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Amazon Now Sells Groceries

Amazon has decided that selling everything but food isn’t good enough. Thus, nonperishable food items will now be available at Amazon’s Grocery beta site (is it just me, or is “beta” rather a cliche phrase nowadays?). Check out the site here. Your favorite staples ranging from popcorn to organic granola? are available. Explained in a disclaimer of sorts on the site, Amazon claims it doesn’t currently offer perishable items because “we can’t ship these for free.” But, for now, all nonperishable orders are treated like any other Amazon orders. Any purchase over $25 includes free shipping.

Google Picasa Web Albums Review with Screenshots

Picasa_logoGoogle can’t help but stay in the spotlight. Today’s latest: Google Picasa Web Albums. I quickly signed up for this “test” (rather than “beta” for some reason) product and gave it a test spin. Initial impression: yet another impressive, free tool from Google for online collaboration. Read on for features and screenshots:

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Google Browser Sync, Torpark & USB Drive Combined

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Labs_logo_1Google recently released Google Browser Sync, an extension designed specifically for Firefox which allows your bookmarks, cookies, history, and passwords to be synchronized across multiple computers. Basically, it keeps all your browser information on a Google server. Each time you load Firefox, it syncs with the online version of your settings. This way, if you browse the Internet from multiple computers, your bookmarks, etc. move with you.

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Two Types of Net Neutrality: Good & Evil

Lawmakers can’t understand why net neutrality is a good thing, so their only recourse is to turn it into a bad thing. The latest potential bill: If large monopolistic broadband providers that limit your ISP choice are unable to control your Internet surfing, then all websites may be watched and potentially forced to be “neutral” via FCC regulation. Huh?

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Screenshots of Google Converted Excel File

I received my Google Spreadsheets invite this morning and began playing with converted Excel files. To start, here is a screenshot of the login screen (click on image for full size):

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Google Spreadsheet Is Here & Threatens Microsoft’s Market Share

According to the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), Google will release a Web-based spreadsheet application Tuesday. It will first be available on a limited basis (i.e., some sort of beta). Microsoft is well aware and continues to invest in its own on-line services. Traditional desktop software (which is among Microsoft’s most profitable divisions) must change.

Update: Click here for Google’s Sneak Peak, and read on for more details…

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Dell to Improve Support: $100 Million Investment + New Remote Help

Dell has been criticized for its support or lack thereof. But with a recent announcement that a $100 million is going toward improved tech support operations, Dell revealed plans for a new service allowing technicians to remotely control and troubleshoot PCs over a high-speed Internet connection.

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