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2:55 PM ET, March 15, 2008


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Duncan /
FriendFeed = More Hyped Yawn  —  So I started another bush fire, at least among the growing list of self important so-called A listers who would happily crucify anyone who dare question their favorite startup of the minute.  —  I say A-List somewhat lightly, because the guy who's come after me is someone who's called Louis Gray.
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 …
Josh Wolf /
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: VoIP Blog, Valleywag, MTV and Salon
Mallory Simon / CNN:
Dupre's MySpace page evolves with scandal  —  (CNN) — In three days, Ashley Alexandra Dupre went from being an unknown 22-year-old aspiring musician to the fifth most-searched subject on Google because of her alleged sexual encounters with New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple to 100,000 iPhone developers: don't call us, we'll call you  —  Three days ago it seemed as though the world had finally opened up for would-be iPhone developers.  —  After eight months of pent-up demand, the pieces were in place to begin exploiting the new platform in earnest.
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
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   Radical Idea For News Sites: Show What's New On Your Homepage
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.
Matthew Buckland / E-Media Tidbits:
World's Publishers v. Google: The Fight Continues  —  Newspapers and online publishers appear to be heading back into battle against search engine behemoth Google.  —  Yesterday the powerful World Association of Newspapers (WAN) issued a rather terse statement, calling on Google …
Brad Linder / Eee Site:
Asus EP20: First look at the Eee PC desktop  —  Apparently Asus had a bit more up its sleeve at CeBit than the Eee PC 900.  The company also showed off the EP20, which appears to be the first desktop computer in the Eee PC lineup.  Earlier this year Asus announced plans to expand the brand …
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
And Now InDirecTV  —  The lack of a broadband pipe and the subsequent inability to offer video on demand is the proverbial glass jaw of John Malone's satellite broadcasting service, DirecTV.  While the broadband dilemma is likely to continue for a while, DirecTV has come up with a workaround for the VOD problem.
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!
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