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9:30 PM ET, April 6, 2008

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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Chat Launches - Tour & First Impressions  —  Facebook has just turned on Chat in a “few networks” (including mine) 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.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook Chat Launches, For Some  —  We've received word that Facebook has released its much anticipated chat/IM application to a few unspecified networks.  The “pre-launch beta”, as Facebook is calling it, started sometime last night.  —  InsideFacebook has some screenshots and a summary of their first impressions.
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.
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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.
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:
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Reveals Some Details of Its New Ad Sales System  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Yahoo is beginning to pull the wraps off an online advertising system that the company said would help it and its partners drive sales of graphical and other premium ads.  —  Yahoo said the system …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
One person you don't want to piss off  —  Michael Arrington just told his Twitter fans that Comcast has been for 36 hours and he's told after a half-a-lifetime on hold that it's California-wide.  Others pipe in with their troubles.  I go looking at the news and find more problems on the East Coast.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Joost Denies: No “Major Retrenchement”, Or “Sole U.S. Focus”  —  Joost, the online video service which has had more than its share of troubles since its founding, had another story this weekend to contend with, this time a sketchily-sourced story from Times UK.
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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
Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
High-Tech Crime Is an Online Bubble That Hasn't Burst  —  PARIS — There are no storefronts or corporate headquarters in the cybercrime industry, just savvy sellers in a murky, borderless economy who are moving merchandise by shilling credit card numbers — “two for the price of one.”
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
More Crappy Censorship From Your Friends at Yahoo!  —  Possibly The Most Ridiculous DMCA Take Down Yet  —  Mike Arrington has a blog post over at TechCrunch regarding a recent censorship case over at Yahoo where taking down and destroying user's content seems to be business as usual.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Possibly The Most Ridiculous DMCA Take Down Yet
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Accelerates Its Move to Digital  —  SEATTLE — Over the last 14 years, Amazon.com has mastered the art of getting physical copies of books, music and movies to customers through the mail.  Now it is trying to add to its repertoire in a hurry.  —  The overall market for entertainment and information is inexorably going digital.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
10 Ways the Internet (As We Know It) Will Die  —  We often think of the Internet as a platform for unfettered global communication, where information flows freely, innovators can launch new applications at will, and everyone can have a voice.  But it's unlikely that our children's Internet will look anything like what we have now.
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 …
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