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7:45 AM ET, March 15, 2008

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Blake Robinson / ReadWriteWeb:
FriendFeed vs SocialThing!  —  In the past year there has been an explosion in social media.  Where once we had only to worry about managing our Facebook or MySpace networks, we're now each creating a seemingly infinite number of feeds.  The burden of this data is a lot to manage …
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Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Would you hammer a nail with a shovel?
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Launch Instant Messaging Service  —  Facebook has been testing a new instant messaging service and will be launching it to the public soon, perhaps in the next week.  —  Our understanding is that the service will be built into user's Facebook pages and allow them to web chat with their Facebook friends.
YouTube :: Blog:
YouTube Videos in High Quality  —  You may have noticed that we're now giving you the option of watching some YouTube videos in higher quality.  We're making these streams available on certain videos, based upon the source file uploaded to us, and over time you'll find a greater percentage …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Sucks Life Out of Old Media: Check Out The 2007 Share Shift  —  For the past few quarters, we've analyzed the amazing rate at which advertising spending is moving online.  Now we're able to look at full-year 2007.  —  Specifically, we analyzed the change in US advertising revenue at 17 major media companies from 2006 and 2007.
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebGuild
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Second Life's Second Phase  —  The Burning Man era of Second Life is over.  According to Reuters and a personal announcement on the official blog of Linden Lab, the company behind the user-created online world, Philip Rosedale is stepping down as Linden's CEO.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
How Internet news should work  —  By the mid-90s I became accustomed to reading news on the web.  So much so that I cancelled subscriptions to the NY Times and Wall Street Journal because most days I'd never take the papers out of the plastic bags they were delivered in.
Discussion: Social Media and Publishing 2.0
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple to iPhone App Store applicants: Just hang tight  —  It's never easy to get a Dear John letter, but it can sting a little more when you're getting the same letter as everyone else.  Such is the case with the first wave of iPhone App Store “rejection” letters that Apple is now sending out to developers.
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Josh Wolf / Webware.com:
CNN tracks Ashley Dupre's social networking activity and provides full report  —  For most people, updating your MySpace or Facebook profile is not news.  Sure, it might appear in your news feed on the site, but that's just about as far as the story is likely to travel.
Discussion: Valleywag, MTV and Salon
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
MySpace platform goes live, with issues, developers staying optimistic  —  Yesterday, MySpace started showing off its new gallery of third-party applications that users can now start adding to their profiles and to their MySpace home pages.  This gallery is the most recent of many ponderous steps …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Report: DVR could turn Apple TV into multi-billion dollar business  —  By integrating digital video recording (DVR) features into Apple TV, Apple stands to transform it's niche media hub business into a serious growth driver worth over a billion dollars annually, according to one Wall Street analyst.
Discussion: I4U News, MacUser, TGDaily.com and Digg
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Comscore: YouTube dominance grows  —  As big media companies and start-ups alike try to make headway in the crowded online video market, YouTube's dominance is still growing.  —  Google (which owns YouTube) accounted for 34.3 percent of the online videos watched in January, up 1.7 percent from December, according to ComScore.
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
PodShow said to lay off 20 out of 60-plus employees  —  PodShow, the San Francisco-based online-video network best known for launching the career of CNET's Natali Del Conte, is laying off about 20 employees, or as much as 30 percent of its staff.  “There are no secrets, only information you don't yet have …
Discussion: The Last Podcast and Mashable!
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Bridging your traffic engine with your revenue engine  —  Viral loops are only good for one thing  —  ... and that thing ain't revenue.  Viral loops generate traffic, but you still need to:  — Retain the traffic that's generated virally  — As well as also monetize the traffic
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
SXSW: Not Much to Twitter About  —  Plenty has been said about my interview with Mark Zuckerberg.  Maybe that's because there wasn't much else at the conference to talk about  —  I'm just back from four days in sunny Austin, Tex., where I attended the South by Southwest Interactive Conference …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell busts out 20-inch UltraSharp 2009W LCD  —  Not feeling enough LCD love from Dell lately?  How about this new UltraSharp 2009W?  The new 20-inch 16:10 widescreen monitor does up a 1680 x 1050 resolution, with 36% more pixel content than Dell's 19-incher.
Discussion: DisplayBlog and Electronista
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
EU taxpayers to fund $306m Google rival.  No wonder the Yanks think we're dumb
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Behind Google's FUD campaign against Apple
Discussion: CrunchGear and CNET News.com
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
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