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11:10 PM ET, April 6, 2008

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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 …
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.
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Scrabble Tries to Fight a Popular Impostor at Its Own Game  —  RealNetworks is quietly introducing a version of Scrabble on Facebook, despite pledging to save Scrabulous, the wildly popular, unauthorized online version of the board game.  —  In recent weeks, Gamehouse, a division of RealNetworks …
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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Discussion: down the avenue and apophenia
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.
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: TeleRead and Silicon Alley Insider
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Visivo Communication raises $3M round to expand Qik?  —  If you use short-form Internet messaging service Twitter a lot, you probably follow blogger Robert Scoble.  If you follow Robert Scoble, you've probably read the following at least a few hundred times: “I'm streaming live right now, come chat! http://qik.com/video/xxxx.”
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
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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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.”
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
Bill Ray / The Register:
Strung out hackers and BBC beanbags  —  Mobile programming as a competitive art form?  —  On Saturday the BBC-sponsored Over The Air: the 48-hour race to create innovative mobile applications wound up with 21 teams presenting applications they had hacked together.
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
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
Fred / A VC:
The “Hidden Return” Of Online Advertising  —  We all know that online advertising benefits from being measurable and that it's returns are often better than offline advertising.  But the one thing we have not been able to measure is the offline impact of online advertising.
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Damian Kulash Jr / New York Times:
Beware the New New Thing  —  RECENTLY, the House Judiciary …
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
A class of copyright thieves? A lawsuit over lecture notes
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stanford Launches On-Campus Venture Fund, SSE Ventures
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TweetStats: Spy On Other Twitter Users (Calacanis, Scoble, Allison, Cashmore, etc.)
Discussion: Mashable!
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