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7:30 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
Janani Ravi / Official Google Blog:
Offline access to Google Docs  —  Our team has a real affinity for free-spirited types, and so we spend a lot of time thinking up ways to make Google Docs friendlier even to people on the go.  If you're one of those, you already know how you can access your Google Docs from anywhere …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Google Docs going offline - in a good way
Discussion: FastCompany.TV and Electronista
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
Jim Thompson / brandchannel.com:
Brandjunkies on the Influence of Brands: The 2008 Brandjunkie Survey Results  —  So, just what does a man in Algeria between the ages of 40 and 45 feel about the McDonald's brand?  Or what does a woman in the Philippines between the ages of 26 and 30 think of Google's brand?
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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!
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 …
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 …
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 …
jwz:
Happy Run Some Old Web Browsers Day!  —  computers, linux, mac, nscp, retrocomputing  —  Happy Run Some Old Web Browsers Day!  —  In honor of the ten year anniversary of the Mozilla project, home.mcom.com, the Internet Web Site of the Mosaic Communications Corporation, is now back online.
Discussion: Compiler, Ajaxian and Boing Boing
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.
ClickZ:
Survey: Consumers Familiar with Behavioral Targeting, Don't Love It  —  Almost three-quarters of people responding to a survey said they're aware of behavioral targeting, though far fewer know it by that name.  —  The results were published in a report, “2008 Study: Consumer Attitudes …
 
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Needs Immigrants, Facebook Doesn't
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Reuters:
ISO to announce Microsoft Open XML result Wednesday
Nick Halstead / The fav.or.it Blog:
Giving the conversation back to the blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Venture Capitalists Fight Back Against TheFunded
Discussion: TheFunded.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WetPaint Preparing Embeddable Wiki Product Called Balco
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple charged with ‘fraudulent concealment’ in iMac suit
Discussion: Gizmodo
Verizon:
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Sarbanes and Oxley, You Killed Our IPO Market—Are You Happy?
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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Google's Gamble  —  As investors fear falling ad revenue …
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The Semantic Web goes thin
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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?
Darren Waters / BBC:
Spam blights e-mail 15 years on
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digg
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 first impressions
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mahalo Updates: Now a Research Engine, Want Pay?  Write More Words, SEO Critical
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ProBlogger Launches PayPerTweet