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1:10 AM ET, April 14, 2008

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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link By Link: He Wrote 200,000 Books (but Computers Did Some of the Work)  —  It's not easy to write a book.  First you have to pick a title.  And then there is the table of contents.  If you want the book to be categorized, either by a bookseller or a library, it has to be assigned …
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
How to Lose Followers and Alienate a Community  —  It seems like there have been quite a few Bitchmemes this week, but the one from yesterday/today about Andrew Baron (founder of RocketBoom) auctioning off his Twitter account takes the cake.  —  Part of me is thinking: Who the hell would buy someone else's Twitter account?
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Incredibly Shrinking Music Biz — EMI Shutting Down Some Asian Offices — EMI, one of the global music majors, is shutting down some of its offices in Asia.  Offices in Thailand and Singapore have already been shuttered, while regional headquarters in Hong King are ready for the grim reaper, Music 2.0 reports.
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Maths / Music 2.0:
EMI Closing Asian Offices - Major Labels' Global Foibles Exposed  —  With Guy Hands ringing in the changes at the helm of EMI and as a follow-up to the announced huge layoffs - reported to number as many as 2,000 - some of it will manifest itself with the closure of a significant number …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Clock Ticking On Pageflakes?  —  Personalized web page startup Pageflakes has run into trouble and is desperately seeking a buyer, according to our sources.  The company is rumored to be running low on cash and will join the dot.gone club unless it can find last-minute buyers.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
More Details On The Google-Salesforce “Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend” Alliance  —  On Monday, Google and Salesforce are officially announcing the complete integration of Google Apps (Docs, Calendar, Gmail, and Gtalk) and Salesforce's online enterprise apps.  TechCrunch broke the story last week.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and CNET News.com
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
YouTorrent Goes Legal, and Up For Sale  —  In just a matter of weeks since its launch, YouTorrent has become one of the most popular BitTorrent meta-search engines.  This weekend, however, it revealed a shift in strategy and it now only indexes sites that host torrent files linking to “licensed” content.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
March Madness On Demand Stats: 4.7 Million Unique Video Player Users; 4.9 Million Hours Served  —  The final stats are in for CBSSports.com's most-open March Madness on Demand ... it's hard to do perfect comps to previous years given the way the offering has evolved to include all the games this year …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Wi-Fi poised for pilot flights at 4 airlines  —  Wireless Internet is literally taking off.  We're talking cruising at 35,000 feet above the Earth.  —  A handful of airlines are poised to offer wireless Internet access inside their planes, giving passengers the ability to answer e-mails …
Dave Stanley / Shyftr Blog:
RSS Feeds, Community, Publishers, and Revisions  —  Over the past few days, much discussion has occurred regarding the nature of Shyftr and its service.  —  Shyftr is a social RSS reader.  Like other RSS readers, Shyftr provides tools for people to aggregate, organize, read, and share RSS feeds they are subscibed to.
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Beaming Online Services Toward Blacks  —  CHEAP computers and Internet connections have helped people get online in greater numbers in recent years.  Now Barry Diller's IAC/InteractiveCorp wants to make money by helping minority groups connect more easily to specific sites.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Mibbit: IRC so easy, your mom could use it  —  Back before the days of Meebo Rooms and really great, full featured desktop IM applications there was IRC.  Its group chat channels provided a place of entertainment, tech support, and one of the original vehicles for P2P file sharing.
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Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Starts to Index the Invisible Web
Discussion: Datawocky
John Markoff / New York Times:
When Tech Innovation Has a Social Mission
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AlertThingy, The FriendFeed Desktop Application, Launches
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