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Google Mixes Up Letters and Numbers
October 10, 2006 at 6:00 pm 0

Search giant Google is re-launching its online spreadsheet and word processor software, in another challenge to archrival Microsoft.
Say good-bye to the Writely brand. Google plans to integrate the two into a single application suite. The newly wedded software will go by the name Google Docs & Spreadsheets, an online productivity suite "that makes it easier for people to create, manage, and share documents and spreadsheets online."

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Google Buyout Heralds Dawn of Internet TV
October 9, 2006 at 6:00 pm 0

Google's lightning-quick acquisition of online video pioneer YouTube once again demonstrated the Internet search leader's penchant for pouncing on golden opportunities that leave its rivals scrambling to catch up.

Google Inc.'s $1.65 billion deal to buy video entertainment site YouTube Inc., announced lately, has raised the bar for other major Internet players to strike quickly as confidence in the sector grows and valuations rise, industry insiders said.

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Microsoft Releases Long-Awaited Web Browser Upgrade
October 9, 2006 at 6:00 pm 0

Microsoft Corp. is giving its Web browser software its first major upgrade in years, amid signs that Internet Explorer's market share is eroding.
Enhanced security technologies, new experiences enable customers to browse the Web with confidence and ease.

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Blinkx Woos Microsoft with Technology Revamp
October 8, 2006 at 6:00 pm 0

Microsoft licenses Blinkx technology to power video search on parts of MSN and Live.com.

In a growing digital media market that has witnessed YouTube carve out a niche for viral video, Blinkx is looking to make those videos easier to find online.

YouTube is a load of laughs. Finding something specific you want to watch is another matter.

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Google Subpoenas Amazon, Microsoft, and Yahoo
October 8, 2006 at 6:00 pm 0

Google is gearing for what could be a watershed legal battle with the global book publishing community and has issued subpoenas to major publishers, as well as rivals Yahoo, Amazon and Microsoft, requesting information about their book scanning projects.

The requests came as Google prepares to defend itself against a lawsuit filed by the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild over its plans to make portions of copyright books available online.

Google wants documents detailing every book the companies have made available online or plan to by the end of 2009.

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MTV Offers Online Video Content on Baidu
October 7, 2006 at 6:00 pm 0

MTV has inked a deal with Baidu.com, China's largest search engine, to distribute music videos via the Internet in China, boosting the music video channel's exposure in a market where regulation has limited its presence.

MTV Networks will share music videos and shows with China Internet search leader Baidu.com in an attempt to reap advertising revenue in the world's second-largest Internet market, the two companies said.

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Google Ends Speculation, Buys YouTube for $1.65 Billion
October 7, 2006 at 6:00 pm 0

Google is snapping up YouTube for US$1.65 billion in a deal that catapults the Internet search leader to a starring role in the online video revolution.
Google Inc., the leading Web search engine, bought hot young video-sharing website YouTube in a 1.65 billion dollar stock deal that the companies proclaimed was a natural for the evolving Internet, the company’s largest acquisition in its eight-year history.

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Ask.com Goes Mobile
October 6, 2006 at 6:00 pm 0

The search site launches service designed specifically for cell phones and handheld devices.

Ask.com has rolled out a new service for searching the Web from mobile phones and handheld devices known as Ask Mobile. Ask unveiled the new product at DigitalLife, a consumer event held in New York City.

Ask Mobile's interface and search tool are designed to minimize keystrokes, increase navigability on small displays and accelerate page loads to speed searches on the go.

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Microsoft Unveils Vista-Compatible Live OneCare Beta
October 6, 2006 at 6:00 pm 0

Improvements and additions to Windows Live OneCare Beta 1.5 include tighter integration with Microsoft's Windows Defender anti-spyware software.

Microsoft recently announced a new beta version of Windows Live OneCare. OneCare Beta 1.5, which can be downloaded and used free of charge, is available in 17 localized editions for countries that include the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. Earlier editions were for U.S. customers only.

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Google Opens Huge New York Office
October 5, 2006 at 6:00 pm 0

If Google can make it here, it can make it anywhere. The company opens new digs in Manhattan.

After a year of speculation, the company has officially opened a new, bigger and more Google-y office in the Big Apple in the trendy Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan.

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