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4:05 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.
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.
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!
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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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.
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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,” …
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Judge Reverses His Order Disabling Web Site  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge on Friday withdrew his earlier order disabling a Web site that allows the anonymous posting of documents to discourage unethical behavior in governments and corporations.  —  On Feb. 15, the judge …
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.
Discussion: The Jeff Pulver Blog
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Media's Rising Digital Acuity Puts Agencies at Risk  —  The following is also my column in next week's issue of Advertising Age...  It wasn't the most talked about session at the IAB Annual Meeting this week in Phoenix, but it should have been.  —  In a series of fascinating frames peppered …
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati To Launch Blogger Advertising Network  —  Through a variety of sources we've confirmed that Technorati is making plans for a major shift in its going forward strategy, and is also considering a number of corporate development transactions.  —  First, they've been pitching venture capitalists on another round of financing.
Reuters:
Ask.com not planning to scrap search: source  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online search site Ask.com is not getting rid of its specialized search technology, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday, saying a blog report to that effect was incorrect.  —  Analysts cited a report …
Tony Smith / The Register:
iPhone jailbreak tools updated to open firmware 1.1.4  —  The latest version of iPhone activation, jailbreaking and unlocking tool, ZiPhone, has been released.  The tool promises full access to Apple's handset in under five minutes.  —  The update, which takes ZiPhone to version 2.5 in its command line …
 
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