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12:25 AM ET, April 1, 2008

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Philip Tucker / Official Google Docs Blog:
Bringing the cloud with you  —  We know that many of you have been waiting for offline access to Google Docs, and I'm happy to tell you we'll be rolling it out over the next few weeks, starting today with a small percentage of users.  —  Here's why I'm excited about this development.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Google Docs getting offline access  —  Google Docs' word processor is finally getting offline access.  Using the free Google Gears extension, users will soon be able to read and edit their files even when they have no Internet connection.  —  The Gears-enabled version of Google Docs will roll …
Rbarbanica / FastCompany.TV:   Google Announces Offline Docs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why We're Suing Facebook For $25 Million In Statutory Damages  —  When I started TechCrunch nearly three years ago it was meant to be little more than a hobby.  I love startups, and writing about them was fun, not work.  But since then this hobby has grown into a real business.
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Jim Kerstetter / CNET News.com:
TechCrunch acquires Tiger Beat, will rename it CrunchKids
Discussion: ParisLemon
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM's iPhone Killer: Just Like iPhone, But Crappier  —  Research in Motion's iPhone killer, the Blackberry 9000, has finally been spotted in the wild.  (AAPL) (RIMM) Engadget has pics, one of which is on right (9000 on right, Blackberry Brick on left).  Some observations:  —  RIM ripped off the iPhone!
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Anil Dash:
Your April Fool's Day Joke Continues to Suck  —  Having been blogging for a few years, I've developed a few annual traditions.  This one's a favorite: Warning you off of lame April Fool's jokes on the web.  Every year, I get called a curmudgeon, or lambasted for having no sense of humor.
Discussion: Extraface
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
The Transition to a Mac-ready Workforce  —  This is a few days old, but I didn't have a chance to write about it: A new Morgan Stanley survey suggests that 40% of college students plan to buy a Mac as their next computer.  I mention this because it goes along exactly with what I've been saying for a while …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Web surfers know advertisers are watching—and don't like it  —  When I visit digg, I most often get ads for shoes available at Cole Haan and Nine West.  Incidentally, I happen to like shoes from those retailers, and although I don't really need to buy new shoes, I find myself clicking through …
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InfoWorld:
Norway asks to suspend its ‘Yes’ vote on OOXML  —  Members of the Norwegian technical committee that voted to ratify Microsoft's OOXML document format as an ISO standard are protesting that decision even before the full results of the standards body's vote on the technology have been announced.
Discussion: ZDNet Government
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile demands Engadget Mobile discontinue using the color magenta  —  So last week Deutsche Telekom, owners of the global T-Mobile brand, sent Engadget a late birthday present: a hand-delivered letter direct from their German legal department requesting the prompt discontinuation …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Venture Capitalists Fight Back Against TheFunded  —  TheFunded, a site where entrepreneurs can leave anonymous feedback about their experiences with venture capitalists, has created quite a stir on Sand Hill Road.  Rarely do I meet with a VC without the subject of it coming up, and how unfair it is.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TheFunded.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
YouTube RickRolls Users  —  If you aren't familiar with RickRolling - it's when someone puts a link on website to something, but it actually takes you to a music video of Rick Astley's “hit” song Never Gonna Give You Up.  —  YouTube is RickRolling its own users on April 1.
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Sharing My Location Just the Way I Like It  —  I've been waiting eagerly for FireEagle.  It launched at ETech (video & Radar post).  It's Yahoo's service for brokering locations.  The app itself is very simple and clear; it's the way it should be because it can be used to make some very big mistakes.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows: A Monopoly Shakes  —  [Editor's Note: This is the first of two posts pulling data from Forrester report, “Enterprise Desktop And Web 2.0/SaaS Platform Trends, 2007”.]  —  Forrester Research published the data on Thursday, but only released it publicly today.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Xoopit Turns Inbox Into a Social Network  —  Xoopit, a San Francisco-based company, has developed technologies that can turn your GMail (or for that matter, any IMAP email) account into a social environment that is most relevant to you.  The company, which also is announcing a new $5 million round …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Sarbanes and Oxley, You Killed Our IPO Market—Are You Happy?  —  There's one sure way to make sure investors don't lose money in initial public offerings: Make sure there are none.  And “none” is barely an exaggeration.  As Vas Sridharan notes, there has been exactly one (1) ONE Valley IPO this year.
Discussion: AccMan Pro
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
April 1st, The Annual Day Without Google - Can You Live Without It For One Day?  —  Our network blog has just announced an annual ‘Day Without Google’, starting tomorrow April 1st.  ASE editor Charles Knight writes: “All we're asking is that for One Day you try one of the Top 100 Alternative Search Engines”.
 
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Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Web 3.0 isn't the Semantic Web, it's Hailstorm 2.0. …
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
How Google Can Eat Amazon's Lunch
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Amazon Does Damage Control On Its Print-On-Demand Demands
Martin Hodgson / Guardian:
Teenager guilty of million-dollar hacking campaign
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Gone In A Flash  —  Intel is starting to run out of businesses it can get rid of.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
ikordo cancels all meetings [Falco]
Mitchell / Mitchell's Blog:
Mozilla Turns 10 Today
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Sony BMG's hypocrisy: company busted for using warez
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Digg
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Dell closing plant as part of 8,800 layoffs
Discussion: Big Tech
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Needs Immigrants, Facebook Doesn't
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WetPaint Preparing Embeddable Wiki Product Called Balco
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iMac: ‘New and inferior,’ lawsuit says
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless And LG Introduce The Slim enV(2)™ By LG
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
The Semantic Web goes thin
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here's A ScreenShot Of Publish2
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Chumby Picks Up $12.5 Million Series B Funding
 

 
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Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Though the UK's ICO says it's “disappointed” with Google's not deprecating third-party cookies, the regulator has only weakly enforced data protection laws

Max Goldbart / Deadline:
BBC plans to lay off 500 more staff by March 2026 and reports a £263M operating deficit in 2023/24, up from £193M in 2022/23, projected to be £492M in 2024/25

 
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