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5:15 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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mashable! and Technology Questions
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
News Via Old Fashioned Means Put On Deadpool Watch  —  Survey results released by We Media/Zogby earlier this week show that more people turn to the internet for news than any other source.  —  The survey found that nearly half of all people in the United States (48%) cite the internet …
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!
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 …
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,” …
Discussion: The Open Road and Changing Way
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
Apple's 45nm Refresh: New MacBook & MacBook Pro  —  An old middle school friend of mine is obsessed with Apple these days.  She's always asking me Mac questions or trying to get an idea of what's coming down the pipe (Steve: if you're listening, she'd drop her Palm in a heartbeat if she could edit Word/Excel docs on the iPhone).
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 …
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 …
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Media's Rising Digital Acuity Puts Agencies at Risk
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Jason Harris / GigaOM:
2008, the Year the Mobile Market Gets Touch-y
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