New release of Google Earth
Google released version 4 of it's Google Earth application in beta form. Among the changes are an improved interface, 3d textured building support,
Windows Live Dev launched (beta)

The Windows Live Dev site has launched today in beta mode at

Windows Live Dev is includes information on getting started with Windows Live services, latest documentation and APIs, samples, access to community areas and relevant blogs, and announcements of future releases and innovations.

Google Browser Sync for Firefox released
Google Browser Sync for Firefox is an extension that continuously synchronizes your browser settings – including bookmarks, history, persistent cookies, and saved passwords – across your computers. It also allows you to restore open tabs and windows across different machines and browser sessions.
Winners of the ActionScript for Flash 8 book competition
Thanks to Friends of Ed we had 5 copies to give away of; ActionScript for Flash 8. Take a look and press read more to see the correct answer and if you're one of the lucky winners.
Web is the No. 1 media
According to a recent research project of the Ball State University's Center for Media Design, Web media is the N0. 1 at-work media and No. 2 in the home, according to a new report from the Online Publishers Association.
Microsoft releases public Vista Beta 2

Microsoft made a beta version of Windows Vista publicly available for download, kicking off what it called its "Customer Preview Program," a testing period in which the software maker hopes millions of tech enthusiasts will kick the tires on the new operating system.


Microsoft's antipiracy tool Spyware?

Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications, is designed to validate whether a copy of Windows has been legitimately acquired. However, it also checks in with Microsoft on a daily basis.

This has alarmed some people, such as Lauren Weinstein, a civil liberties activist, who likened it to spyware in a blog posting.

Review and competition of Blog Design Solutions
We've got a mini-review and competition of the Blog Design Solutions book. The friendly people of Friends of ED are giving away 5 books.


Google Spreadsheets

Google launched a Web-based spreadsheet program that will allow people to view and simultaneously edit data while conducting "in-document" chat.

With the launch Google is directly competing with Microsoft's desktop-based Excel spreadsheet program.

Save as PDF functionality removed from Office 2007

This morning the Washington Journal reported that Adobe might be planning to sue Microsoft over the inclusion of export-to-pdf functionality in Office 2007. As a result of this, Microsoft has agreed to remove the Save as PDF functionality from Office 2007.


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