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Early Look: Microsoft Office Live Workspace
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We have picked up a trio of screenshots of the forthcoming Office Live Workspace, which we’re just thrilled beyond rational thought to share with you.

Beta Urchin Software, New Google Analytics Features

At the eMetrics Summit in D.C., Google unveiled some new features for Google Analytics, as well as a new version of its Urchin hosted wed analytics software.

First up, what’s new for Google Analytics: Head into your Analytics profile and enable “Site Search” (which is not currently available in my account), and the Content section of Analytics will show you the keywords people are using to find your site.

Social Media – PR Folks are Just Doing It

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do.” — Leonardo DaVinci

PR/Marketing folks have been busy doing more than playing with social media. Here’s a quick, incomplete and unofficial list of pointers.

Yahoo ‘Peanut Butters’ Their Podcasts Site

The pruning of extraneous services at Yahoo continues, as news emerged that the Yahoo Podcasts Beta will shut down on Halloween.

The Privacy Is In The Pudding (Or Not)

There are so many obvious cliché puns just sitting there, grinning like toads: if you don’t eat your meat…; the proof is in the…; $240 worth of…Pudding. What pudding has to do with telephony services is unclear, except that Pudding Media has started a conversation about how far is too far when it comes to targeted advertising.

Social News Site Launches In Private Beta

Social media Website Mixx, launched today in private beta. The customizable site brings together a combination of user-recommended news articles, videos and images, social networking and personalization tools.

YouTube 101, Just Because

Your first reaction to the news that a college offers a class in YouTube might be to dredge up old "underwater basket-weaving" jokes; learning the school is in California, might be less surprising – after all, Stanford offers a course in Facebook apps.

Yahoo And Zimbra, Still An Odd Deal

The $350 million cash price tag Yahoo will pay for email software firm Zimbra makes the mind reel. Especially since Yahoo just got finished with a major update for its Mail product.

Admish Enters Public Beta
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I’m not sure that any two people have the same college admissions experience; once a student considers the number of majors, the number of schools, his (or her) parents’ income, and his (or her) own academic abilities, a range of responses can be appropriate.  But Admish.com, a new social network, wants to make the process easier on everybody.

Microsoft, Think of the Users
Last week, Microsoft released the third beta version of Windows Live Writer, its free software that lets you write and publish posts to your blog from your PC rather than having to log in to your blog.

I use WLW and think it’s a terrific application.

Google Takes AJAX Debugger Out of Beta

Google has long maintained that AJAX is the future (and the now) of the Web, and even refers to the click-and-wait method as "the yesterweb." But for developers, AJAX is a pain, especially when debugging for browser quirks. Those struggling, then, may be happy to know that the Google Web Toolkit is now out of beta with version 1.4.

Yahoo Mail Speeds Out Of Beta

Yahoo’s unlimited storage email service shed its beta label and added the ability to send and receive text messages to and from mobile phones in several countries.

Microsoft Announces Content Ads Beta

Beginning August 29th, advertisers will be able to try out placing ads on Microsoft’s content network pages.

Amazon Flexes Payments Service Beta

This latest addition to an infrastructure lineup of S3 and EC2 (data storage/transfer and distributed computing, respectively) enhances Amazon’s strength as a powerful destination for developers.

Microsoft Offering Ads On MSN And Ask
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Participants in the Microsoft Office Live adManager Beta can fire up their search campaigns by purchasing ads for display on MSN and Live Search, and on Ask Sponsored Listings.

Microsoft Live Drive Enters Beta

Everyone’s keeping an ear to the ground for news concerning the mythical Gdrive, and unfortunately, I have no information on that front.  But a similarly named offering from Microsoft – Live Drive – may soon launch.

Joost + YouTube = Veoh TV

It seems like form Disney exec Michael Eisner is determined to make online video his next domain, with the beta launch this week of Veoh TV.

VeohTV Launches In Beta

Internet Television company Veoh has launched the beta version of VeohTV. VeohTV acts as a video browser and DVR for finding, viewing and managing online video.

MySpace Launches Beta Instant Messaging
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MySpace has officially announced the beta launch of their instant messaging service, MySpaceIM.

Microsoft Office Outlook Connector Beta Released
With Microsoft Office Outlook Connector Beta, you can use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages and contacts for free!

AOL Local Search In Beta 2

AOL Local Search Beta 2 helps users find a local business or location by following three steps.

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