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8:20 AM ET, March 4, 2008

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Charles Wiles / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Shifting Google Gears to mobile  —  Ever use a mobile web application and suddenly lose your cell connection?  That's happened to me many times.  If you've shared my pain, you'll be excited to know that we've launched Google Gears for mobile, which lets users access Gears-enabled mobile web apps offline.
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to take Silverlight offline eventually, says exec  —  There are a number of software projects that enable Web applications to run offline, including Adobe's AIR, Google Gears, and the Mozilla Foundation's Prism.  What about Microsoft and its Silverlight browser plug-in?
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Silverlight Goes Mobile With Nokia  —  Nokia has signed up to use Microsoft's Silverlight platform for its S60 and S40 mobile devices as well as its Nokia Internet tablets, marking the first mobile win for the Redmond giant's rich media development framework.
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft Silverlight coming to mobile devices this year  —  Microsoft's Silverlight browser plug-in will be bringing videos and other rich media to Nokia smartphones later this year.  —  The two companies on Tuesday at Microsoft's Mix '08 conference are scheduled to announce that Microsoft …
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Gizmodo
Google Gears API Blog:
Google Gears in Your Pocket  —  Today is an exciting day for mobile application development, as it marks the first release of Google Gears on mobile devices.  Gears is initially available for Internet Explorer on Windows Mobile 5 and 6.  —  Consider the sad state of mobile app development today …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and Techwinter
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Writer Extends Mobile Support, Adds Offline Capability …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
IEBlog:
Microsoft's Interoperability Principles and IE8  —  We've decided that IE8 will, by default, interpret web content in the most standards compliant way it can.  This decision is a change from what we've posted previously.  —  Why Change?  —  Microsoft recently published a set of Interoperability Principles.
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Sanity prevails: IE8 will default to standard-compliant mode  —  In an impressive volte-face, Microsoft has decided that Internet Explorer 8 will default to being compliant with web standards after all, and will not, as previously announced, require web pages to explicitly opt in to conforming behavior.
Discussion: TGDaily.com and The Tao of Mac
Microsoft:
Microsoft Expands Support for Web Standards
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Back on the Beat: Introducing OStatic, the Open Source Blog  —  I have spent the past two months recuperating from my medical setback - reading, rebuilding my physical strength and of course, writing an occasional blog post or two.  My doctors have given me permission to work — four hours a day …
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Launches Ostatic Resource For Open Source Community  —  GigaOm (Om Malik's blog network) just launched a new open source software focused blog called Ostatic.  The goal, Malik said today in an interview, is to track news around the world's 150,000+ open source projects.
Msantjer / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Gates on Yahoo, Google and the next president  —  Guest post from P-I reporter Joseph Tartakoff:  —  At his speech this morning to the thousands gathered for the SharePoint Conference at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates took some questions …
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Ina Fried / Webware.com:
Microsoft's telescope centers on Windows  —  REDMOND, Wash.—When Microsoft releases its WorldWide Telescope this spring, the program will be a Windows-only download.  —  Much of the astronomical community, however, uses Macs and other Unix-based hardware.
Discussion: Ubergizmo, Gear Diary and Bleeding Edge
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FastCompany.TV:
Exclusive First Look: WorldWide Telescope
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Channel 10
Sean Ammirati / ReadWriteWeb:
What Stanford Learned Building Facebook Apps  —  Dr. BJ Fogg and Dave McClure taught a class last semester at Stanford on Building Facebook Applications.  In 10 weeks, the 80 students had created 50+ applications and in total had over 20 Million installs - with 5 having more than 1 million users.
Discussion: Web Strategy, eWeek and All Facebook
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Exclusive preview: Delicious Monster's Delicious Library 2.0  —  Back in 2004, shortly before the release of Mac OS X Tiger, Delicious Library 1.0 arrived as a slick looking inventory cataloging application designed to manage listings of books, videos, albums and other media.
Discussion: MacUser and The Tao of Mac
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Design and Make Your Own OpenMoko Phone  —  OpenMoko is taking its open philosophy a step beyond its Linux soul and has released the CAD (computer-aided design) files for the Neo1973, allowing you to design and create your own body for the phone.  The catch for selfish bastards is that it's under …
Discussion: textually.org, IntoMobile and Gadgetell
 
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