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11:40 PM ET, March 22, 2008


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Billy Bragg / New York Times:
The Royalty Scam  —  LAST week at South by Southwest, the rock music conference held every year in Austin, Tex., the talk in hotel lobbies, coffeeshops and the convention center was dominated by one issue: how do musicians make a living in the age of the Internet?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
These Crazy Musicians Still Think They Should Get Paid For Recorded Music  —  Why is it the Brits have all the crazy-stupid ideas about how to screw up the music industry even more than it is already?  —  British musician Billy Bragg argues in the New York Times today that some portion …
Discussion: Valleywag
Nick / Rough Type:
Meanwhile, back at the plantation  —  Bebo founders Michael and Xochi Birch are the latest Web 2.0 entrepreneurs to cash in on user-generated content.  A little over a week ago, the Birches sold Bebo, the third largest social network, to AOL for $850 million, about $600 million …
Discussion: WebGuild
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bridging Desktop And Web Applications - A Look At Mozilla Prism  —  New platforms like Adobe Air and Mozilla Prism are evolving that combine the benefits of Internet flow with the flexibility and power of desktop applications.  They are part browser, part desktop app and are extremely efficient for certain types of applications.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New Google Mobile feature lets you search without typing  —  Google added a new entry into their robots.txt file — one way you can keep tabs on what Google doesn't want to see.  The new entry that forbids crawlers from seeing made me naturally curious.
Discussion: WebGuild
Paul Graham:
You Weren't Meant to Have a Boss  —  A few days ago I was sitting in a cafe in Palo Alto and a group of programmers came in on some kind of scavenger hunt.  It was obviously one of those corporate “team-building” exercises.  —  They looked familiar.  I spend nearly all my time working …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:   Paul Graham's Participatory Narcissism
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Hopes for Wireless Cities Fade as Internet Providers Pull Out  —  PHILADELPHIA — It was hailed as Internet for the masses when Philadelphia officials announced plans in 2005 to erect the largest municipal Wi-Fi grid in the country, stretching wireless access over 135 square miles with the hope …
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
Video: Sharing The JoyEngine Community Story  —  I was walking down the street in Boulder, Colorado earlier this month and was intrigued by a storefront symbol.  I looked into the storefront windows and my eyes were met with colorful graffiti-like artwork, handmade toys and lots of tees.
Discussion: Global Neighbourhoods
Dale Dougherty / O'Reilly Radar:
Hazards of Wifi  —  Our town, Sebastopol, had passed a resolution in November to permit a local Internet provider to provide public wireless access.  This week, fourteen people showed up at a City Council meeting to make the claim that wireless caused health problems in general and to them specifically.
Discussion: WebGuild
James Robinson / Guardian:
BBC looks to video-search site Blinkx to boost iPlayer  —  The creators of video search engine Blinkx are in talks with the BBC about a deal to supply it with technology for the corporation's iPlayer, which allows viewers to download programmes over the internet.
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
War of the Worlds  —  There is a technology war coming.  Actually it is already here but most of us haven't yet notice.  It is a war not about technology but because of technology, a war over how we as a culture embrace technology.  It is a war that threatens venerable institutions and …
Discussion: SYNTAGMA
MSRC Blog: Microsoft Security Advisory (950627)  —  I wanted to let you know that we have just posted Microsoft Security Advisory (950627).  —  This advisory contains information about a very limited, targeted attack exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Jet Database Engine.
Microsoft Security Advisory (950627)
Discussion: Computerworld and IDG News Service
Ian Dumych / Download Squad:
Wine 1.0: Coming soon to a computer near you  —  After nearly 15 years of development, the WINE project is scheduled for the landmark 1.0 release.  As with most open source programs, it is hard to sit back and say “ok it's done”.  The work will always continue, but at some point the program …
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