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5:15 PM ET, March 30, 2008

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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
My social map is totally decentralized but I want it back on my blog  —  Here is a pic of my social map and the social software I use all the time for some (Twitter, Seesmic, Flickr, my blog) and some very occasionally.  —  We used to have our social online presence very centralized, for me it was my blog.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed, The Centralized Me, and Data Portability  —  It's definitely FriendFeed month in Silicon Valley.  The company, founded by ex-Googlers, let you aggregate information and activity streams from all of the various services that you use on the internet - Flickr photos, YouTube videos …
Mark Evans:
Why Original Blog Thought is So Difficult  —  Over the past few days, I've been thinking about Ed Bott's recent rant about Techmeme being a “template for a gazillion me-too bloggers who manage to write a dozen posts a day without ever expressing an original thought”.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Six Months In, And 600 Posts Later . . . The Worlds Of Blogging and Journalism Collide (In My Brain)  —  Blink, and six months go by.  Ever since I made the move from Time Inc. to TechCrunch, my life has become a whirlwind of nonstop blog posting, little sleep, and a growing addiction to news feeds, Techmeme, and my Blackberry.
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Windows XP Eee PC Available at Best Buy in April, Pricing Stays Sweet  —  Our buddies at LaptopMag have just published details about the long-rumored, US bound, Windows XP Eee PC.  The Windows XP version will go on sale at Best Buy for $399, and you won't have to wait too long either, as Asus expects the systems to ship on April 9th.
Discussion: Electronista and GottaBeMobile
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Asus Eee PC 4G Windows XP Version To Be Available at Best Buy for $399 In April  —  When we spoke earlier this month with Asus CEO Jerry Shen, he revealed that Windows XP versions of the Eee PC would be coming to market soon.  At the time we were so interested in the new 8.9-inch versions that we forgot to ask about the 7-inch version.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Engadget and WinBeta
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Hands-On With the Asus Eee PC 4G Windows XP Version
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google has lots to do with intelligence  —  When the nation's intelligence agencies wanted a computer network to better share information about everything from al Qaeda to North Korea, they turned to a big name in the technology industry to supply some of the equipment: Google Inc.
Discussion: Mashable!, VoIP Blog and TechCrunch
The iPhone Project:
The iPhone: finally PWNED  —  As of tomorrow, Sunday, March 30′th, the long awaited project iPhone PWNED will be available to the public! - it's what we've seen on YouTube and many of us have disbelieved.  However, it is real and allows for custom unsigned firmware to be flashed on to the iPhone.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo and Engadget
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
What MicroHoo Might Be Like  —  Things have been quiet, very quiet at Yahoo and Microsoft this week, and that means one thing to me: A deal between the two has to be getting ever closer.  —  In fact, several sources within Yahoo tell me after a range of noisy internal activity by top brass …
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Is Tagcow the Future of Photo Recognition and Tagging?  —  Ok, now I have no idea exactly how this works and I'm still trying to figure it out, but this could be something very, very cool.  —  On Thursday I got an email from a company called Tagcow.  Tagcow claims that they can automatically tag thousands of photos for you.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger and Mark Evans
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Image Recognition Problem Finally Solved: Let's Pay People To Tag Photos
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Coming Soon, to Any Flat Surface Near You  —  Tiny projectors may soon cast big images on walls, or even on train seatbacks.  At left, a prototype from Iljin DSP, hooked up to a cellphone.  At right, the Samsung MBP-100.  —  TIRED of hearing other people's cellphone conversations?  It may become worse.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Windows Search 4.0 vs. Google Desktop 5.5  —  Microsoft released an updated version of Windows Search, its free desktop search client the other day.  And while there are dozens of excellent desktop search clients, including a few good free ones, it seems inevitable that people are going to compare Windows Search to Google Desktop.
Discussion: WinExtra
Fred / A VC:
Uncertainty  —  I've been having a running debate with Henry Blodget in the comments section of this Alley Insider post on their effort to create a list of the “World's 25 Most Valuable Startups”.  I think these lists are dumb (including the SA100 which was an attempt to list the “players” on the internet scene in NYC).
 
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:
TheNextWeb2008 Update: Love, Internet Access and Attention
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Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Dell's new approach to the Vista migration problem
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Get your German interior minister's fingerprint here
Discussion: Slashdot
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Yahoo's New Rock Star Retention Program
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ex-Googlers Launching Startups To Attack Mother Ship
 

 
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