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10:55 PM ET, March 31, 2008


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Philip Tucker / Official Google Docs Blog:
Bringing the cloud with you  —  We know that many of you have been waiting for offline access to Google Docs, and I'm happy to tell you we'll be rolling it out over the next few weeks, starting today with a small percentage of users.  —  Here's why I'm excited about this development.
Rafe Needleman /
Google Docs getting offline access  —  Google Docs' word processor is finally getting offline access.  Using the free Google Gears extension, users will soon be able to read and edit their files even when they have no Internet connection.  —  The Gears-enabled version of Google Docs will roll …
Discussion: Digital Daily and jkOnTheRun
Janani Ravi / Official Google Blog:
Offline access to Google Docs
Discussion: Download Squad and Electronista
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why We're Suing Facebook For $25 Million In Statutory Damages  —  When I started TechCrunch nearly three years ago it was meant to be little more than a hobby.  I love startups, and writing about them was fun, not work.  But since then this hobby has grown into a real business.
Jim Kerstetter / CNET
TechCrunch acquires Tiger Beat, will rename it CrunchKids  —  In a stunning move that caught the blogosphere off-guard, TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington announced Monday that his fast-growing blog empire is acquiring the venerable teen magazine and Web site Tiger Beat from the magazine's parent company, Laufer Media.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM's iPhone Killer: Just Like iPhone, But Crappier  —  Research in Motion's iPhone killer, the Blackberry 9000, has finally been spotted in the wild.  (AAPL) (RIMM) Engadget has pics, one of which is on right (9000 on right, Blackberry Brick on left).  Some observations:  —  RIM ripped off the iPhone!
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows: A Monopoly Shakes  —  [Editor's Note: This is the first of two posts pulling data from Forrester report, “Enterprise Desktop And Web 2.0/SaaS Platform Trends, 2007”.]  —  Forrester Research published the data on Thursday, but only released it publicly today.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Report: Mozilla enterprise browser share hits 18 percent
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and Digital Daily
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile demands Engadget Mobile discontinue using the color magenta  —  So last week Deutsche Telekom, owners of the global T-Mobile brand, sent Engadget a late birthday present: a hand-delivered letter direct from their German legal department requesting the prompt discontinuation …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Venture Capitalists Fight Back Against TheFunded  —  TheFunded, a site where entrepreneurs can leave anonymous feedback about their experiences with venture capitalists, has created quite a stir on Sand Hill Road.  Rarely do I meet with a VC without the subject of it coming up, and how unfair it is.
Discussion: VentureBeat and
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
April 1st, The Annual Day Without Google - Can You Live Without It For One Day?  —  Our network blog has just announced an annual ‘Day Without Google’, starting tomorrow April 1st.  ASE editor Charles Knight writes: “All we're asking is that for One Day you try one of the Top 100 Alternative Search Engines”.
Verizon Wireless And LG Introduce The Slim enV(2)™ By LG  —  Successor to the Popular enV by LG, the Slim, Stylish enV2 Comes in Two Hot New Colors Along with Larger External Keys and Internal Display  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Chumby Picks Up $12.5 Million Series B Funding  —  Chumby Industries (love the name), makers of the Chumby Internet connected device, have picked up $12.5 million in Series B funding today.  The lead investor was JK&B Capital, and other participants included existing venture investors …
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
The Transition to a Mac-ready Workforce  —  This is a few days old, but I didn't have a chance to write about it: A new Morgan Stanley survey suggests that 40% of college students plan to buy a Mac as their next computer.  I mention this because it goes along exactly with what I've been saying for a while …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WetPaint Preparing Embeddable Wiki Product Called Balco  —  Seattle based wiki-startup Wetpaint has been talking to a number of big content sites about a new product they'll be releasing soon, we've heard.  The screen shot above is a mock-up that Wetpaint is using to pitch potential partners.
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here's A ScreenShot Of Publish2  —  Publish2, the stealth Digg-Clone-For-Journalists that announced a fundraising this morning, is being very quiet about exactly what their product is and how it works.  In an interview last week they told me only friends and family were testing it.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iMac: ‘New and inferior,’ lawsuit says  —  Two complaints about Apple's popular aluminum iMac line — the “washed out” look of the 20-inch iMac that surfaced on Apple's discussion boards last summer (see here) and the “millions of colors” issue that was recently settled by the company …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Silicon Alley Insider
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Martin Hodgson / Guardian:
Teenager guilty of million-dollar hacking campaign
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Gone In A Flash  —  Intel is starting to run out of businesses it can get rid of.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
ikordo cancels all meetings [Falco]
Mitchell / Mitchell's Blog:
Mozilla Turns 10 Today
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Sony BMG's hypocrisy: company busted for using warez
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Digg
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Dell closing plant as part of 8,800 layoffs
Discussion: Big Tech
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Needs Immigrants, Facebook Doesn't
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Nick Halstead / The Blog:
Giving the conversation back to the blog
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Hi5 Launching OpenSocial Platform Today
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Sarbanes and Oxley, You Killed Our IPO Market—Are You Happy?
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The Semantic Web goes thin
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Xoopit Turns Inbox Into a Social Network
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