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1:00 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: CNET News.com, VoIP Blog and CrunchGear
Shashank / The Buxfer Post:   Offline access from your Windows Mobile device
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft Silverlight coming to mobile devices this year
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Gizmodo
BBC:
Microsoft targets the mobile web
Discussion: dailywireless.org
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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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 …
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.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple well shy of movie rental goals  —  While Apple promised 1,000 movie rentals for the iTunes Store in January, an in-depth search reveals that only 384 movies are available — and that the rarer-still HD titles scarcely take full advantage of the format.
Discussion: Apple Gazette and iLounge
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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.
Chip Sets / IDG News Service:
AMD Launches Chip Set for Puma, Cartwheel  —  At Cebit AMD unveiled its 55-nanometer 780G chip set for the upcoming Cartwheel and Puma packages.  —  Advanced Micro Devices took a step closer to the introduction of its upcoming Cartwheel and Puma chip packages with the introduction …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Computerworld
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
AMD Sets Sites on 45-nm
Discussion: GigaOM 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: Wired News and A VC
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sheryl Sandberg Will Become COO of Facebook  —  Facebook will announce that it will hire top Google executive Sheryl Sandberg as COO this afternoon, in a major hire that is sure to shake up the company and also deliver a blow to rival Google.  —  At Google, Sandberg is the vice president …
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats
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 …
 
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