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Newswatch 3.4.08: Office Online beta goes public

D&D founder dies

[Register] Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax rolled a natural one on his fortitude save today, dying at level 69 at his home in Lake Geneva. Best known for developing D&D with Dave Arneson in 1974, Gygax helped formulate a pen-and-pencil role playing ruleset that would become a touchstone for modern gaming across its genres.

MSFT debuts Office Live Workspace

[News.com] Office Live Workspace, a Web-based extension to Office that introduces online document sharing and storage, has been in a limited, private beta test since last October. The free service, set to debut later this year, is aimed at Google's Documents and Spreadsheets, among other services, that have emerged as popular alternatives to Office.

Google Gears on WinMobile phones

[NYT] There are a couple of announcements Tuesday that point to a major technological battle: the race to become the platform for mobile applications. This is happening at two levels. There are mobile operating systems like Symbian, Windows Mobile, Apple’s mobile version of OS X and Google’s forthcoming Android.

YHOO tool for mobile bookmarks

[News.com] Tuesday unveiled a new bookmarking tool for cell phones that lets people keep track of favorite Web content--news feeds, search results, Web sites--from one place on their handheld. The technology, called Yahoo OnePlace, will be available in the second quarter of 2008.

AAPL shareholders want say in Jobs' pay

[MacObserver] In response to the vote, Apple CEO Steve Jobs told shareholders on hand for the meeting, "I hope this say on pay will help me with my $1 a year." Mr. Jobs has earned US$1 per year in salary since he returned to the company in 1997, though he has also earned a not-so-small fortune in stock grants, as well as a private jet he uses for company-related travel. Apple picks up the tab for those travel expenses.

Plug your iPod into Nautilus

[BizWeek] Nike and Apple are working with several gym equipment manufacturers and the health clubs 24-Hour Fitness and Virgin Athletic Health Clubs to allow members to plug their iPod Nanos into cardio equipment. They can then track workouts, set goals and upload the information to a Nike Web site.

UC deal with Saudi university

[MercNews] UC Berkeley has finalized an agreement to provide curricular, research and faculty-hiring help to a budding Saudi Arabian university. Berkeley leaders today announced the contract with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, which is expected to open in 2009.