News to know: Office bloat; IE history; Google patents; Cloud computing

Notable headlines:Dinosaur Sightings: A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 7 (right).George Ou: MS Office 2007 versus Open Office 2.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Notable headlines:

Dinosaur Sightings: A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 7 (right).
George Ou: MS Office 2007 versus Open Office 2.2 shootout. Office feature bloat is no skin off my nose.
David Berlind: Office bloat may not affect the skin on George's nose. But, about that skin in his wallet....
Office, Vista launches boost Microsoft sales. Mary Jo Foley: Vista sales strong: Ballmer can breathe a sigh of relief. Techmeme on earnings.

Russell Shaw:
Four new Google patent apps reflect major search rank methodology changes. Donna Bogatin: Google's Matt Cutts SERP quality scoring patent? What it means.
A cloudy forecast:


Ed Bott: Microsoft hits a home run withWindows Home Server. Gallery (right).
Larry Dignan: Are businesses getting complacent on security? Green IT: Why it matters.
MarketWatch: AT&T CEO to get $158.5 million pension.
Christopher Lawson: Will $60 billion make U.S. education competitive?

Ryan Stewart:
What's next for OpenLaszlo?

Review: Seagate FreeAgent Pro USB/eSATA/FireWire external hard drive (750GB).

Donna Bogatin:
Google pressures power companies for data center exemptions. CBS Radio to Google, YouTube: No thanks, we built TargetSpot!
AP: MySpace launches in China.
Alan Graham: Dot Mac Dead?
TechCrunch: AOL One Step Behind Again: New Home Page Identical To Yahoo.
Office 2003 to get security upgrade. Schneier questions need for security industry.

WSJ: PlayStation Creator Resigns As Chief of Sony Unit.
Sony announces video chat add-on for PS3.
Photos: DIY Robots from recipes (right).
Garett Rogers: Picasa version 2.7 released.
Russell Shaw: BlackBerry patent would save battery life by adding ambient light as screen backlight source.
Amazon shares up nearly $20 in two days.

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