
It's G-Day: Google Launches Apps Premier  —  The day that everyone knew was coming has arrived with the announcement that Google has launched Google Apps Premier, its subscription package of premium, hosted business applications in direct competition with Microsoft.
Google:
Google Introduces New Business Version of Popular Hosted Applications  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) - today introduced Google Apps Premier Edition, a new version of Google's hosted services for communication and collaboration designed for businesses of all sizes.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Google battles Microsoft head-on  —  The search and advertising giant is now selling a cheap competitor to Microsoft Office.  Fortune's Adam Lashinsky watches as Google takes the gloves off.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Fortune) — For more than a year now, whenever someone has accused Google …
Discussion: Business Filter
BBC:
Google charges for web programs  —  Google has introduced a paid-for version of its web applications it hopes will be popular with small firms.  —  The paid version adds more storage, phone help and guarantees of availability to the Gmail, calendar, word processing and messaging package.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google and the Office game
Discussion: CrunchGear
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Google to launch business software
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Businesses to buy into Google Apps Premier Edition?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Skype asks FCC to open up cellular networks  —  Skype yesterday petitioned the FCC to lay the smack down on wireless phone carriers who "limit subscribers' right to run software communications applications of their choosing" (read: Skype software).  Skype wants the agency to more stringently apply …
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Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Skype files FCC petition to open up cellular nets  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Skype division of online auction company eBay filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday (Feb. 21) asking regulators to force cellphone carriers to loosen their controls on what kinds …
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
BUILDING OUT THE WIRED BLOG NETWORK  —  At Wired we're working hard on a technology platform shift that will let us relaunch the site with loads of bells and whistles in June.  This involves engineers, "QA" and "release candidates", all of which is exactly as exasperating as it sounds.
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Apple, Cisco settle iPhone trademark lawsuit  —  Cisco Systems and Apple said Wednesday they have settled the trademark-infringement lawsuit over the use of the iPhone name for Apple's new multimedia phone.  —  The agreement allows Apple and Cisco to use the iPhone brand on their own products.
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Natalie Kerris / Apple:
Cisco and Apple Reach Agreement on iPhone Trademark
Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
Missing laptop found in ET hunt … SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, has signed up more than 1 million volunteers worldwide in a search for extraterrestrial intelligence.  They've found no aliens yet, but they have at least turned up one missing laptop.
24/7 Wall St.:
Meckler Confirms Jupitermedia & Getty Image Talks (JUPM, GYI)  —  Jupitermedia (JUPM-NASDAQ) has confirmed that it is in discussions with Getty Images, Inc. (GYI-NYSE) regarding a potential sale of the company to Getty Images in a cash transaction that would be valued at $9.60 per share …
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Getty Images may buy research firm Jupitermedia
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Yahoo! news to tilt to a lilt  —  Yahoo! is hoping a quirky take on the news will strike a chord as its next original programming effort.  —  The Web giant confirmed Wednesday that it will launch a new initiative before the end of this quarter that will feature a journalist-cum-crooner who will sing the news.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Microsoft kicks the tires on Revver  —  Don't expect Microsoft to stand pat in a video-sharing sector dominated by Google's YouTube.  —  A week after a test version of Microsoft's video site, Soapbox, went live, the company sized up at least one potential acquisition target, sources say.
Malika Zouhali-Worrall / Financial Times:
Ad-supported online video 'losing ground'  —  The market for film and television internet downloads is expected to grow dramatically over the next five years, with revenues from paid downloads far exceeding earnings from advertising placed on free programming, according to a new industry study.
Rick / Burning Questions:
FeedBurner's View of the Feed Market  —  Prompted by widespread buzz from many FeedBurner publishers who blogged about notable increases in feed subscribers over the weekend, we thought now was a good time to step back and talk about media consumption drivers, and how to accurately assess adoption …
Peter Nowak / National Post:
Puretracks takes lead in rights fight  —  Canadian download store Puretracks is turning up the volume on the free-the-music movement by selling songs online without copy protection.  —  Toronto-based Puretracks Inc. yesterday announced it was selling MP3 files from independent labels …
Justin Wastnage / flightglobal.com:
Apple iPod set to swap 'white box' for 'black box' as LoPresti launches data recorder version  —  Apple Computer's popular iPod music player could become a flight data recorder (FDR) following an announcement by US light aircraft manufacturer LoPresti SpeedMerchants to introduce the device in the cockpit of its Fury piston aircraft.
 
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Jeffrey Gangemi / Business Week:
Think MySpace, but for Local Businesses
Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine:
Steampunk keyboard mod
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Microsoft:
Media Companies Discover New Ways to Reach Readers Using Windows Vista Technology
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA appeals attorneys' fees award
Discussion: Listening Post and Slashdot
Constance Loizos / Mercury News:
VC's valley venture
Discussion: VentureBeat and Valleywag
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
FIM Acquires Interactive Ad Tech Company Strategic Data Corp.
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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
GOOGLE INC.  —  Shares of Class A Common Stock
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Nvidia plans DirectX 10 cards for AGP slot
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Pay-per-use electricity in Dallas/Fort-Worth airport
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The Linden dollar Game
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google sees video anti-piracy tools as priority