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5:25 PM ET, April 13, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral Offline: If You Wanna Be A Phone Company, You Can't Go Dead  —  GrandCentral, Google's $50 million phone company, has been down all morning (see overview of service here).  And that means every single user who has started using their GrandCentral phone number isn't able to receive any calls.
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.
Stowe Boyd / /Message:
Can You Sell A Twitter Account?  —  In a strange intersection of economics and sociality, Andrew Baron, the Rocketboom guy, has posted his Twitter account on eBay, specifically and as of this moment, the bid is $465.  —  The weird part is that the title of the item is “Twitter Account and Followers For Sale”.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AlertThingy, The FriendFeed Desktop Application, Launches  —  AlertThingy, the Adobe AIR desktop application for FriendFeed that we previewed last month, has just launched.  It is one of the first applications built on the new FriendFeed API.  —  The application allows users to see the data stream …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Virgin Media CEO Says Net Neutrality is “A Load of Bollocks”  —  The new CEO of Virgin Media is putting his cards on the table early, branding net neutrality “a load of bollocks” and claiming he's already doing deals to deliver some people's content faster than others.
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.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Starts to Index the Invisible Web  —  Google Webmaster Central Blog has recently announced that Google started to index web pages hidden behind web forms. … For now, only a small number of websites will be affected by this change and Google will only fill forms that use GET to submit data …
Multichannel News:
Google TV Ads: Buy The People, For The People  —  Internet Giant Preps Public Debut of Auctions For Dish Network's Local Avails  —  Soon, anyone with an Internet connection will be able to buy a TV spot — on any one of 94 networks, including A&E Network, Bravo, CNBC, CNN, Discovery, ESPN …
Discussion: Googling Google and DSLreports
Valeria Maltoni / Conversation Agent:
Should Comments be Portable?  —  You know that I cannot resist joining an interesting conversation.  Louis Gray at Silicon Valley blog asks an interesting question - should fractured feed reader comments raise blog owner's ire? [hat tip to Chris Baskind] There are some great insights in the comments to that post you might want to read.
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: Wired, VoIP Blog, Slashdot and Digg
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.
Discussion: larry borsato
Ethan Kaplan /
Reducing Back to Art
Eric / Hulu Blog:
Sharing is good  —  It's been three weeks now since came out of private beta, and we hope you've been having fun with the service so far.  We've been excited to welcome new users to our site, but we're just as excited to see Hulu videos popping up on other corners of the web.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
When Tech Innovation Has a Social Mission
Discussion: Slashdot
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Secret of the iPlayer's Success: No DRM
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Advertising for bloggers has to change
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Gridjit,A Social Portal for Twitter
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Fred / A VC:
Plugin Functionality - In the browser or on the page?
Mike Gunderloy / Web Worker Daily:
GroupTweet Enhances Twitter
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Yahoo-Microsoft Done Deal, Only Question is Price.”  Unless MSFT Walks
Discussion: Barron's Online
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
Flat-rate plans may leave carriers gasping for bandwidth