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7:15 PM ET, March 23, 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?
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 …
Discussion: Evolving Trends and Valleywag
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Three Internet Careers That Soon Won't Exist  —  Earlier this year the New York Times detailed how careers in medicine and law - formerly bankable lifetime gigs - have lost their luster.  College grads instead are pouring their resources into trying to create (or join) the next Facebook or MySpace.
Discussion: Maple Leaf 2.0
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Even at Megastores, Hagglers Find No Price Is Set in Stone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Shoppers are discovering an upside to the down economy.  They are getting price breaks by reviving an age-old retail strategy: haggling.  —  A bargaining culture once confined largely to car showrooms …
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.
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
Reporting live from a cellphone near you ...  Jason Calacanis uses a Nokia cellphone to stream live.  He reports regularly.  —  The startup allows video from cellphones to be streamed live on the Web.  In the future, will any bad behavior may go unnoticed?  —  GET ready for your close-up.
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Are these the first screenshots of the iPhone AppStore?  —  One of our readers sent us in some screenshots of his iPhone showing what appears to be the anticipated iTunes AppStore.  Could these pictures be the AppStore, or could it be some type of hack?  It definitely looks legit to us!
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Rick Rolled to child porn = you're a pedophile, says FBI  —  Everyone has had it happen to them: a “friend” sends you a link in IM or over IRC that purports to be something like a cat in an awkward position with a hilarious caption.  Soon, however, you discover that the link wasn't to a lolcat at all …
Discussion: Digg
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Evidence mounting: Windows 7 going modular, subscription  —  When Windows 7 launches sometime after the start of 2010, the desktop OS will be Microsoft's most “modular” yet.  Having never really been comfortable with the idea of a single, monolithic desktop OS offering …
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows Vista SP1 Flunks Out At Penn
Discussion: Slashdot
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Why Old Technologies Are Still Kicking  —  Left, I.B.M. employees with a z10 mainframe, part of the latest generation of the computers and designed for new tasks.  Right, an older iteration of the mainframe, I.B.M.'s System/360.  In the 1960s, it introduced technology still in use today.
Discussion: Gawker
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
LED patent dispute could block Blu-ray, cellphone imports  —  According to a statement released on its web site on Thursday, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has begun an investigation into a list of companies that reads like a Who's Who in the modern electronics industry.
Discussion: Digg
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