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7:40 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 Business Week 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 …
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 …
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McCartney cashes in on Beatles' catalog
Discussion: CNET News.com and ringtonia.com
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Text Generation Gap: U R 2 Old (JK)  —  AS president of the Walt Disney Company's children's book and magazine publishing unit, Russell Hampton knows a thing or two about teenagers.  Or he thought as much until he was driving his 14-year-old daughter, Katie, and two friends to a play last year in Los Angeles.
Discussion: apophenia
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”?
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Re-localization Opportunities - Local 2.0  —  After World War 2, America built the infrastructure to deliver mass produced products, by mass transit for mass markets.  We consumed along the arteries of this infrastructure, in supermarkets, fast food chains and airport malls.
 
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LinkRiver - going against the current
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News:
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Lori Aratani / Washington Post:
When Mom or Dad Asks To Be a Facebook ‘Friend’
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
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 Earlier Items: 
Times of London:
Girls and young woman are now the most prolific web users
Discussion: Mashable!
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Anonymize BitTorrent Transfers with BTGuard
Discussion: open
John Markoff / New York Times:
Coming Soon: Nothing Between You and Your Machine
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Slashdot
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu: Great Product, Still Screwed
Discussion: DSLreports
 

 
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Financial Times says digital subscriptions up 33%, making up 2/3 of paying audience; overall circulation up 13%, year-on-year

 
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