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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Predicts Fastest-Ever Adoption of New Office Software  —  Microsoft Corp. expects customers to adopt the new version of Office at the fastest pace in the software's 20-year history, helping reverse a sales slump and fend off competition from Google Inc.'s Web-based programs.
BBC:
Microsoft Office 2010 takes aim at Google Docs  —  Microsoft is preparing to launch its latest weapon in its ongoing battle with Google.  —  The software giant will launch its flagship product Office 2010 to businesses on 12 May.  —  The latest version of the software has a free online component - called Office Web Apps.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Forrester: Google still a distant Office competitor  —  For all the noise about — and from — Google giving Microsoft a run for its money in the office/productivity market, the reality is rather different, according to Forrester Research.  —  New Forrester data, released on May 11 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Office Mobile 2010 released, free upgrade for WinMo 6.5 users
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Live-Blogging Microsoft's Office 2010 Launch
Discussion: Seattle Times
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Next generation iPhone unscrewed from Vietnam (update: video!)  —  The kids at Taoviet have really outdone themselves.  From the looks of these images, the Vietnamese site has nabbed an honest to goodness 4th generation iPhone — a 16GB model to be exact.  It's clearly pre-production judging …
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Gmail Blog:
Drag images into messages  —  Recently, we launched a feature that allows you to drag an attachment from your computer right onto Gmail.  —  I've always been a fan of the inserting image lab, so I naturally wondered if it would be possible to combine the two.
Alex Payne / Why Microsoft:
Google Docs does not make Office better  —  Hi, I'm Alex Payne and I'm a Director in our Online Product Management team.  A couple of news articles and blogs landed today where Google is trying to make the case that existing Office customers (and there are over 500 Million of them worldwide) …
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The Big Game, Zuckerberg and Overplaying your Hand  —  Important TechCrunch50 Message: At the bottom  —  Rights: Please do not post on the web (it's dead)  —  Last Wednesday, 10AM, Las Vegas.  —  The South Point Hotel and Casino, a couple of miles off the strip.  The
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
EXCLUSIVE: AndroidPolice.com's Nexus One Is Running Android 2.2 Froyo.  How Fast Is It Compared To 2.1?  Oh, Only About 450% Faster  —  Folks, we have a Nexus One.  We also have Froyo.  In fact, we have the two mixed together in the most delicious frozen-yogurty Android 2.2 kind of way you can imagine.
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Eric / Erictric:
Android 2.2 Froyo Nearly 5 Times Faster Than Android 2.1
Discussion: Fonehome.co.uk and Android Police
Niraj Sheth / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon, Google Developing iPad Rival  —  Verizon Wireless is working with Google Inc. on a tablet computer, the carrier's chief executive, Lowell McAdam, said Tuesday, as the company endeavors to catch up with iPad host AT&T Inc. in devices that connect to wireless networks.
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Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
Will HTC make the rumored Verizon Android tablet?
John Provine / The Official Google Blog:
Understanding the web to find short answers and “something different”  —  One year ago today we announced Google Squared in Labs, an early attempt to find and extract structured data from across the web, such as a detailed table of [dog breeds] or [broadway shows].
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
‘HURT LOCKER’ PRODUCERS ABOUT TO SUE AN ARMY OF PIRATES  —  EXCLUSIVE: The war against movie piracy is getting downright explosive.  We've learned that the producers of the Oscar-winning “The Hurt Locker” are preparing a massive lawsuit against thousands of individuals who pirated the film online.
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
Creating a Network Like Facebook, Only Private  —  How angry is the world at Facebook for devouring every morsel of personal information we are willing to feed it?  —  A few months back, four geeky college students, living on pizza in a computer lab downtown on Mercer Street …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg's Biggest Problem Is Its Users And Their Constant Opinions On Things  —  There's a saying I love: “a camel is a horse designed by committee.”  A variation is “a volvo is a porsche designed by committee.”  Some of the best product advice I've ever heard goes something like “damn what the users want, charge towards your dream.”
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Ticketfly raises $3M to challenge Ticketmaster  —  Ticketfly, a startup that allows concert promoters to sell tickets and promote their events on social networking services, just raised $3 million in a first round of funding.  —  The San Francisco company's cofounders and co-chief executives …
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Game Maker Ngmoco Acquires Another iPhone Game Developer, Stumptown Game Machine (AAPL, ERTS)  —  iPhone game developer Ngmoco has acquired fellow gaming company Stumptown Game Machine.  —  The two developers have already been collaborating on the successful “Touch Pets Dogs” …
Discussion: paidContent and silicontap.com
Cade Metz / The Register:
Yahoo! to open source floating Google-Amazon crossbreed  —  Our cloud is your cloud  —  Early next year, Yahoo! intends to open source its internal “cloud serving” platform, described as something halfway between Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and Google's App Engine.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Network World
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With smarter chips, TVs and other gadgets have become computers  —  As TVs become connected to the web, they're undergoing a transformation.  They can display web pages on the screen.  But that's just the change on the outside.  On the inside, they're becoming computers.
Discussion: Electronista and CNET News
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Verizon thinking about licensing some of their 4G spectrum to small rural operators  —  Verizon (NYSE: VZ) Wireless won the 700 MHz wireless auction a little over 2 years ago, and since then they've been working their tails off trying to get ready to launch LTE by the end of this year.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Hollywood backs Viacom in Google fight  —  Ever since Viacom first accused Google's YouTube of violating copyright law in a civil complaint filed three years ago, most of Hollywood has appeared determined to stay neutral.  That appears to be changing.  —  Over the past several days …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Media Maverick
 
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