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1:20 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.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Forget Disintermediation, Focus On Open Data Exchange  —  For years Digg has had an active comment community, where the comments are submitted and appear on the Digg landing page, rather than on the article linked from Digg.  FriendFeed got into this game by making it possible to comment …
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 …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
My two cents on this week's Bitchmeme  —  A Bitchmeme is something that happens on weekends when new stories are in short supply so ideas that otherwise would be buried on Techmeme rise to the top.  Usually they're people complaining about something or other which is why they're called Bitchmemes and not Happymemes or Sarcasticmemes.
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 …
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
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
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
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.
‘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 …
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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
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Peter / The Local Onliner:
HyperLocal Efforts Keep Going; OurTown Launches
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
Josh Walrath / PC Perspective:
Phil Hester of AMD Resigns
Alina Tugend / New York Times:
At a Certain Age, Simplicity Sells in High-Tech Gadgets
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Meet Facebook's new number two
Discussion: Mashable!