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5:50 AM ET, April 8, 2007


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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Since when does growing $4 Billion a year = Dead?  —  Paul Graham, founder of Y-Combinator, declares Microsoft is dead.  Paul must be living in a cave somewhere, or drunk on the Web 2.0 Kool-Aid.  Paul obviously wrote his headline to grab attention and attract links to his blog.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Is Microsoft dead?  Feh.  —  Paul Graham posits that Microsoft is dead and the cause of death is:  —  1. Murder by Google.  —  2. Oh who cares, it's all bulls**t.  —  In fact, Microsoft is not dead, because (come on get real) it's a company, and companies aren't living, and they don't die.
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Microsoft "Dead"?  Please.  —  Paul Graham, VC, and one of the many men behind Y Combinator, has pronounced that Microsoft is Dead.  Well, if this isn't one heckuva piece of linkbait.  And on a quiet April weekend, its probably going to reverb until Monday, thanks to getting Techmeme'd.
Washington Post:
Zell Wants End to Web's Free Ride  —  It's time for newspapers to stop giving away their stories to popular search engines such as Google, according to Samuel Zell, the real estate magnate whose bid for Tribune Co. was accepted this week.  —  In conversations before and after a speech Zell …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Sam Zell is going to lose billions on newspapers and the Washington Post has no idea what they're talking about.  —  I just read this quote from an interview with Sam Zell, the real-estate billionaire who paid billions for a bunch of newspapers, and who apparently has no idea how Google works.
Discussion: Traffick and Paul Kedrosky's …
Customer Reviews  —  Not a bad idea for the Wiimote.  I got this wii cuff, because my grandpa always throw the wiimote around.  He loose the grip of the remote sometimes, so this thing helps out the grandpa to play with my Wii.  Sigh~ you should get this, if you have kids or olders to play with your Wii.
Mark Shuttleworth:
Note to content owners: DRM doesn't work  —  There are some ideas that are broken, but attractive enough to some people that they are doomed to be tried again and again.  —  DRM is one of them.  —  I was thrilled to see recently that the processing key for *all* HD discs produced to date has been discovered and published.
Discussion: digg
Kristen Nicole / 606Tech:
Interview with Jaiku co-founder Jyri Engeström - Twitter Alternative  —  With the extreme popularity of Twitter, and the talk of how it should be acquired soon, it only makes sense that similar services emerge and gain traction as well.  Jaiku is Twitter's most relevant rival, and I can clearly see why.
Two Can Play: Mock ad showing NAB flip-flops  —  I figured that since the NAB can create anti-merger ads, I can just as well create my own pseudo-ad showing the NAB's inconsistencies.  So here goes:
Douglas A Karr / The Marketing Technology Blog:
I Canceled My Basecamp Account Today  —  In the past, I've been a fan of 37 Signals.  I believe that they were ahead of their day in user interface design and simplicity.  Their book, Getting Real, still has an impact in how I develop, design, and build product requirements.
Mark Boslet / Mercury News:
MarketWatch blogger resigns  —  Step comes after report on conflicts with a startup she founded  —  The blogosphere has been called the Wild West of the 21st century, a free-wheeling panoply of information from sources trustworthy and not.  —  This unrestrained environment was evident Friday …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Agence France-Presse, Google settle copyright dispute  —  update News agency Agence France-Presse has entered into a licensing deal with Google, ending the dispute between the two over AFP's articles appearing on Google News.  —  The agreement, announced Friday, allows Google to post AFP content …
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Red Octane Responds To Defective 360 Guitars  —  Free Jetpac Refuelled Game Guide Up  —  KIf you're one of the billions (estimated) who purchased Rare's remake Jetpac Refuelled on the Xbox Live Marketplace last week, I have some great news for you.  Rare has filled the cold manual void …
Discussion: 1P Start and digg
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Burke Hansen / The Register:
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