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6:20 PM ET, March 9, 2008

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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Mark Zuckerberg SXSW keynote  —  AUSTIN, TX — 1:53 p.m. Central Time: Facebook PR director Brandee Barker gave me this exclusive scoop: CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who's due to take the stage for his SXSW Interactive keynote in minutes, is not wearing his famous Adidas flip-flops.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Mark Zuckerberg, Sarah Lacey Interview Disaster  —  Of all the interviews I have ever had the opportunity to sit in on, this one takes the cake for being the worst.  Sarah Lacey, the author of a Newsweek cover article as well as a book on Mark Zuckerberg, appeared to spend more time discussing …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Journalist becomes the story at Mark Zuckerberg SXSWi keynote  —  AUSTIN—Ugh.  Talk about losing an audience.  —  During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Sunday's keynote address here at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi), on-stage interviewer Sarah Lacy out-and-out bombed …
Catherine Holahan / Tech Beat:
Mark Zuckerberg is A Nice Guy
Fred / A VC:
Startup Advice Weekend  —  Lot's of advice in the blogs this weekend for budding entrepreneurs:  —  Jason Calacanis says you have to save money  —  I agree and emphasize several key areas for saving  —  Mike Arrington also agrees and says hiring the right people is the most important thing
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and The Open Road
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Tony Wright / Tony Wright dot com:
Every Piece of Startup Advice is a Lie (including mine)
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Paul McCartney Signs $400 Million iTunes Deal For The Beatles Catalog  —  Finally!  Paul McCartney has signed a $400 million deal, which will see the Beatles catalog make its way to iTunes, at long last.  —  Though McCartney will probably make off with the lion's share of the cash sum …
Discussion: iPhone Savior and Engadget
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UPI:
McCartney cashes in on Beatles' catalog  —  British singer Paul McCartney has reached a $400 million agreement with iTunes for the distribution of the Beatles' back catalog.  —  The former Beatles star, who is currently mired in a bitter divorce, officially sanctioned the Internet download service …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
SXSWi: Obey the power of the flash-mob party  —  AUSTIN, Texas—"Dude, this sucks."  —  You could hear a whole lot of people saying that on Saturday night as the first real evening of South by Southwest Interactive Festival's after-parties kicked into gear.  So how come it sucked?  Well, it was the crowds.
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and Scobleizer
Randall Stross / New York Times:
They Criticized Vista.  And They Should Know.  —  ONE year after the birth of Windows Vista, why do so many Windows XP users still decline to “upgrade”?  —  Microsoft says high prices have been the deterrent.  Last month, the company trimmed prices on retail packages of Vista, trying to entice consumers to overcome their reluctance.
Guardian:
The world's 50 most powerful blogs  —  From Prince Harry in Afghanistan to Tom Cruise ranting about Scientology and footage from the Burmese uprising, blogging has never been bigger.  It can help elect presidents and take down attorney generals while simultaneously celebrating the minutiae of our everyday obsessions.
Discussion: IP Democracy and WOW Insider
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Mix'08 Review: How Microsoft Is Fighting a War on Three Fronts  —  Microsoft is fighting a war — one in which it's being attacked on three sides.  Cut through the flurry of announcements out of its Mix conference this week and what emerges is the Redmond giant's three-pronged defense strategy: consumer, enterprise and developer.
Jay Rayner / Guardian:
The Brit dishing the dirt on America  —  Gawker's Nick Denton tells Jay Rayner how he became the king of gossip  —  The king of the gossip blogs is holding out on me.  —  ‘Where did you get the video?’  —  ‘It had been hanging around for a while.’  —  'How do you mean “hanging around”?
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
LinkRiver - going against the current  —  At some point last week Adam Stiles the developer behind LinkRiver; another aggregator site, sent me along an invitation to have a look at his creation and play around with it for awhile.  During that time and now as I have been dealing with other issues …
 
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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Text Generation Gap: U R 2 Old (JK)
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Girls and young woman are now the most prolific web users
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Coming Soon: Nothing Between You and Your Machine
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Slashdot
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Hulu: Great Product, Still Screwed
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