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9:50 AM ET, March 4, 2008

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Charles Wiles / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Shifting Google Gears to mobile  —  Ever use a mobile web application and suddenly lose your cell connection?  That's happened to me many times.  If you've shared my pain, you'll be excited to know that we've launched Google Gears for mobile, which lets users access Gears-enabled mobile web apps offline.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Silverlight Goes Mobile With Nokia  —  Nokia has signed up to use Microsoft's Silverlight platform for its S60 and S40 mobile devices as well as its Nokia Internet tablets, marking the first mobile win for the Redmond giant's rich media development framework.
Nokia:
Nokia to bring Microsoft Silverlight powered experiences to millions of mobile users  —  Extends choice for developers on the world's leading mobile platforms  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced plans to make Microsoft Silverlight available for S60 on Symbian OS …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to take Silverlight offline eventually, says exec  —  There are a number of software projects that enable Web applications to run offline, including Adobe's AIR, Google Gears, and the Mozilla Foundation's Prism.  What about Microsoft and its Silverlight browser plug-in?
Google Gears API Blog:
Google Gears in Your Pocket
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft Silverlight coming to mobile devices this year
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Gizmodo
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Writer Extends Mobile Support, Adds Offline Capability …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
IEBlog:
Microsoft's Interoperability Principles and IE8  —  We've decided that IE8 will, by default, interpret web content in the most standards compliant way it can.  This decision is a change from what we've posted previously.  —  Why Change?  —  Microsoft recently published a set of Interoperability Principles.
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Sanity prevails: IE8 will default to standard-compliant mode  —  In an impressive volte-face, Microsoft has decided that Internet Explorer 8 will default to being compliant with web standards after all, and will not, as previously announced, require web pages to explicitly opt in to conforming behavior.
Discussion: TGDaily.com and The Tao of Mac
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:   IE 8 Will Do the Right Thing
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Back on the Beat: Introducing OStatic, the Open Source Blog  —  I have spent the past two months recuperating from my medical setback - reading, rebuilding my physical strength and of course, writing an occasional blog post or two.  My doctors have given me permission to work — four hours a day …
Discussion: Furrier.org and Web Worker Daily
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Launches Ostatic Resource For Open Source Community
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Steven Spielberg's Ghost Town  —  Hollywood super producer Steven Spielberg is preparing to launch a new social network, we've heard from multiple sources.  The focus will be on users who've had or who are interested in sharing paranormal and extraterrestrial experiences.
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Audiophiles can't tell the difference between Monster Cable and coat hangers  —  We've always believed that the perceived quality boost that comes from using high-end cables is really just a trick of the mind (read: justifying the ridiculous cost of premium cables to yourself) …
Discussion: Consumerist, Boing Boing and Digg
PR Newswire:
TomTom Reveals Revolutionary IQ Routes(TM) Technology on New TomTom GO Series  —  ~ Unique route calculation method provides smartest routing on the market ~  —  TomTom, the world's largest portable navigation solutions provider, today announces ground- breaking features and unique content …
Sean Ammirati / ReadWriteWeb:
What Stanford Learned Building Facebook Apps  —  Dr. BJ Fogg and Dave McClure taught a class last semester at Stanford on Building Facebook Applications.  In 10 weeks, the 80 students had created 50+ applications and in total had over 20 Million installs - with 5 having more than 1 million users.
Msantjer / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Gates on Yahoo, Google and the next president  —  Guest post from P-I reporter Joseph Tartakoff:  —  At his speech this morning to the thousands gathered for the SharePoint Conference at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates took some questions …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
ASUS' 9-inch Eee PC, now with living pixels!  —  We showed you quite a bit of the 9-inch Eee PC from ASUS yesterday, but they wouldn't let us turn it on.  Now that CeBIT has officially begun, however, ASUS is lighting up those pixels loud and proud.  ASUS tells us the screen is 1024 x 600 …
 
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
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