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1:20 PM 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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Charles Wiles / Google Code Blog:
Power up your mobile web applications  —  It's a mobile zoo out there.  If you've ever tried coding up a mobile client application, you've probably noticed that the huge variety of mobile operating systems makes it tough to build rich applications that work on every device.  We face the same challenges.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Gears Goes Mobile
Shashank / The Buxfer Post:   Offline access from your Windows Mobile device
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:   Zoho Writer Extends Mobile Support, Adds Offline Capability …
Joe Fay / The Register:
Yahoo! unveils third leg for managing mobile content  —  CeBIT Yahoo! sprouted the third leg of its mobile content strategy today, with the surprise launch of onePlace, an application that aggregates and filters users' content desires.  —  onePlace lines up with oneSearch …
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! onePlace(TM) Revolutionizes Mobile Content  —  Innovative Service to Offer Users a Better Way to Manage Important Internet Content on Mobile  —  Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) continues to enable the global mobile ecosystem with the unveiling of Yahoo! onePlace(TM) - a revolutionary mobile content management solution.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo onePlace: Think Of It As MyYahoo For Mobile
Discussion: localmobilesearch.net
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Yahoo Debuts Mobile Bookmarking Tool
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft Silverlight coming to mobile devices this year
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Gizmodo
BBC:
Microsoft targets the mobile web
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Paul Miller / Engadget:
ASUS' 9-inch Eee PC, now with living pixels!  —  We showed you quite a bit of the 9-inch Eee PC from ASUS yesterday, but they wouldn't let us turn it on.  Now that CeBIT has officially begun, however, ASUS is lighting up those pixels loud and proud.  ASUS tells us the screen is 1024 x 600 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Worldwide Availability of Office Live Workspace Beta  —  Customers get immediate access to the new service that extends Microsoft Office, provides anywhere access to documents and enables sharing functionality.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the public availability …
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Movie studios could be behind missing iTunes rentals  —  When Steve Jobs announced iTunes Movie Rentals in January, he promised that iTunes would offer at least 1,000 movie rentals by the end of February, of which at least 100 would be HD rentals.  Since then, everyone just assumed that would actually be true.
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple well shy of movie rental goals  —  While Apple promised 1,000 movie rentals for the iTunes Store in January, an in-depth search reveals that only 384 movies are available — and that the rarer-still HD titles scarcely take full advantage of the format.
Discussion: Apple Gazette and iLounge
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Steven Spielberg's Ghost Town  —  Hollywood super producer Steven Spielberg is preparing to launch a new social network, we've heard from multiple sources.  The focus will be on users who've had or who are interested in sharing paranormal and extraterrestrial experiences.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Audiophiles can't tell the difference between Monster Cable and coat hangers  —  We've always believed that the perceived quality boost that comes from using high-end cables is really just a trick of the mind (read: justifying the ridiculous cost of premium cables to yourself) …
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
AMD Sets Sights on 45-nm  —  At CeBIT, AMD will offer demonstrations of its newest chip technology for servers and desktops.  —  AMD's first 45-nanometer processors are within sight.  —  At the 2008 CeBIT conference March 4 in Hannover, Germany, Advanced Micro Devices will demonstrate working 45-nm …
Discussion: GigaOM and Computerworld
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InfoWorld:
AMD launches 780 chip set for Puma, Cartwheel
Discussion: Computerworld
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
How the Barack Obama Campaign Uses Wikis to Organize Volunteers  —  The Republican nominating contest for President of the United States is all but sewn up — Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee are footnotes and with 256 GOP delegates at stake today, John McCain may have enough pledged delegates …
Discussion: Wired News and A VC
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sheryl Sandberg Will Become COO of Facebook  —  Facebook will announce that it will hire top Google executive Sheryl Sandberg as COO this afternoon, in a major hire that is sure to shake up the company and also deliver a blow to rival Google.  —  At Google, Sandberg is the vice president …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Spot Runner Acquires Online Marketer Weblistic  —  Santa Monica-based Spot Runner, which uses the web to help marketers buy TV ad spots, has acquired Weblistic, a provider of online marketing service for small business.  The acquisition expands the breadth of services offered by Spot Runner …
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
Discussion: TGDaily.com and The Tao of Mac
 
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ZDNet:
Sources: Samsung, Sony invest big on LCDs, Pioneer exits plasma
Discussion: Electronista
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Yahoo! Experiments in Reality Mining with Bluetooth MyBlogLog
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Finding that free space
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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Security vendors prep anti-virus software for Mac OS X
Discussion: BBC NEWS, AppleInsider and PC World
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Getting ready for Vista SP1
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Add Feeds to Google Reader in Internet Explorer 7
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