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4:20 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.
Marc Andreessen /
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:
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Microsoft (Pretends To) Force Yahoo's Hand
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:   Microsoft gives Yahoo deadline for merger deal
Harrison Hoffman / CNET
Microsoft sets a three-week ultimatum for a Yahoo decision
Discussion: Valleywag and Beyond Binary
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Walt Says 3G iPhone Coming in 60 Days  —  Walt Mossberg has confirmed what AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega already hinted at CTIA: the iPhone will be 3G-capable “in 60 days.”  Mossberg said it 6:53 into this feature.  Knowing that it's going to be one year after release …
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.
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.
Discussion: mikhail panchenko
Matt Craven / The Blog Herald:
How a videoblogger from NYC outsmarted a so-called “Social Media Expert”  —  I've read Naked Conversations, the book by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel that talks about the power of blogging for individuals, businesses, and communities.  I've even used their examples with clients - a few of which are mentioned in their book.
James Ashton / Times of London:
Joost faces TV squeeze  —  JOOST, the online television service launched with a fanfare last year by the founders of internet telephony firm Skype, is preparing for a major retrenchment after failing to attract enough users and top-flight broadcasting rights.
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
New search share numbers show surprising surge for Live Search
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Engineers shun the razor, hope for an edge
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