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Google, which has recently emblazed its shield with the new motto "Search, Ads and Apps," has come up with a new way to terrorize Microsoft - a technology for running programs like Google's word processor and spreadsheet offline like, like Office. The widgetry is called Google Gears and doesn't work with the Google Docs and Spreadsheets suite yet - but it will, Google said, as well as with e-mail and calendaring. Google's applying the mojo first to its RSS Reader, which goes out and collects updates to whatever web sites and blogs users keep tabs on. They can now be read offline on a plane, say, or on the African veldt if you download what you want first, making it useful for places in the Third World where Internet connections might be dicey. Gears-blessed applications will go back to being online once a connection is re-established. Gears is a JavaScript browser ... (more)

Yahoo! Dumps CEO Terry Semel

(June 19, 2007 - 5 PM EST) - Yahoo has dumped its CEO Terry Semel--regarded lately as a main barrier to progress and thereby preventing the company from cutting Google-addressing partnerships and acquisition bids. Goodness knows Microsoft might be on the phone right now. The surprise news hit right after the market closed in New York. There has been much speculation that such a thing could happen in the last couple of weeks and many investors were disappointed that Semel wasn’t handed his head at the company’s stockholders meeting a few days ago particularly given his o... (more)

Gates: Yahoo! "Should Take a Hard Look" at the Microsoft Offer

"We sent them a letter and said we think that's a fair offer," Bill Gates has been telling the Associated Press, referring of course to the February 1 proposal Microsoft made to the Yahoo! board of directors to acquire the company for $44.6BN. Gates made the comments during a conference call to announce free access to Microsoft developer tools for students. "There's nothing that's gone on other than us stating that we think it's a fair offer," Gates continued. They should take a hard look at it." In other Microsoft-Yahoo! news yesterday, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal both mad... (more)

Google Chrome Comes Out of a Comic Book

Philipp Lenssen at the “Google Blogoscoped” blog broke the story on September 1, 2008 that Google is launching an open source browser called Google Chrome. Lennsen writes: “Today there was a comic book in my mail, sent by Google and drawn by no less than Scott McCloud, creator of the classic Understanding Comics. Within the 38 pages, which I’ve scanned and put up, in very readable format Google gives the technical details into a project of theirs: an open source browser called Google Chrome. The book points to www.google.com/chrome, but I can’t see anything live there yet.” ... (more)

Human Error Causes One Hour's Google Search Chaos

"Our apologies to any of you who were inconvenienced this morning, and to site owners whose pages were incorrectly labelled," wrote Google Search VP Marissa Mayer yesterday, in a blogged explanation of the unfortunate fact than most Google searches conducted between 6:30AM-7:25AM PST on Saturday morning returned a message "This site may harm your computer" beside each and every search result. "This was clearly an error," Mayer added, "and we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to our users." Google works with a non-profit called StopBadware.org to come up with criteria ... (more)