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3:00 PM ET, March 30, 2008

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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
My social map is totally decentralized but I want it back on my blog  —  Here is a pic of my social map and the social software I use all the time for some (Twitter, Seesmic, Flickr, my blog) and some very occasionally.  —  We used to have our social online presence very centralized, for me it was my blog.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed, The Centralized Me, and Data Portability  —  It's definitely FriendFeed month in Silicon Valley.  The company, founded by ex-Googlers, let you aggregate information and activity streams from all of the various services that you use on the internet - Flickr photos, YouTube videos …
Mark Evans:
Why Original Blog Thought is So Difficult  —  Over the past few days, I've been thinking about Ed Bott's recent rant about Techmeme being a “template for a gazillion me-too bloggers who manage to write a dozen posts a day without ever expressing an original thought”.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Six Months In, And 600 Posts Later . . . The Worlds Of Blogging and Journalism Collide (In My Brain)  —  Blink, and six months go by.  Ever since I made the move from Time Inc. to TechCrunch, my life has become a whirlwind of nonstop blog posting, little sleep, and a growing addiction to news feeds, Techmeme, and my Blackberry.
Discussion: howardowens.com
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Asus Eee PC 4G Windows XP Version To Be Available at Best Buy for $399 In April  —  When we spoke earlier this month with Asus CEO Jerry Shen, he revealed that Windows XP versions of the Eee PC would be coming to market soon.  At the time we were so interested in the new 8.9-inch versions that we forgot to ask about the 7-inch version.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Engadget and WinBeta
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Windows XP Eee PC Available at Best Buy in April, Pricing Stays Sweet  —  Our buddies at LaptopMag have just published details about the long-rumored, US bound, Windows XP Eee PC.  The Windows XP version will go on sale at Best Buy for $399, and you won't have to wait too long either, as Asus expects the systems to ship on April 9th.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Hands-On With the Asus Eee PC 4G Windows XP Version  —  Asus expects its Eee PC running Microsoft Windows XP to outsell the Linux Xandros version of its hit mini-notebook.  But does the system have the performance potential?  Earlier this week the Windows XP version of the Eee PC 4G …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google has lots to do with intelligence  —  When the nation's intelligence agencies wanted a computer network to better share information about everything from al Qaeda to North Korea, they turned to a big name in the technology industry to supply some of the equipment: Google Inc.
Discussion: VoIP Blog and TechCrunch
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Coming Soon, to Any Flat Surface Near You  —  Tiny projectors may soon cast big images on walls, or even on train seatbacks.  At left, a prototype from Iljin DSP, hooked up to a cellphone.  At right, the Samsung MBP-100.  —  TIRED of hearing other people's cellphone conversations?  It may become worse.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Is Tagcow the Future of Photo Recognition and Tagging?  —  Ok, now I have no idea exactly how this works and I'm still trying to figure it out, but this could be something very, very cool.  —  On Thursday I got an email from a company called Tagcow.  Tagcow claims that they can automatically tag thousands of photos for you.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger and Mark Evans
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Image Recognition Problem Finally Solved: Let's Pay People To Tag Photos
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
What MicroHoo Might Be Like  —  Things have been quiet, very quiet at Yahoo and Microsoft this week, and that means one thing to me: A deal between the two has to be getting ever closer.  —  In fact, several sources within Yahoo tell me after a range of noisy internal activity by top brass …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Matt / WordPress:
WordPress 2.5  —  WordPress 2.5, the culmination of six months of work by the WordPress community, people just like you.  The improvements in 2.5 are numerous, and almost entirely a result of your feedback: multi-file uploading, one-click plugin upgrades, built-in galleries, customizable dashboard …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's New Rock Star Retention Program  —  Yahoo, in the midst of a fight to remain independent, is granting “golden handcuff” stock options to key employees.  The stock options are given to “key contributors” among the rank and file - senior executives are not eligible.
Discussion: Outside the Lines
 
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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:
TheNextWeb2008 Update: Love, Internet Access and Attention
Discussion: /Message
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
10 Millionth Article Written on Wikipedia
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Mashable! and Digg
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
HP Media Vault 2100 Linux Server Reviewed: One Kick-Ass Little Penguin
Discussion: Digg
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Dell's new approach to the Vista migration problem
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Latest iPhone 2.0 Firmware Unlocked Again in 24 Hours
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Get your German interior minister's fingerprint here
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Gallery: Mozilla at 10 - A Photo Tour of the Lizard's Lair
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Is Facebook Headed For China?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ex-Googlers Launching Startups To Attack Mother Ship