Roundup Friday Sept 16

By Exclusive Concepts Blog Team

A steamy week here in Boston so sit back, drink a long, cool one and enjoy some of the stories you may have missed in the past week.

This is cool. News on a map from MSNBC

Google Blog Search in beta

Microsoft’s Digital Locker Preview – search, purchase, and download hundreds of software titles from multiple retailers. It will store product keys and purchase information allowing you to backup & reinstall your software from one safe and secure location

Microsoft unveils Windows and Office upgrades – report from the Mercury News. Bill Gates showed off new features in Windows Vista and Office 12, like RSS into Outlook Express and podcast creation into Windows BUT they won’t be available until late next year.

A Microsoft employee who defected to Google a year ago says how happy he is to be actually shipping product.

Katrina Thanks Blog via Bill Ives – It’s not for blame or politics, just to give thanks to the people who helped so much.

Yahoo Shopping Search Goes Mobile so you can compare prices while you’re at the mall.

Google hires the “father of the Internet” and the Chairman of ICANN, Vincent Cerf as their Chief Internet Evangelist.

Newspaper companies and business trade publishers are seeing their revenues erode, in good part because of blogs and other free content sites says Information Week. The only way to beat them is to join them and that’s why they are acquiring online shopping, social networking and blogging-related companies.

Here’s one cool tool, Keyword Density Analyzer.

New Yahoo Instant Search gives answers directly

Time-Warner looking to sell a stake in AOL to Microsoft.

The U.S. Department of State is podcasting.

The U.K. Telegraph pits Google’s blog search v. Technorati’s – a narrow win for Technorati.

Finally, Google fignt. Where else can you pit Marilyn Manson against Marilyn Monroe