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8:45 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.
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chrisbrogan.com:
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?
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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louisgray.com:
Shyftr Responds to Critics, Alters RSS Commenting Strategy  —  Friday night's discussion around the fragmenting of comments between blogs, FriendFeed and RSS readers grew well beyond what I had expected.  While the issue of comments and where they should live, relative to the original blog …
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.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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: DSLreports and Googling Google
 
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Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Instant Digital Prints (and Polaroid Nostalgia)
Discussion: Digg
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Demonoid Is Back Online
Discussion: DailyTech and Mashable!
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Starts to Index the Invisible Web
John Markoff / New York Times:
When Tech Innovation Has a Social Mission
Discussion: Slashdot
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Agency under fire for decision not to save federal Web content
Eric / Hulu Blog:
Sharing is good  —  It's been three weeks now since Hulu.com came …
 Earlier Items: 
Richard S. Chang / New York Times:
It Takes a Cyber Village to Catch an Auto Thief
Discussion: Wired, VoIP Blog, Slashdot and Digg
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Secret of the iPlayer's Success: No DRM
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Advertising for bloggers has to change
David Krug / The Blog Herald:
Gridjit,A Social Portal for Twitter
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sorry, I'm Not Buying This New Touchy-Feely Approach To The Music Tax