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7:40 PM ET, March 30, 2008

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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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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Proof that the end is near  —  Over on Twitter I am unceremoniously blocking all tech industry superdelegates.  —  Let me explain.  —  Imagine if the tech industry was the Democratic Party, then the insider's insiders would be the superdelegates.  The people who talk about people talking …
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
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.
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 …
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:
Hands-On With the Asus Eee PC 4G Windows XP Version
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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 and Gizmodo
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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 …
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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.
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).
Discussion: Brij's One More Idea
Cali / GeekBrief.TV:
Introducing Woopra.  You're Gonna Want It.  —  Downloadable Formats  —  At WordCamp Dallas today, I was introduced to a live analytics tool called Woopra.  It didn't make me cry, but it did awaken my inner Scoble.  We whipped out the camera and went to work.
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: VoIP Blog, Mashable! and TechCrunch
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
 
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