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1:00 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.
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:
Mathew /
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.
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.
Doc Searls Weblog:
NY Times covers bloggorrhea sufferers  —  In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop, headlines the New York Times.  “They work long hours, often to exhaustion.  Many are paid by the piece — not garments, but blog posts.  This is the digital-era sweatshop”, it begins.
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
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
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
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 …
Matt Craven / The Blog Herald:
How a videoblogger from NYC outsmarted a so-called “Social Media Expert”
Discussion: and Brand Autopsy
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: DSLreports, CrunchGear and Digg
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 …
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.
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
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!
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