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10:50 AM ET, April 6, 2008


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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop  —  SAN FRANCISCO — They work long hours, often to exhaustion.  Many are paid by the piece — not garments, but blog posts.  This is the digital-era sweatshop.  You may know it by a different name: home.
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The New York Times covers blogging  —  Actual New York Times headline for Sunday, April 6, 2008: … Reworded for brevity: … Future New York Times headline submissions from yours truly: … And of course, the inevitable, perennial favorite: … p.s.  The Judy Miller memorial New York Times blogging story headline:
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Microsoft Sends Letter to Yahoo! Board of Directors  —  Microsoft Sends Letter to Yahoo! Board of Directors  —  REDMOND, Wash. — April 5, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today sent the following letter to the Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) Board of Directors:  —  Board of Directors
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Gives Yahoo Ultimatum: Sign Deal In 3 Weeks Or We Cut Bid  —  ANALYSIS: In this ultimatum Microsoft makes a compelling case that Yahoo's board is violating its fiduciary duty to shareholders by not even engaging with Microsoft.  This, combined with the threat of a bid cut …
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Microsoft gives Yahoo deadline for merger deal
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft (Pretends To) Force Yahoo's Hand
Discussion: CNET
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Why modular Windows will suck for Microsoft and suck for you  —  Modules and the next version of Windows  —  There is a growing consensus of opinion forming that Windows “Seven” will be “modular,” the concept being that you buy the core OS first and then add to it individual “modules” with logically distinct units of functionality.
Simon Kerbel / Download Squad:
YemuZip: Free zip utility for Mac creates Windows friendly Zip files  —  YemuZip is a free Mac application for creating zip files for use on a Mac or PC.  —  But wait, doesn't the Finder have its own built-in Archive (zip) function?  —  Yes, it does — but oftentimes …
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Man Sells Domain Name for Serious Dough  —  A 43-year-old man from Maryland has sold the domain name for almost 10,000 times the price he paid for it.  Chris Clark registered the name in 1994 for just $20, and continued to pay the annual registration fee until January …
Discussion: Gadgetell and SEO BlackHat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Possibly The Most Ridiculous DMCA Take Down Yet  —  If you don't like something on the Internet, it seems that sending a DMCA notice is a nearly sure-fire way to get it taken down.  We've seen some people fight back against fake notices, particularly the EFF.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
FlowPlay launches ourWorld virtual world for tweens  —  Tweens are getting into the online gaming world at younger ages and FlowPlay is launching yet another virtual world to target them.  There is a lot of competition, including rival start-ups that I wrote about in the past week or so.
Discussion: Mashable!
Jonathan Leake / Times of London:
Coming soon: superfast internet  —  THE internet could soon be made obsolete.  The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds.  —  At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digg
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
My Essential Twitter Tools  —  Many conversations are shifting to Twitter, this post proves it (network with others, by adding those in the comments).  Twitter is extensible, and many third-party developers are creating tools around the simple data being exported for a variety of unique applications.
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Google sued over Street View
Matt Craven / The Blog Herald:
How a videoblogger from NYC outsmarted a so-called “Social Media Expert”
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Finding a replacement for Veronica
James Ashton / Times of London:
Joost faces TV squeeze
 Earlier Items: 
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
New search share numbers show surprising surge for Live Search
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Engineers shun the razor, hope for an edge
Discussion: TechCrunch
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Lawyer Who Threatened File-Sharers is Banned For 6 months