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5:20 PM ET, April 3, 2008

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New York Times:
MySpace and Record Companies Create Music Site  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the latest effort by the ailing music industry to bolster its declining prospects, three of the four major music companies have struck a deal with MySpace to start an music Web site.  —  As part of the deal …
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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Record Labels and MySpace Cut a Deal
Discussion: Techdirt and hypebot
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Music: Rolling Out Over Next Four Months
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Record biz online strategy, version 9.0
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Apple passes Wal-Mart, now #1 music retailer in US  —  Over the past few years, we have watched Apple climb the music sales chart courtesy of the iTunes.  Last month we learned that Apple passed Best Buy to become the number two retailer in the the US.  Now, Apple has ascended to the top of the charts …
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Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Store Top Music Retailer in the US  —  Apple® today announced that the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com) surpassed Wal-Mart to become the number one music retailer in the US, based on the latest data from the NPD Group*.  With over 50 million customers, iTunes has sold …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft: June 30 Windows XP cut-off set in stone  —  Microsoft made it official on April 3: There will be no new reprieves for Windows XP (other than on Ultra Low-Cost PCs).  —  Some customers and partners had been hoping the company might extend again the deadline for all PC makers …
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Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost Publications:
Study: ‘Influencers’ Possess Less Clout  —  IN THE WORLD OF SOCIAL media, so-called “influencers” might have less clout than some marketers think.  —  According to a new study from Canadian research firm Pollara, self-described social media users put far more trust in friends and family online …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: There is No Tipping Point, Blog Readers Are Skeptical
Discussion: All Facebook
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Trust in Peers Trumps the “A-List,” Study Finds
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Craigslist Valuation: $80 Million in 2008 Revenue, Worth $5 Billion  —  As we prepare to release our SAI 25: World's Most Valuable Startups list, we're running through some final valuation numbers.  One company that is a shoo-in for the list is Craigslist (yes, it has been around a while …
Discussion: ClickZ
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Business Wire:
Craigslist Revenue in 2008 May Top $80 Million, Could Reach $100 Million
Mylene Mangalindan / Business Technology:
The Threat of “Free”  —  Businesses sometimes are quick …
Discussion: WebProNews and Screenwerk
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Trademark Dispute Pits Apple vs. The Big Apple  —  The Big Apple has a new logo, and Apple says: Drop dead.  —  At issue is the emblem for New York City's GreeNYC campaign, which has started to appear around the city on bus shelters, hybrid gasoline-electric taxicabs and even Whole Foods shopping bags.
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Psst!  Wanna save $110 on Windows Vista SP1?  —  Microsoft still letting buyers still ‘upgrade’ to Vista without XP or 2000  —  Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. continues to give its tacit blessing for consumers to exploit a technical loophole that allows them to upgrade to Vista with Service Pack 1 …
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Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
It's official: upgrade hack included in Vista SP1
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
TechCrunch v DEMO Smackdown!  Calacanis Blasts IDG, Offers Shipley a Job  —  Now that TechCrunch and Jason Calacanis have scheduled their TechCrunch50 start-up celebration conference at the same time as IDG's DEMO start-up celebration conference, the allegations are flying:
Discussion: The Guidewire and Scripting News
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Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
How much trouble is Dell really in?  —  Is it just me or was Dell on top of the world a few years ago?  Not only was it pummeling just about every other PC manufacturer in the industry, its online business was buzzing and its business integration was better than ever.  And then it all came crashing down.
Andy Golding / Google News Blog:
Psst...secrets of Google News exposed!  —  Often publishers ask us why Google News didn't include one of their articles, or skipped the image associated with an article.  In the search for answers, we've noticed that there's a lot of confusion about how we include and rank articles.
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Photoshop, Lightroom, and Adobe's 64-bit roadmap  —  As you've probably seen, among the great features in the Lightroom 2.0 beta is its ability to run 64-bit-native on Mac (Intel, 10.5.x) and Windows (Vista 64).  If you think it feels great to beat Aperture to the punch here, you're right. :-)
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
OpenID Status Check: A Guide to Getting and Using Your OpenID  —  You've heard a lot about OpenID, the decentralized framework for authenticating users across the web.  OpenID is convenient for end users, allowing them to login to numerous web sites using one set of credentials - their OpenID.
Discussion: The Real McCrea
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
I Couldn't Resist...Youtube vs Broadcast.com 10 years ago  —  After reading this on ValleyWag:  —  “YouTube, he told NewTeeVee, is only going to earn revenues of about $70 million to $90 million in 2008.  InVideo ads - the kind Sanchez claimed Google ripped off - will be an even smaller part of the pie.”
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Slide Caught Posting Fake Positive Reviews For Their Own App  —  Multiple fake reviews for the Funwall App on Facebook have been deleted after it was discovered that the reviews came from employees of Slide, the apps owner.  —  Fake reviews seem to be part of the norm these days …
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
iMac stocks dwindle - new models soon?  —  iMac stocks across Apple's reseller chains are running down, suggesting the company is closing in on a refresh for its range of all-in-one desktops.  —  If whispers emerging from Apple partners are to be believed, the product upgrade may not be immediate …
Discussion: TG Daily
 
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Michell Bak / Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog:
Exclusive: Unveiling Sony Ericsson ‘Paris’
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A Camera for the Shot You Missed
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Can You Hear Me Now? Not So Well In SF, LA & NY
Discussion: dailywireless.org
GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony to cut production costs further
Discussion: GamePro.com and PS3 Fanboy
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: RBC Says iPhone Shortage Reflects Strong Demand
Discussion: Macsimum News
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for April 2008
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Pwonage iPhone Unlocking and Hacking Tool Now Available, Works Great
Justin Yu / Crave: The gadget blog:
LaCie introduces first external hard drive with eSATA interface
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Sam Bauers / bbPress Blog:
bbPress 0.9 released  —  The bbPress team is happy to release bbPress 0.9 for download.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel's second generation Classmates land; Does OLPC need to play catch-up?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Launches Official Blog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Take That, Google! MapQuest Snags OnStar Deal
Discussion: prwallstreet.com
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Ars Book Review: “Here Comes Everybody” by Clay Shirky
DigiTimes:
iPhone used less for talk, more for Web and music, says iSuppli
Sony:
SONY ROLLS OUT WORLD'S SMALLEST FULL HD CAMCORDER JUST IN TIME …
 

 
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