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Richard Siklos / New York Times:
This Time, the Revolution Will Be Televised  —  CONVERGENCE is back, but it is not what it used to be.  Following its release after about five years in the halfway house for overblown business ideas, it has been swiftly rehabilitated in the form of various online-offline business ventures.
Mano's Blog:
Why do I need Windows Vista?  —  OK so this post is brought to you by myself and... Robert Scoble .  Don't ask!  —  Expect more of these in the future; what I will do next is DIVE into some of these things, especially the AERO user interface and the new functionalities (improved copy+paste workflow, etc).
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Why do I need Windows Vista?  —  So, today we were arguing out just how good Windows Vista is on an internal mailing list.  Someone said "XP is good enough for me."  And I answered back with 15 videos about why I'm moving my life over to Windows Vista.  —  Manuel Clement liked it so much he put it all up on his blog.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
What a party!  —  More than 100 people showed up at last night's party.  What a night.  I'll wait for the blogs to be written.  Thanks to Steve Broback for the magic.  We sold a bunch of books, thanks to everyone who bought one, and Jessica Smith's food was just awesome.  We're uploading photos now.
Ars Technica:
Big Content would like to outlaw things no one has even thought of yet  —  The EFF's Deeplinks section has a pretty alarming post about the RIAA and MPAA's attempts to freeze the progress of consumer electronics technology and then start turning back the clock on all of us.
Discussion: unmediated
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
New Senate Broadcast Flag Bill Would Freeze Fair Use  —  Draft legislation making the rounds in the U.S. Senate gives us a preview of the MPAA and RIAA's next target: your television and radio.  (Please write your Senator about this!)  —  You say you want the power to time-shift and space-shift TV and radio?
Discussion: Techdirt
Andrew Murray-Watson / Telegraph:
Jobs to scoop $3.5bn as Pixar board approves Disney takeover  —  The board of Pixar Animation Studios, the digital animations company, is set to meet tomorrow to approve the company's $7bn (£3.9bn) takeover by Disney.  —  The all-share deal will make Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple …
Discussion: Boing Boing and MacSlash
Christopher Stern / Washington Post:
The Coming Tug of War Over the Internet  —  Do you prefer to search for information online with Google or Yahoo?  What about bargain shopping — do you go to Amazon or eBay?  Many of us make these kinds of decisions several times a day, based on who knows what — maybe you don't like bidding …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Charles McGrath / New York Times:
The Pleasures of the Text  —  There used to be an ad on subway cars, next to the ones for bail bondsmen and hemorrhoid creams, that said: "if u cn rd ths u cn gt a gd job & mo pa." The ad was promoting a kind of stenography training that is now extinct, presumably.  Who uses stenographers anymore?
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Links & Comment:
What journalists can learn from software developers  —  One result of the whole Washington Post comments debacle is that, as Jay Rosen puts it, "We're going backwards in our ability to have a conversation with the Washington Post."  The Post circles its wagons against the barbarians …
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
A Generation Serves Notice: It's a Moving Target  —  JOE HANSON, 22, of Chicago likes to watch television, but rarely on his TV.  A folder on his computer lists an inventory of downloaded cable and network programming - the kind of thing that makes traditional media executives shudder.
David Ng / Forbes:
Google, Yahoo! Lead Parade Of Bad Tech News  —  It was one earnings miss after another in what was certainly the worst week for technology stocks in recent memory.  Missed estimates caused big-name shares to trip up, spreading their bad vibes through anything tech-related.
Discussion: Googling Google
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Technology's Seamier Side  —  Fates of Pornography and Internet Businesses Are Often Intertwined  —  At the adult entertainment industry's equivalent of the Oscars in Las Vegas this month, comedian-host Greg Fitzsimmons zeroed in on the entrenched relationship between the Internet and pornography.
Jamais Cascio / WorldChanging:
Virtual Complementary Currencies  —  The real world/online game world mash-up continues.  —  The possibility of the government taxing the money you "earn" in online games (through killing dragons or whatnot) became much greater this week, as Second Life Boutique — an online store …
Terry Teachout / Wall Street Journal:
A Hundred Books in Your Pocket  —  The e-book will transform reading — and writing  —  NEW YORK — The e-book is back.  So are the technophobes who swear it'll never catch on.  They were right last time, and they might be right this time, too.  Sooner or later, though, they'll be wrong — and when they are, your life will change.
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Mat /
Mobile Opportunities  —  Went along to Mobile Opportunities today.  Tony Fish of AMF Ventures brought a good crowd of enterprises, entrepreneurs and investors, many part of the Momo community, to the basement auditorium of Simmons & Simmons in the city.  The investment part …

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