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4:05 PM ET, March 2, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Office Online and Attacking The Innovator's Dilemma  —  Nick Carr has a lead on the story that we all knew was coming eventually: Key Microsoft applications, including Office, may be moving online, soon.  Carr's source says to look for enterprise applications to move online …
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.
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Is an offline version of Silverlight coming at MIX next week?  —  There have been rumors for a while and today TechCrunch says they've been hearing that an offline version of Silverlight is coming to compete with Adobe AIR.  Currently, despite a lot of comparisons in the tech media world …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Brandon LeBlanc
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will RealNetworks Buy Scrabulous?  —  Scrabulous is like Danger Mouse's The Grey Album of Facebook Apps.  Everyone loves it except the guys who own Scrabble (Mattel and Hasbro), the board game that inspired Scrabulous.  —  The legal troubles of the game cooked up by Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla …
Mark Bittman / New York Times:
I Need a Virtual Break.  No, Really.  —  I TOOK a real day off this weekend: computers shut down, cellphone left in my work bag, land-line ringer off.  I was fully disconnected for 24 hours.  —  The reason for this change was a natural and predictable back-breaking straw.
Dan Farber / CNET
Google CEO Schmidt practices the art of stonewalling  —  It's been a busy week in the tech world, but the newsroom highlight of the week had more to do with what was not said.  Our own Elinor Mills was dispatched on short notice from San Francisco to Orlando, Fla., to interview Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and WinBeta
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
i-mate's US outpost implodes, most laid off  —  We've caught wind from a number of employees — or ex-employees, as the case may be — that i-mate's US division in Redmond, Washington has all but disintegrated after a Friday bloodbath that saw the entire engineering, QA, and tech writing departments laid off, among others.
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Biographicon Wants To Be Wikipedia For The Non-Notable Masses  —  Having a page put up about you in Wikipedia is difficult, mostly because of the Notability requirement for inclusion - and you aren't “notable” unless you've received significant media coverage elsewhere.
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 …
Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
Japanese robots enter daily life  —  TOKYO — At a university lab in a Tokyo suburb, engineering students are wiring a rubbery robot face to simulate six basic expressions: anger, fear, sadness, happiness, surprise and disgust.  —  Hooked up to a database of words clustered by association …
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
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Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Was Windows XP Microsoft's last good OS?
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Egan Orion / Inquirer:
Judge reverses Wikileaks injunction
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Mark Evans:
So How is Wordpress Going to Make Money, Matt?
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
“Facebook Anthem” Says We're Bored of Facebook
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 Earlier Items: 
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T stores to offer refurbished iPhones with new activations, $199 and $249
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Innovation comes cheap, says Google engineer Kevin Marks
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Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Why I'm Fed Up with TED  —  Maybe it's sour grapes …
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Geography, social media and breakfast
More Americans turning to Web for news