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Microsoft to deliver tech preview build of Office 2010

Microsoft to deliver tech preview build of Office 2010 Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft is slated to make available today a limited technical test build of its Office 2010 suite to select testers. The new build is not a public beta. A public beta of Office 2010 is slated for later this year.

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When you see Chrome OS think business model

When you see Chrome OS think business model Dana Blankenhorn: What is Google OS? It's worse than Windows. It will destroy Android. It's an attack on Ubuntu. It's an attack on Microsoft. What do I think? That it's an effort to crack the Netbook business model.

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Business licensees to get final Windows 7 release in July

Business licensees to get final Windows 7 release in July Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft officials have said the company expects to release Windows 7 to manufacturing before the end of this month. But they have been less forthcoming about when users will be able to get their hands on the product. Now, Microsoft has said that it plans to allow business users to get Windows 7 before the end of July.

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Why the luxury netbook is a non-starter

Why the luxury netbook is a non-starter John Morris: Almost since the start of the PC industry's "race to the bottom" with netbooks, computer makers have been attempting to reverse course, or at least slow the pace. I understand why computer makers are trying to gild the lily, but there's just not much of an audience for a luxury netbook.

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Sony to release 10.1" Vaio W netbook in August; $499
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Pigeons roosting and doing what pigeons do

Pigeons roosting and doing what pigeons do Paul Murphy: The buzzwords have changed. You've worked hard, cashed a lot of salary cheques, paid your dues to lots of other people, and probably sometimes learnt something. But what you've achieved in terms of contributions to your employer is nothing: every day has been a different day with different words, but pretty much the same thing for 15 years now.

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Watch that reference you write on LinkedIn and other sites
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The just shoot me vacation: Stay tethered; Forget two weeks; Install a fax in your room

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Study: LCD viewing angles are too narrow, many TV features are marketing fluff

Study: LCD viewing angles are too narrow, many TV features are marketing fluff Sean Portnoy: According to a new study, LCDs have a much, much narrower viewing angle than plasmas, something that's been known for some time but apparently still hasn't been solved by TV manufacturers. The other finding? All those "features" are a bunch of hooey.

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Netflix's streaming-video service comes to Sony's networked Bravia HDTVs
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