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8:25 PM ET, March 31, 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 …
Discussion: Digital Daily and jkOnTheRun
Janani Ravi / Official Google Blog:   Offline access to Google Docs
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Google Docs going offline - in a good way
Discussion: FastCompany.TV and Electronista
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here's A ScreenShot Of Publish2  —  Publish2, the stealth Digg-Clone-For-Journalists that announced a fundraising this morning, is being very quiet about exactly what their product is and how it works.  In an interview last week they told me only friends and family were testing it.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Publish2 In Private Beta
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Content owners should drop Yahoo for Google  —  Yahoo made a huge critical blunder today: they decided to compete with their customers.  Today they launched a content site called Shine dedicated to women.  It looks really slick, and they make a point of talking about all the great editors …
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Brandon Holley / Yodel Anecdotal:
Hear us roar
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: How Apple sells 45 million iPhones in 2009  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster took a lot of heat back in June 2007 when he predicted, three weeks before Apple even began selling the iPhone, that the company would be shipping them at the rate of 45 million a year by 2009.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Sub-$300 iPhone, 3G model seen driving 45M unit sales in 2009
Discussion: VentureBeat and Ubergizmo
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Report: Mozilla enterprise browser share hits 18 percent  —  On the same day that Mozilla is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its Mozilla source code release, Forrester Research analysts have released a new study that shows that Firefox's market share among business users has doubled in the past year, and is now at 18 percent.
Discussion: Digital Daily
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows: A Monopoly Shakes
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Chumby Picks Up $12.5 Million Series B Funding  —  Chumby Industries (love the name), makers of the Chumby Internet connected device, have picked up $12.5 million in Series B funding today.  The lead investor was JK&B Capital, and other participants included existing venture investors …
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”.
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Hi5 Launching OpenSocial Platform Today  —  Popular social networking site Hi5 is launching its implementation of the OpenSocial platform today, the first apps go live at noon PST.  The company is rolling out the apps very slowly, 1% of users will be able to access them at noon, 10% by the end of the day.
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Needs Immigrants, Facebook Doesn't  —  H1-B season kicks off tomorrow, and it will be short and random: There are five days to sign up for all 65,000 specialty work visas the U.S. is giving away, which are then given away by lottery.  Last year there was a 2 to 1 worker to visa ratio …
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iMac: ‘New and inferior,’ lawsuit says  —  Two complaints about Apple's popular aluminum iMac line — the “washed out” look of the 20-inch iMac that surfaced on Apple's discussion boards last summer (see here) and the “millions of colors” issue that was recently settled by the company …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
 
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Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Championship Gaming Series to open training center in China
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Facebook And CareerBuilder Collaborate On Targeted Ads …
Discussion: Reuters and Mashable!
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Dell closing plant as part of 8,800 layoffs
Discussion: Big Tech
ClickZ:
Survey: Consumers Familiar with Behavioral Targeting, Don't Love It
Reuters:
ISO to announce Microsoft Open XML result Wednesday
Nick Halstead / The fav.or.it Blog:
Giving the conversation back to the blog
InfoWorld:
With Vista breached, Linux remains unbeaten in hacking contest
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WetPaint Preparing Embeddable Wiki Product Called Balco
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Verizon:
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Sarbanes and Oxley, You Killed Our IPO Market—Are You Happy?
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Google's Gamble  —  As investors fear falling ad revenue …
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
The Semantic Web goes thin
jwz:
Happy Run Some Old Web Browsers Day!
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
After 38 years, a new type of memory to hit market
Darren Waters / BBC:
Spam blights e-mail 15 years on
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digg
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
ProBlogger Launches PayPerTweet