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4:20 PM ET, April 12, 2008


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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 …
Mark Evans:
Are Pageviews Still Relevant for Bloggers?  —  There's a mini-hullabolu happening (don't you just love Techmeme on the weekends!) over the emergence of Shyftr, a new service where you can read blog posts and comment on them.  —  The discussion centres around whether this is content theft given …
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Fine, I'll Say It: Shyftr Crosses The Line  —  Well, I can already tell what the headlining post this weekend is going to be on Techmeme (or bitchmeme, a la MG), and its going to probably revolve around Shyftr, a relatively new service in the RSS aggregating category (and lo, since I started writing, it has begun!)
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.
‘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 …
New York Times:
Yahoo, Weighing Options, Keeps Them Open  —  Yahoo's board met Friday to evaluate Microsoft's takeover bid and other alternatives but did not make a formal decision on which option to pursue, people briefed on the meeting said.  —  Yahoo's board did authorize the company's management …
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
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Competitor OLX Raises $13.5M  —  According to co-founder Fabrice Grinda, “OLX is probably the largest classified site no one has ever heard of.”  And now it's also the most funded classified site no one has ever heard of, having secured an additional $13.5M in Series B funding today …
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.
Harrison Hoffman / CNET
The Masters swings for rich Web coverage  —  For those of you who have tuned out the golf world, the most prestigious tournament in golf, The Masters, is this weekend.  —  To mark its 72nd year, Augusta is turning up the heat on its online presence.  With partner IBM, Augusta National …
Discussion: Mashable! and NewTeeVee
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.
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Meet Facebook's new number two  —  Sheryl Sandberg has held high-profile jobs at the World Bank, the Treasury Department and Google.  Her latest challenge?  Making Facebook as profitable as it is popular.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — This is only day 13 on the job for Sheryl Sandberg …
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Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
TV Networks Seek Formula for Online Ads
Peter / The Local Onliner:
HyperLocal Efforts Keep Going; OurTown Launches
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
Josh Walrath / PC Perspective:
Phil Hester of AMD Resigns
Discussion: MarketWatch, DailyTech and Engadget
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Firefox Logo Spied In Deep Space
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Digg
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone to Support GPS, Stereo Bluetooth, Nike+, Battle Hackers
 Earlier Items: 
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
Lessons From Twitter: #1  —  A number of years ago now …
Driving IT Innovation at General Motors
Sara Corbett / New York Times:
Can the Cellphone Help End Global Poverty?
Discussion: TeleRead, Smart Mobs and Beet.TV
John Markoff / Bits:
The Coming of the Holodeck  —  Virtuality reality at a desktop computer …
Anthony Klan / The Australian:
Google execs out of sight