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4:45 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 …
Sir Richard Branson / Official Google Blog:
Announcing Project Virgle  —  In my life, I've had a lot of exciting adventures and launched a lot of ambitious business ventures.  I'm delighted today to announce Virgle, Inc., a joint venture between the Virgin Group and Google which qualifies on both counts.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google And Virgin Team For Human Settlement On Mars  —  Sir Richard Branson has announced on the Google Blog Virgle, a joint Google/ Virgin project to establish permanent human settlement on Mars.  —  Sir Richard writes: … Virgle is currently taking applications on its site here.
Discussion: I4U News and Mashable!
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.
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
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Web 3.0 isn't the Semantic Web, it's Hailstorm 2.0.  Why it Matters & How Microsoft-Yahoo can beat Google.  —  note: this isn't an April Fool's post, at least not intentionally...  Semantic Web, WTF?  —  Nigga please, tell me something i give a s**t about.
Discussion: Outside the Lines
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.
Austin Modine / The Register:
Dell axes 900 jobs in Austin plant shutdown  —  But hey, $3bn in savings!  —  Round Rock's Sword of Dell-ocles has once again dropped on employees of the world's number two PC manufacturer.  —  Dell today said it will close its Austin, Texas desktop PC manufacturing plant and lay-off 800-900 workers.
Discussion: IT News Digest and CNN
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Dell:
Dell Driving Actions to Enhance Competitiveness, Optimize Operations
Discussion: Between the Lines
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 …
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
How Google Can Eat Amazon's Lunch  —  I can't believe I'm going to do this, but I'm going to do it.  —  Yesterday, Dave Winer ranted about how blogs have become an ecosystem of recycled conversations about an original thought that happened long ago.  Even so, I am going to talk about a post that Dave Winer wrote this weekend.
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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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
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Sony BMG's hypocrisy: company busted for using warez  —  Sony BMG is no stranger to piracy.  As one of the most vocal supporters of the RIAA and IFPI antipiracy efforts, the company has some experience hunting down and punishing consumers who don't pay for its products.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Digg
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 …
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Amazon Does Damage Control On Its Print-On-Demand Demands
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Sharing My Location Just the Way I Like It  —  I've been waiting eagerly for FireEagle.
InfoWorld:
Norway asks to suspend its ‘Yes’ vote on OOXML
Martin Hodgson / Guardian:
Teenager guilty of million-dollar hacking campaign
Mitchell / Mitchell's Blog:
Mozilla Turns 10 Today
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Dell closing plant as part of 8,800 layoffs
Discussion: Big Tech
 Earlier Items: 
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Needs Immigrants, Facebook Doesn't
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iMac: ‘New and inferior,’ lawsuit says
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Sarbanes and Oxley, You Killed Our IPO Market—Are You Happy?
Discussion: AccMan Pro
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
The Semantic Web goes thin
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
After 38 years, a new type of memory to hit market
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
April 1st, The Annual Day Without Google - Can You Live Without It For One Day?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Xoopit Turns Inbox Into a Social Network
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM's iPhone Killer: Just Like iPhone, But Crappier