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12:10 AM ET, April 13, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sorry, I'm Not Buying This New Touchy-Feely Approach To The Music Tax  —  Ethan Kaplan writes a beautiful tribute to the value of music, and how we as a society must come to terms with how we will value it as the business model around recorded music continues to disintegrate.  —  I call BS on the whole post.
Ethan Kaplan /
Reducing Back to Art  —  I've been in the music business for about two years now, nearly two and a quarter.  So long as I've been in this business, there has been discussion about the issues of piracy, value and monetary exchange in a world rapidly converting to digital distribution.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Yahoo-Microsoft Done Deal, Only Question is Price.”  Unless MSFT Walks  —  Eric Savitz at Barrons filters all the noise and comes back to the [likely] conclusion: Nothing has changed, Microsoft's offer is still much more than Yahoo shareholders are likely to get elsewhere, especially if the price goes up.
Discussion: Barron's Online
Fabrice Grinda / Musings of an Entrepreneur:
OLX just raised $13.5 million  —  OLX just raised another $13.5 million from General Catalyst, Bessemer Venture Partners, Founders Fund and DN Capital.  This brings the total raised to $23.5 million as we had raised $10 million in September 2006 from the same VCs and various angels.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:   Craigslist Competitor OLX Raises $13.5M
‘Amazon Tax’ Lands in New York  —  Controversial new law shifts collection requirement to online retailers in a move that other states could follow, but legal uncertainties abound.  —  With the passage of the hotly debated state budget last night, New York legislators approved a bill …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Era of blogger's control is over  —  Louis Gray, who is now my favorite blogger who covers what's happening in the social media space, writes a blog post about how bloggers are getting worried about the fracturing of their comments.  It is currently on the top of TechMeme, and since today's Saturday …
Fred / A VC:
Plugin Functionality - In the browser or on the page?  —  I love firefox extensions and use a bunch of them.  The plugin architecture has made the browser much more powerful.  There are many things that you can do with a browser plugin, but the two most obvious things are add functionality …
Mike Gunderloy / Web Worker Daily:
GroupTweet Enhances Twitter  —  One of the persistent complaints about Twitter is that it doesn't offer any sort of “group” functionality: messages from everyone you follow come in as a big heap, and anything you say goes to all of your followers.  GroupTweet provides a solution for the second half …
Alina Tugend / New York Times:
At a Certain Age, Simplicity Sells in High-Tech Gadgets  —  ALL right, everyone under the age of 40, go run around the block or something.  This column is not for you.  —  It is for people like me, inching toward 50, who are, let us say, not technology-averse, but do not embrace it with the unquestioning love that our children do.
David Krug / The Blog Herald:
Gridjit,A Social Portal for Twitter  —  I recently stumbled upon a great social portal called Gridjit that allows you to view your Tweets in a far different fashion.  This is great for me as I don't always check Tweets like the rest of my social network.  Over on the their blog …
Discussion: Download Squad and SheGeeks
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Digital Information 250 Years From Now  —  The US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has apparently decided to end its policy of taking a “digital snapshot” of all public congressional and federal web sites after each congressional and presidential term.
Discussion: Computerworld and Slashdot
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
Flat-rate plans may leave carriers gasping for bandwidth  —  The proliferation of unlimited cell phone plans, be they voice, SMS, or data, will result in much greater demands on the infrastructure of the cellular phone companies, according to a new report by market research firm ABI Research.
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Wiki FM Lets You Listen to Bands on While Reading their Bios on Wikipedia
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
FCC moves closer to ruling on SMS censorship issue
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
TV Networks Seek Formula for Online Ads
Discussion: and Mashable!
Harrison Hoffman / CNET
The Masters swings for rich Web coverage
Discussion: Mashable! and NewTeeVee
Peter / The Local Onliner:
HyperLocal Efforts Keep Going; OurTown Launches
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
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Josh Walrath / PC Perspective:
Phil Hester of AMD Resigns
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Firefox Logo Spied In Deep Space
Discussion: Gadgetell, Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Digg
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone to Support GPS, Stereo Bluetooth, Nike+, Battle Hackers
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
Lessons From Twitter: #1  —  A number of years ago now …
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Meet Facebook's new number two
Discussion: Mashable!