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8:25 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?
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Paul Graham's Participatory Narcissism  —  I have tremendous respect for Paul Graham.  His essays— repackaged in the book Hackers and Painters— are among the best writing I've found on software engineering.  Not all of them are so great, of course, but the majority are well worth your time.
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.
Discussion: Zoho Blogs and Peer Pressure
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
Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
wikinear.com, OAuth and Fire Eagle  —  I'm pleased to announce wikinear.com.  It's a simple site that does just one thing: show you a list of the five Wikipedia pages that are geographically closest to your current location.  It's designed (or not-designed) to be used mainly from mobile phones.
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
The Thin Skin of Apple Fans  —  IN his new book, “True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society,” Farhad Manjoo, a writer for Salon, argues that “new communications technologies are loosening the culture's grip on what people once called ‘objective reality.’ ”
Discussion: iPhone Savior and Slashdot
MSRC:
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.
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Microsoft Security Advisory (950627)
Discussion: IDG News Service
 
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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Myka Brings BitTorrent to Your TV
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Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Wikipedia Displaces MySpace in Music Matters
Discussion: Mashable!
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A Translation of “Apple's Windows Invasion”
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Wine 1.0: Coming soon to a computer near you
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader Locked Up: Why Your Books Are No Longer Yours
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Fred / A VC:
Ten Things I'd Like FriendFeed To Do
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Did We Just Witness a Twitter Marriage Proposal?
Discussion: Wired and ParisLemon
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Eating our words: Apple's Mac mini to rock on
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Google's Design Guidelines
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Are VCs threatening lawsuits to stay spotless at TheFunded?
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