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6:05 AM ET, April 7, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Comcast, Twitter And The Chicken (trust me, I have a point)  —  I've had a very odd weekend.  —  First, I've taken a dozen or so phone calls from concerned relatives and friends over this NYTimes article.  But a bigger issue is that the Internet was down in the house starting late Friday night, so I haven't been online much.
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
For some reason, Twitter hasn't yet taken the journalist community by storm  —  After the derision which greeted the New York Times' blogging will kill you story on Sunday, I'm probably not going to do much for the reputation of the mainstream media with hard-core bloggers.  So it goes.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
One person you don't want to piss off
Reuters:
Yahoo not opposed to Microsoft deal: source  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo is not opposed to a deal with Microsoft but Microsoft should pay more than $31 a share if it wants to buy the company, Yahoo plans to say in a letter to Microsoft, a person familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Yahoo set to dig in against Microsoft
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Internet Irony: Amazon Getting Disrupted By Apple, BitTorrent, Pirate Bay, et al  —  Barnes & Noble?  Tower Records?  Buggy-whip makers?  Amazon (AMZN) feels your pain.  —  A decade after Amazon's explosive entrance into book and music retailing dented big media retailers and put smaller ones …
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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
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
For Facebook Chat, a quiet and cautious Sunday debut  —  Facebook chose a Sunday afternoon, when much of the tech blogger corps was pleasantly enjoying real life (we can hope), to start rolling out its previously announced instant-messaging client.  That's likely no coincidence …
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Major Google Announcement Monday Evening: Is It BigTable?  —  Google is hosting the second of their developer events, called “Campfire One,” on Monday (April 7) evening.  Multiple people have forwarded email invitations to me for the event, where Google promises they'll be …
Discussion: Googling Google
Harry McCracken / Techlog:
The Frustratingly Unfulfilled Promise of Google Gears  —  Back on May 30th of last year, Google released Google Gears, a browser plug-in designed to help Web-based applications work even when they couldn't connect to the Internet.  I was pretty jazzed up about it, and so were my PCW colleagues …
Discussion: JD on EP
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Joost CEO Admits to Trimming Head Count, But Not Global Vision  —  Joost CEO Mike Volpi refuted a widely circulated report that his company was scaling back to focus on the U.S. market in an interview with Om tonight.  Om surmises that the company has reduced head count by 35 to 40 to about 100, though Volpi wouldn't give a number.
Discussion: JD on EP
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Joost Denies: No “Major Retrenchement”, Or “Sole U.S. Focus”
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Collaborative software company Jive acquires Jotlet, gets better project management  —  We're already pretty impressed with Jive Software, a startup that integrates collaborative tools like blogging, wikis and forums into office applications through a single interface, and the Portland, Ore.-based company is still building momentum.
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Aiming for a Virtual End to PC Headaches  —  So-called virtual machine software, which allows a computer to simultaneously run different operating systems and applications, is already having a big impact in corporate data centers.  And the leader in virtual software for server computers …
Discussion: Virtualization.com
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
The Other Dangers Of The Blogger Lifestyle...  Blogging is stressful, you are always on.  Matt Richtel at the New York Times nailed it: In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop.  —  Here are some of the other dangers (tongue-in-cheek) of the rock-and-roll blogger lifestyle:
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Los Angeles Times:
Cash scarcer for new technology firms
Agence France Presse:
Taiwan's Asustek Computer sues IBM
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Study Shows: P2P Filters Can Be Easily Circumvented
Discussion: Mashable!
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Loren Feldman vs. Shel Israel
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Visivo Communication raises $3M round to expand Qik?
Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
High-Tech Crime Is an Online Bubble That Hasn't Burst
Bill Ray / The Register:
Strung out hackers and BBC beanbags
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A class of copyright thieves? A lawsuit over lecture notes
Fred / A VC:
The “Hidden Return” Of Online Advertising
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stanford Launches On-Campus Venture Fund, SSE Ventures
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
More Crappy Censorship From Your Friends at Yahoo!
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
10 Ways the Internet (As We Know It) Will Die
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Desiree Everts / CNET News.com:
Pizza.com domain name fetches millions
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TweetStats: Spy On Other Twitter Users (Calacanis, Scoble, Allison, Cashmore, etc.)
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