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1:10 AM ET, April 7, 2008


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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Reveals 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 …
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.
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, 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
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 …
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Collaborative software company Jive acquires Jotlet, gets better project management  —  We're already pretty impressed with Jive Software, a startup that's found success by bringing collaborative tools like blogging, wikis and forums into office applications, and the Portland, Ore.-based company is still building momentum.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Bitchmeme Til You Drop  —  There was a lot of early hype that it might be about, but I think this week's Bitchmeme has to be bloggers' commentary revolving around the ‘Writers Blog Till They Drop’ article The New York Times wrote today.  —  Nearly everyone has weighed in on the topic …
Discussion: down the avenue and apophenia
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Relax, Chill and maybe Blog
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
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!”
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
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.”
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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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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Discussion: Mashable!