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4:55 PM 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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Anatomy of a ‘Blogging will kill you’ story: Why I didn't make the cut  —  I read the New York Times' take on how the stress of blogging and how it can kill you with great interest: I was interviewed for it.  But I pretty much knew I wouldn't make the final story as my take was different than Matt Richtel's.
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
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:
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
New York Times: blog trolling 101  —  I'm sure someone at the New York Times has to be feeling pretty smug right now — after all, look at all the attention the paper's story on bloggers is getting from the blogosphere.  Obviously, the Times has learned the first rule of getting attention from blogs: talk about blogs.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Relax, Chill and maybe Blog  —  The blogosphere's reaction to the attention grabbing headline in The New York Times is equally attention grabbing.  Having lived through a health scare, I have a different perspective on not only this whole blog thing but on life, some of which I have shared in the past with the readers of this blog.
Discussion: FoundRead
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Chat Launches - Tour & First Impressions  —  Facebook has just turned on Chat in a “few networks” this morning and I think it's a great implementation.  While Facebook hasn't announced an official rollout schedule, Chat will be gradually rolling out over the coming days.
Discussion: All Facebook, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Desiree Everts / CNET News.com:
Pizza.com domain name fetches millions  —  Who would've thought a generic domain name would still have the capacity to pull in big bucks?  Chris Clark, the seller of “Pizza.com,” seemed a bit in shock after he managed to rake in $2.6 million from the auction of the domain name.
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Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Man Sells Pizza.com Domain Name for Serious Dough
Discussion: Gadgetell and SEO BlackHat
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.
Discussion: Digg
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Blog Herald says Loren Feldman Outsmarted me  —  Matt Craven at the Blog Herald has posted a review of my recent mud wrestling with 1938 Media's Loren Feldman, saying Loren utsmarted me.  Feldman, who seems to be building a career on making fun of prominent people in social media …
Discussion: Pravda on Media …
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Joost said ready to rein in global ambitions, focus on U.S. market  —  Looks as if the rest of the world may have to wait a tad longer to experience the pleasure of “next-generation TV.”  The Sunday Times is reporting that Joost will ditch some of its more ambitious plans to focus on the U.S. market.
Discussion: DSLreports
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TweetStats: Spy On Other Twitter Users (Calacanis, Scoble, Allison, Cashmore, etc.)  —  Last week I wrote about the need for Twitter analytics.  This morning I found TweetStats which addresses some of the items I'd like to see.  In fact, this might be one of the most fascinating tools I've come across in a while.
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 …
Microsoft:
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
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Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Microsoft gives Yahoo deadline for merger deal
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:   Ballmer's angry letter to Yahoo board: “Now is the time”
 
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