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11:30 PM ET, April 15, 2007


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Duncan J. Watts / New York Times:
Is Justin Timberlake a Product of Cumulative Advantage?  —  As anyone who follows the business of culture is aware, the profits of cultural industries depend disproportionately on the occasional outsize success — a blockbuster movie, a best-selling book or a superstar artist — to offset the many investments that fail dismally.
Mathew /
Digg, the echo chamber and Matthew  —  Paul Kedrosky points to a fascinating study that was written about in the New York Times magazine this weekend (it figures that the one time I put aside the mag without reading it, it will have a fascinating story in it), which looked at the theory of "cumulative advantage."
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   The Matthew Effect in Social Networks
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
The First Law of Ambient Broadcasting (Or, Twitter)  —  As it refers to the evolving discussion around the rapidly evolving technologies which are able to track and broadcast your activities 24/7, such as Twitter or Ustream, Mathew Ingram asks the question that begs to be asked: "How Much Is Too Much?"
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Microsoft bidding up acquisitions on purpose?  —  Don Dodge, who works at Microsoft, offers up some interesting analysis of Google and Microsoft's acquisition strategy.  Not saying I agree with it, but it does make for fun Sunday-morning reading.  —  Oh, there's plenty of "paying more later" behavior on every side of the fence.
Discussion: Digital Markets
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft and DoubleClick: What if Redmond wanted to lose?  —  The pundits have spoken: Chalk up another win for Google and another loss for Microsoft in the bidding war for display-ad vendor DoubleClick.  —  Many industry watchers believe Google was wiling to pay a whopping $3.1 billion …
Discussion: alarm:clock and InsideGoogle
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple keynote: live from NAB 2007  —  Welcome, welcome!  Things aren't yet underway at Apple's Lights Camera Apple NAB keynote event, but be sure to check back here at this post for updates as things get started.  We'll be getting underway shortly.  —  10:30am PST - They've got us in the media corral …
Ina Fried / CNET
Companies want scrutiny of Google-DoubleClick deal  —  Several companies, including Yahoo, AT&T and Microsoft, are encouraging regulators to take a close look at Google's planned purchase of online ad company DoubleClick.  —  Although the companies have yet to file any formal objections …
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Yahoo, Microsoft and AT&T Sour Grapes in Google, DoubleClick Deal
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Obeys Fake Takedown Request From 15 Year Old  —  Hello, Digg users.  You can subscribe to the RSS feed here.  Also check out the Digg-related article, Is Digg the Result of Cumulative Advantage?  —  Want a video removed from YouTube?  Send along a fake takedown notice pretending to be from the copyright holder.
Google Blogoscoped:
YouTube Obeys Teen Prankster
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
HOW WELL DOES OPEN SOURCE CURRENTLY MEET THE NEEDS OF SHAREHOLDERS AND CEO'S?  —  ["Science Project": part of the Microsoft Blue Monster Series.  Backstory from Steve and Kris etc.]  —  This cartoon was an attempt by me to sum up the answer to a very simple question: If Open Source software is free …
Bruno Giussani / Lunch over IP:
"Don't speak.  Point!"  - Three ingredients of the future of journalism … At a recent conference in California, Ethan Zuckerman, the Harvard-based co-founder of GlobalVoices and an insightful blogger, was asked whether newspaper and television editors were still relevant in these days of participatory, "citizen" journalism.
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
Surprises @ Web 2.0 Expo  —  Surprise #1: It's early Sunday morning, and there's a huge crowd!  Wow!  ExpoCal only showed a few dozen names for the Sunday sessions, so I figured this was just for the crazy-enthusiasts, the real crowd hits tomorrow.  It's great to see so many participants.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Telco equipment spending for 2007 to be low  —  The good news for makers of wired communication infrastructure equipment is that 2007 will mark a recent record high year for telecommunications company spending on such gear.  The bad news is that revenue growth will be relatively anemic compared …
Discussion: GigaOM and
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can LeapTag Capture The Magic Of StumbleUpon?  —  San Jose based LeapTag is part bookmarking (like and part discovery (like StumbleUpon).  It's a good way to keep track of websites that you like using tags, and it's also useful for serendipitous discovery of new sites you might like …
Discussion: and
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Flash Player 9 has 84.3% penetration as of March  —  While the official numbers haven't been released yet, it looks like (scroll down, it's in the comment section) the latest Flash Player survey puts Flash Player 9 penetration at 84.3% up from 55% in mature markets as of December.
Discussion: JD on EP
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Andrew McAfee:
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Microsoft pressures testers after software leak
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Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
eMachines updates line with new desktops, displays
Discussion: Gadgetell
Arn / MacRumors:
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Google Blogoscoped:
Fading Out Nofollows?  —  Not sure if many blog and wiki …
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