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10:15 PM ET, March 30, 2008

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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 …
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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”.
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.
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stats Junkies Get Another Fix: Woopra  —  Want to talk to the people visiting your blog in real time via a chat request?  That's just one of the features of new stats/analytics startup Woopra.  Think Google Analytics or Nuconomy, but in real time.  —  The product includes real time statistics …
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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, CrunchGear and Digg
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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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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Microhoo: When will the mating dance end?  —  The Microsoft-Yahoo mating dance or proposed shotgun wedding continues to drag out.  Microsoft persists in saying nice things about Yahoo and outlining the reasons why the acquisition of $45 to $50 billion still makes sense (going after the high profit margin money with search and ads).
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
What MicroHoo Might Be Like  —  Things have been quiet …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft-Yahoo Silence Means “We're Negotiating”
Discussion: TechCrunch
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Online Chat, as Inspired by Real Chat  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Compared with other forms of human interaction, online social networking is really not all that social.  —  People visit each other's MySpace pages and Facebook profiles at various hours of the day, posting messages and sending e-mail back and forth across the digital void.
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Hollywood Producer Set to Make Shows for Xbox  —  LOS ANGELES — Microsoft, seeking to expand offerings on its Xbox 360 console, has reached an agreement with a company headed by Peter Safran, the veteran Hollywood producer and talent manager, to produce original shows for distribution on the system.
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.
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Windows XP Eee PC Available at Best Buy in April, Pricing Stays Sweet
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Source: Buzznet Acquires Qloud's Network of Music Apps  —  A source close to the company tells us that Qloud, the music application maker backed by Steve Case, has been sold to Buzznet for a “little over their last round valuation.”  This news comes on the heels of Buzznet raising …
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).
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Q&A with Mozilla's John Lilly on 10 years of Mozilla and the future of browsers
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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:
TheNextWeb2008 Update: Love, Internet Access and Attention
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Is Tagcow the Future of Photo Recognition and Tagging?
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google has lots to do with intelligence
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