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12:00 PM ET, March 2, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Office Online and Attacking The Innovator's Dilemma  —  Nick Carr has a lead on the story that we all knew was coming eventually: Key Microsoft applications, including Office, may be moving online, soon.  Carr's source says to look for enterprise applications to move online …
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Nick / Rough Type:
Rumor: Microsoft about to unveil web-apps strategy  —  Put your ears to the ground, my friends, for the Beast of Redmond may be stirring.  I've heard that Microsoft has begun briefing its large enterprise clients on an expansive and detailed strategy for moving its software business into the cloud.
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Is an offline version of Silverlight coming at MIX next week?  —  There have been rumors for a while and today TechCrunch says they've been hearing that an offline version of Silverlight is coming to compete with Adobe AIR.  Currently, despite a lot of comparisons in the tech media world …
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Online Scrabble Craze Leaves Game Sellers at Loss for Words  —  NEW DELHI — The latest bane of office productivity is Scrabulous, a virtual knockoff of the Scrabble board game, with over 700,000 players a day and nearly three million registered users.  —  Fans of the game are obsessive.
Discussion: GigaOM
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
i-mate's US outpost implodes, most laid off  —  We've caught wind from a number of employees — or ex-employees, as the case may be — that i-mate's US division in Redmond, Washington has all but disintegrated after a Friday bloodbath that saw the entire engineering, QA, and tech writing departments laid off, among others.
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Biographicon Wants To Be Wikipedia For The Non-Notable Masses  —  Having a page put up about you in Wikipedia is difficult, mostly because of the Notability requirement for inclusion - and you aren't “notable” unless you've received significant media coverage elsewhere.
Discussion: KillerStartups.com
Dan Farber / CNET News.com:
Google CEO Schmidt practices the art of stonewalling  —  It's been a busy week in the tech world, but the newsroom highlight of the week had more to do with what was not said.  Our own Elinor Mills was dispatched on short notice from San Francisco to Orlando, Fla., to interview Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
Discussion: WinBeta
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
My stunted interview with Google's Eric Schmidt
Discussion: Ryan Block
Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
Japanese robots enter daily life  —  TOKYO — At a university lab in a Tokyo suburb, engineering students are wiring a rubbery robot face to simulate six basic expressions: anger, fear, sadness, happiness, surprise and disgust.  —  Hooked up to a database of words clustered by association …
Discussion: Slashdot and Digg
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Twitter Details SXSW Traffic Preparation Measures  —  We've written about Twitter and their server/capacity issues since day 1.  This week we saw downtime which could be related to heavy usage at the future of web apps conference.  Next week is Twitter's superbowl: SXSW.
David Watanabe / DWBlog:
newsfire... the news starts here!  —  Today's a big day for NewsFire.  After much internal debate, I've made the decision that as of today, NewsFire is totally free.  No feature restrictions, no ads, no cut-down ‘lite’ version... this is the real deal.  —  For those new to this …
Mark Evans:
So How is Wordpress Going to Make Money, Matt?  —  It's difficult not to like Wordpress (especially if you're a blogger!) but after its parent, Automattic, raised $29.5-million earlier this year, there was a fair bit of head-scratching out why it needed so much dough and how its investors …
Discussion: Geek News Central and TechCrunch
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Innovation comes cheap, says Google engineer Kevin Marks  —  MIAMI—When the Future of Web Apps conference wound down Friday night, a few things were clear, not the least of which is the fact that open standards are a big deal.  —  Google engineer Kevin Marks gave a talk at FOWA …
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Egan Orion / Inquirer:
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
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The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T stores to offer refurbished iPhones with new activations, $199 and $249
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Why I'm Fed Up with TED  —  Maybe it's sour grapes …
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