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3:45 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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Yahoo set to dig in against Microsoft  —  Yahoo's directors were in discussions late on Sunday about Microsoft's latest gambit in its unsolicited takeover approach, amid signs that the embattled internet company was preparing to dig in deeper against its suitor.
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET
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:
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Bitchmeme Til You Drop
Discussion:, apophenia and Profy.Com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Relax, Chill and maybe Blog
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.
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.
Mathew /
Loren Feldman vs. Shel Israel  —  I find it kind of interesting that not many people — or at least not many mainstream bloggers — are writing about Shel Israel and his ongoing battle with video-blogger Loren Feldman of 1938media.  Matt Craven from The Blog Herald has just done so in a post …
Discussion: The Post Money Value
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Visivo Communication raises $3M round to expand Qik?
Discussion: Mashable! and CenterNetworks
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
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
A class of copyright thieves? A lawsuit over lecture notes
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The “Hidden Return” Of Online Advertising
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stanford Launches On-Campus Venture Fund, SSE Ventures
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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 domain name fetches millions
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TweetStats: Spy On Other Twitter Users (Calacanis, Scoble, Allison, Cashmore, etc.)
Discussion: Mashable!