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3:30 AM 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 …
Discussion: MediaVidea and WebGuild
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
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
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.
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.
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
The Angry Drunk:
Today's Whiny MacMeme Is...  ...Apple is a bad “Windows citizen” because they “sneakily” “forced” Safari 3.1 on unsuspecting Windows iTunes users.  Apparently some of the whiny twats in the blogokleinbottle are up in arms that Apple offered up Safari 3.1 for Windows in the Software Update tool …
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
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Wikipedia Displaces MySpace in Music Matters  —  Every musician knows a MySpace page can help boost buzz, but many overlook the lure of the wiki.  —  DENVER (Billboard) - Search for an artist on any of the popular search engines, and the top three results are practically guaranteed …
Discussion: Mashable!
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
Felix Salmon /
Blogonomics: Gawker's Payroll, Redux  —  You wanna know how much Gawker writers get paid?  Well, let me tell you.  Remember that they don't really get salaries any more, just advances.  And it's been widely reported that bloggers on the flagship Gawker site get $7.50 per thousand pageviews.
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.
Discussion: WebProNews and Security Watch
Microsoft Security Advisory (950627)
Discussion: Computerworld and IDG News Service
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War of the Worlds  —  There is a technology war coming.
Discussion: SYNTAGMA
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Discussion: Mashable!
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
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Discussion: Slashdot and TeleRead
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