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2:05 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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
Fredrik Andersson / Let's Make Robots!:
Yellow Drum Machine  —  There is always more fun to do with this robot, but for now I will just mark it “complete” in the current version, hope you enjoy it.  —  Notice how the robot first plays on the object it finds (or is forced to find by the angry cameraman), plays a small beat, and records the beat it plays on it.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
At Megastores, Hagglers Find Prices Are Flexible  —  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 and jewelry stores …
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Gawker
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 …
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: DSLreports and WebGuild
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
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.
Discussion: Tony Wright dot com
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Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
LinkedIn now offering corporate profiles
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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Myka Brings BitTorrent to Your TV
Discussion: Gadgetell, Engadget and last100
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
War of the Worlds  —  There is a technology war coming.
Discussion: SYNTAGMA
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Wikipedia Displaces MySpace in Music Matters
Discussion: Mashable!
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Ian Dumych / Download Squad:
Wine 1.0: Coming soon to a computer near you
Discussion: PC World and OStatic blogs
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader Locked Up: Why Your Books Are No Longer Yours
Discussion: Boing Boing, Slashdot and TeleRead
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
The Thin Skin of Apple Fans