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    Some Crazy OPML hits

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    There is so much going on in the OPML space. Hard keeping up. Some Crazy OPML hits for you: Lisa Williams - The Blog on My Keychain (update: here's another post along the same lines by Matt Mower) Crazy Cool Grazr uses Bela Labovitch - New...
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    Niall Kennedy is joining Microsoft.

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    Best news I've heard in a while. Niall Kennedy is joining Microsoft . He's going to be helping the Windows Live team build an RSS / Atom based syndication platform for consumption across devices... "I want RSS and Atom syndication technologies...
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    'You can buy software, but you can’t buy *community*.'

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    Timothy O'Brien begins his analysis of the acquisition of JBoss by RedHat with a thought provoking opener: "You can buy software, but you can’t buy “community”." Discuss .
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    VS Express - what do you want?

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    Our next version of Visual Studio (the next version of the product is known internally as 'Orcas') is getting built out. John Montgomery, a PM in the VS team, is looking for feedback - specifically on how the Express editions of the product could be...
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    Seattle Mind Camp 2.0

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    Excellent. I've registered to attend Seattle Mind Camp 2.0 taking place April 29 to April 30 (yup, three weeks time!). Chris Pirillo's Lockergnome is sponsoring - I suspect other sponsors will be announced soon. If you can, you should go too, but don...
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    Information overload in 1848

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    Information overload in 1848: "In 1848 the New York businessman W.E. Dodge was already feeling the effects of always-on connectivity:“The merchant goes home after a day of hard work and excitement to a late dinner, trying amid the family circle...
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    Transparent desktop

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    First time I've seen this new transparent desktop wallpaper download . The amazing thing is that it works everywhere.
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    Ruby.NET

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    As some other Microsoft bloggers have noted, this ' Ruby.NET ' project looks very interesting... So, is this a rogue project? Is Microsoft freaking over this? I don't think so... From the 'Acklowledgement' section of the project info page : ...
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    Interview with Dr Flakenstein

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    John Battelle has an interesting interview with Gary Flake (A.K.A "Dr Flakenstein"), Technical Fellow at Microsoft and Founder & director of Microsoft Live Labs (see manifesto here). - Tags: Microsoft , MSN
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    Semantic web heads - 'More doing, Less theorizing'. Please.

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    The Guardian takes a look at where we are with Tim Berners-Lee's semantic web. Conclusion? Not very far given the promise of the idea. So far. In the article there seems to be some kind of aha! expressed by TBL - enough theory already! "Berners...
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    Animated conversation

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    What is this? Conversations visualized. This clip (.wmv) shows the pattern below in motion. " CYCLONE.SOC brings together two contemporary phenomena: - severe weather, the project uses weather data that charts the emergence and progress of...
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    Go and OPML yourself

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    Go and OPML yourself. I did. Why? 'Cause I'm an idiot. A happy OPMLish idiot. - Tags: OPML click to get the big picture
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    'myware' but without the 'my'?

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    I have to agree with Steve Gillmor on this: "All proprietary clouds of data obtained without the users' permission are tainted, and it's my bet (GestureBank) that given a choice between an open pool and any proprietary one, the open pool will implicitly...
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    RSS, microformats, Live Clipboards and Screencasts

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    Some great posting going on re: microformats / RSS / Live Clipboard. First to point out is Ray Ozzie's update (posted April 1st, but no jokes...) on some of the discussions taking place since the Live Clipboards announcement . Links to more resources...
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    Beta or CTP?

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    Brad Abrams, a Group Program Manager at Microsoft, asks for feedback regarding customers' preference of Beta vs CTPs (Community Technology Previews). "So what do you think? Do “betas” offer you\your customers something specific that CTPs don’t?...
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    MSDN TV - Extending RSS with Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE)

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    A little while ago, Amyloo suggested that Microsoft has gone a bit quite on the RSS + SSE front. Amy - I found something for you: check out this new video with the RSS team talking SSE ... "Paresh Suthar and George Moromisato talk about the creation...
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    Your browser history as Attention data?

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    Have you thought of your browser history as attention data? I have some thoughts on this. Not all good. Two companies are thinking this way. Tailrank is one. You can go to this Import page and give the site permission to look at your browser history...
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    Microformats Podcast

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    Microformats Podcast Here's a great podcast for you. All about microformats ... Joining me are Tantek Çelik , Dan Connolly and Rohit Khare . I think it's safe to say these guys know a thing or two about the web and microformats. As usual, show...
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    RSS 101 screencast (en française)

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    Claire Ulrich has created a French voiceover version (.avi) of the my RSS 101 screencast . Bon apetit. Claire Ulrich a créé une version française de commentaire (.avi) du mon screencast de RSS 101 . Enjoy. - Tags: RSS française screencast
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    RSS + SLE (real world) examples

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    Sean Lyndersay over on the IE team blog posted about the RSS Simple List Extensions (SLE) and how they are being used today. (Note you need IE 7 to see the SLE functionality in-browser. Since not everyone will (or can) try out the IE7 beta, I've created...
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    Geometry Wars - video nuts.

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    I've been playing Geometry Wars (Evolved) on my 360. It got to the point where I thought 'this is just getting impossible!'. Too many nasties trying to do me in... So I hunted around for how I might improve and came across these videos by some total...
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    My 6 predictions on microformats

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    Joshua Allen helped organize the microformats and structured blogging unofficial session at Mix this week with Marc Canter and Tantek . Joshua has posted 6 predictions on the topic of microformats that are worth a read (thanks to Tommy for the pointer...
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    I'm getting one of these.

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    Shawn reminded me of something I showed him this week. The t-shirt , that is. I'm ordering too.
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    On Jigsaw

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    On Jigsaw, what Michael said .
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    Recommendation and the Harry Potter Problem

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    Greg Linden used to work at Amazon. From time to time he'll recount one of his 'early days at Amazon' stories on his blog giving some insight into the development challenges in building the world's largest online shop. In his latest post , Greg...
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