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12:21 PM 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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Charles Wiles / Google Code Blog:
Power up your mobile web applications  —  It's a mobile zoo out there.  If you've ever tried coding up a mobile client application, you've probably noticed that the huge variety of mobile operating systems makes it tough to build rich applications that work on every device.  We face the same challenges.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Gears Goes Mobile
Discussion: VoIP Blog and CrunchGear
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:   Zoho Writer Extends Mobile Support, Adds Offline Capability …
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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.
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft Silverlight coming to mobile devices this year
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Gizmodo
BBC:   Microsoft targets the mobile web
Joe Fay / The Register:
Yahoo! unveils third leg for managing mobile content  —  CeBIT Yahoo! sprouted the third leg of its mobile content strategy today, with the surprise launch of onePlace, an application that aggregates and filters users' content desires.  —  onePlace lines up with oneSearch …
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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.
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 …
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
AMD Sets Sites on 45-nm  —  At CeBIT, AMD will offer demonstrations of its newest chip technology for servers and desktops.  —  AMD's first 45-nanometer processors are within sight.  —  At the 2008 CeBIT conference March 4 in Hannover, Germany, Advanced Micro Devices will demonstrate working 45-nm …
Discussion: GigaOM and Computerworld
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Chip Sets / IDG News Service:
AMD Launches Chip Set for Puma, Cartwheel
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Computerworld
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) …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Worldwide Availability of Office Live Workspace Beta  —  Customers get immediate access to the new service that extends Microsoft Office, provides anywhere access to documents and enables sharing functionality.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the public availability …
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
Discussion: TGDaily.com and The Tao of Mac
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
How the Barack Obama Campaign Uses Wikis to Organize Volunteers  —  The Republican nominating contest for President of the United States is all but sewn up — Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee are footnotes and with 256 GOP delegates at stake today, John McCain may have enough pledged delegates …
Discussion: A VC and TechCrunch
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Dell gets rugged to pump up sales  —  The Latitude XFR D630 from Dell is not sexy.  —  But that's not the point.  The PC maker's first ruggedized notebook isn't having a New York coming-out party with runway models a la the colorful Inspiron and XPS laptops from last summer.
Discussion: eWeek, TGDaily.com and Electronista
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 …
Ambika Ahuja / Associated Press:
Om my: Are Buddhist monks flirting online?  —  BANGKOK, Thailand — The Thai government said Tuesday it was investigating claims that supposedly celibate Buddhist monks have been using a U.S.-based social networking website to flirt with women.  —  “We are looking for a way to monitor the use …
Discussion: AppScout
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Movie studios could be behind missing iTunes rentals  —  When Steve Jobs announced iTunes Movie Rentals in January, he promised that iTunes would offer at least 1,000 movie rentals by the end of February, of which at least 100 would be HD rentals.  Since then, everyone just assumed that would actually be true.
 
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