The WSJ has the scoop on what Larry Page will be announcing Friday at CES, video rental and a software package.
Google video rental: Google will be partnering up with television stations like CBS and the NBA to allow people to download videos for a fee.
Google Pack: a software package including pretty much everything but an operating system and productivity suite.
[It] will include the open-source Firefox Web browser, a version of Norton AntiVirus software from Symantec Corp., Adobe Systems Inc.'s Reader software, RealNetworks Inc.'s RealPlayer multimedia software, Trillian instant-messaging software from Cerulean Studios and Lavasoft AB's Ad-Aware antispyware software. Google Pack will also include Google's own desktop search software, Google Earth satellite imaging and maps software, Picasa photo-management software, Google Talk instant-messaging program, its Toolbar add-on for Web browsers and screen saver software.
Wonder why they didn't bundle OpenOffice yet? Surely the value created by partnering with almost every major software company will keep Google on many desktops. I wonder what Yahoo! thinks of this as well. I believe they had a deal with Adobe.