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4:25 AM ET, March 2, 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:
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 …
Discussion: Mike Stopforth and SmoothSpan Blog
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: Brandon LeBlanc
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 …
Mark Evans:
So How is Wordpress Going to Make Money, Matt?  —  It's difficult not to like Wordpress (especially if you're a blogger!) but after its parent, Automattic, raised $29.5-million earlier this year, there was a fair bit of head-scratching out why it needed so much dough and how its investors …
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.
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: WinBeta
Elinor Mills / CNET
My stunted interview with Google's Eric Schmidt
Discussion: Ryan Block
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
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 …
Discussion: hyku | blog
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 …
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.
Discussion: Mashable! and Web Worker Daily
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.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
“Facebook Anthem” Says We're Bored of Facebook  —  This morning one of my readers sent me an email alerting me to a new Facebook video on YouTube.  I wasn't initially going to post anything but this video has attracted over 20,000 views and I have a feeling that it may just go viral.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
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David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
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