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7:05 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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and I4U News
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
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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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
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
BBC:
Europe clears mobiles on aircraft  —  The use of mobiles on planes flying in European airspace has been given formal approval by the European Commission.  —  The decision means that mobiles could be used once a plane has reached an altitude of 3,000m or more.
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”
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
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 …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun refashions Java support options  —  San Francisco - Sun Microsystems is refashioning customer support options for Java Platform, Standard Edition (SE), extending support to 15 years under one paid plan and reducing it from six years to three years under an alternative free plan.
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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Bitchmeme Til You Drop
 
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Silly stories about Windows 7
Los Angeles Times:
Cash scarcer for new technology firms
Agence France Presse:
Taiwan's Asustek Computer sues IBM
Discussion: Engadget
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Study Shows: P2P Filters Can Be Easily Circumvented
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Loren Feldman vs. Shel Israel
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Collaborative software company Jive acquires Jotlet, gets better project management
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
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Ray / The Register:
Strung out hackers and BBC beanbags
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
A class of copyright thieves? A lawsuit over lecture notes
Fred / A VC:
The “Hidden Return” Of Online Advertising
Discussion: WebProNews and STARTUP CHATTER
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
Discussion: Digg
Desiree Everts / CNET News.com:
Pizza.com domain name fetches millions
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TweetStats: Spy On Other Twitter Users (Calacanis, Scoble, Allison, Cashmore, etc.)
Discussion: Mashable!
 

 
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