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11:40 AM ET, April 13, 2008


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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Rocketboom Founder Puts His Twitter Account On Sale  —  How much is a Twitter account with nearly 1,500 followers worth?  Rocketboom founder Andrew Baron wants to find out, and launches a publicity stunt that will spark a debate about trust and privacy: He's selling his Twitter account, including the followers.
Is Your Community For Sale  —  Andrew Baron might or might not be joking about putting up his Twitter account for sale.  If he's joking, he's gone to the effort of putting it up on eBay.  Baron's influential, known for creating and running Rocketboom, and a strong supporter of the video community.
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
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Download YouTube Videos as MP4 Files  —  An interesting side-effect of YouTube's recent push for higher quality videos is that most videos can be downloaded as MP4 files directly from YouTube.  Until now, you could only get FLV files from your browser's cache or using one of the many websites that let you download YouTube videos.
Stowe Boyd / /Message:
The Great Conversation Migration: Go With The Flow  —  Louis Gray has posted some thoughts that have caused the question about the appropriate locus for web commentary to boil up again: … This is closely related to the conversation moving from blogs to Twitter, as I mentioned in Beyond Blogs …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   Forget Disintermediation, Focus On Open Data Exchange
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Era of blogger's control is over
Dave Winer / Scripting News:   My two cents on this week's Bitchmeme
Olaf de Senerpont Domis / Behind The Money Blog:
NBC uses site engagement specialist Bunchball to keep Web users glued  —  Technorati  —  Facebook  —  Digg  —  As anyone trying to make money off the Internet knows, keeping eyeballs on a Web site as long as possible is critical.  —  That concept, known in the business as “engagement” …
Discussion: Mashable! and
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Secret of the iPlayer's Success: No DRM  —  It's been a great week for the BBC's iPlayer project: The Beeb has just announced that the iPlayer is now attracting 550,000 daily views on average.  The iPlayer is also now officially available on the Wii, making it the first streaming service …
Richard S. Chang / New York Times:
It Takes a Cyber Village to Catch an Auto Thief  —  EARLY on the afternoon of March 26, two young men visited Heritage Auto Sales, a specialty dealership in Calgary, Alberta.  They asked to test-drive a dark gray 1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R, a performance model made primarily for the Japanese market and rarely seen in North America.
Discussion: VoIP Blog, Slashdot and Digg
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Advertising for bloggers has to change  —  Disclaimer: I doubt very much that this post will be of any interest to those bloggers out there who blog for the self-professed joy of blogging itself, or to any blogger who feels that advertising has no place on blogs, or to bloggers who think it's okay …
Discussion: Quintura blog
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 …
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 …
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 …
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
The Adolescence of the Blogosphere  —  There is something going on in the tech blogosphere and while in the age of journalism some might consider bloggers as nothing more than snotty nosed little upstarts who think they know it all.  In the age of the internet however where time is compressed …
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Next-Gen Nintendo DS Unveiled at E3 2008
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
How Much Money Does Apple Get From Google?
Fabrice Grinda / Musings of an Entrepreneur:
OLX just raised $13.5 million
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Yahoo-Microsoft Done Deal, Only Question is Price.”  Unless MSFT Walks
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
TV Networks Seek Formula for Online Ads
Discussion: and Mashable!
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Digital Information 250 Years From Now
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
Flat-rate plans may leave carriers gasping for bandwidth
Discussion: ABI Research