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8:10 PM ET, March 1, 2008

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Nick / Rough Type:
Rumor: Microsoft about to unveil web-apps strategy  —  Put your ears to the ground, my friends, for the Beast of Redmond may be stirring.  I've heard that Microsoft has begun briefing its large enterprise clients on an expansive and detailed strategy for moving its software business into the cloud.
David Watanabe / DWBlog:
newsfire... the news starts here!  —  Today's a big day for NewsFire.  After much internal debate, I've made the decision that as of today, NewsFire is totally free.  No feature restrictions, no ads, no cut-down ‘lite’ version... this is the real deal.  —  For those new to this …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Innovation comes cheap, says Google engineer Kevin Marks  —  MIAMI—When the Future of Web Apps conference wound down Friday night, a few things were clear, not the least of which is the fact that open standards are a big deal.  —  Google engineer Kevin Marks gave a talk at FOWA …
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Why I'm Fed Up with TED  —  Maybe it's sour grapes because I wasn't invited, but I'm irked by the conference's smugness and the nearly unqualified show of support from Silicon Valley  —  Last December I had the privilege of attending the Le Web Conference in Paris.
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Online Scrabble Craze Leaves Game Sellers at Loss for Words  —  NEW DELHI — The latest bane of office productivity is Scrabulous, a virtual knockoff of the Scrabble board game, with over 700,000 players a day and nearly three million registered users.  —  Fans of the game are obsessive.
Reuters:
More Americans turning to Web for news  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly 70 percent of Americans believe traditional journalism is out of touch, and nearly half are turning to the Internet to get their news, according to a new survey.  —  While most people think journalism is important to the quality of life …
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Sramana Mitra / Forbes:
The Coming Death Of Indian Outsourcing  —  India is riding high on outsourcing.  —  Information technology and IT-enabled services will employ 4 million people in 2008 and account for 7% of gross domestic product and 33% of India's foreign-exchange inflows, according to Nasscom, an Indian IT industry organization.
Discussion: Mashable!
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Twitter Details SXSW Traffic Preparation Measures  —  We've written about Twitter and their server/capacity issues since day 1.  This week we saw downtime which could be related to heavy usage at the future of web apps conference.  Next week is Twitter's superbowl: SXSW.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Totspot - It's A Social Network For Babies  —  Ok, it's a bit ridiculous that social networks for every conceivable market demographic exist.  But I'm guessing, based on the success of Maya's Mom (acquired in August 2007 by BabyCenter) and other social sites around parenting, that New York based Totspot could find a profitable niche.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
IAC's Gaming Site InstantAction Site To Spend $50M-$100M  —  That's a biggish number for IAC (NSDQ: IACI), currently in the throes of a split, and major layoffs from the Ask.com side of the business.  Its quasi-professional 3-D gaming site InstantAction is about to launch …
Discussion: Variety and Mashable!
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Geography, social media and breakfast  —  Combining social networks with geographic information was one of the big ideas at a gathering this week of uber-techies and media digirati in New York.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — The next big thing is the integration of location-based information with social networking applications.
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Greatest Hits: Top 5 internal e-mails  —  Bill Gates seemed to draw on personal experience a few years ago when he pointed out one of the biggest risks of modern communications.  —  “Today, if you e-mail things around, it's very typical for the information to go far and wide,” …
 
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