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11:05 AM ET, March 15, 2008


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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Openness is not a Poison Pill at Yahoo!  —  Mary Jo Foley asks Could Yahoo's ‘openness’ be another anti-Microsoft poison pill? … I can honestly say from my vantage point that openness at Yahoo! has nothing to do with Microsoft or any other would-be suitor.  —  We've been on the openness road for a long, long time at Yahoo.
Discussion: The Open Road
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
Liz Tay / iTNews Australia:
Child-like intelligence created in Second Life  —  Four-year-old Eddie might behave like a typical young boy.  Outside of the Second Life virtual world, however, he is anything but.  —  The child is a product of logic-based artificial intelligence and complex modelling techniques …
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, TechCrunch and WebGuild
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.
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