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2:00 PM ET, April 8, 2007

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Paul Graham:
Microsoft is Dead  —  A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead.  I was talking to a young startup founder about how Google was different from Yahoo.  I said that Yahoo had been warped from the start by their fear of Microsoft.  That was why they'd positioned themselves as a …
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Since when does growing $4 Billion a year = Dead?  —  Paul Graham, founder of Y-Combinator, declares Microsoft is dead.  Paul must be living in a cave somewhere, or drunk on the Web 2.0 Kool-Aid.  Paul obviously wrote his headline to grab attention and attract links to his blog.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Is Microsoft dead?  Feh.  —  Paul Graham posits that Microsoft is dead and the cause of death is:  —  1. Murder by Google.  —  2. Oh who cares, it's all bulls**t.  —  In fact, Microsoft is not dead, because (come on get real) it's a company, and companies aren't living, and they don't die.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Why Do People Hate Building Desktop Applications?  —  After reading Paul Graham's inflammatory post about how Microsoft is dead, Simeon Bateman and I got into a little back and forth over IM about the merits of what he was saying.  I tend to agree with Don Dodge, about both the title of the piece and the …
Jeff Ventura / Graceful Flavor:
Apple's role in Microsoft's downfall.  —  Paul Graham of Y Combinator recently penned a thoughtful essay called Microsoft is Dead, and he provides reasons that, if you're a steady reader of this blog (or the news, really), shouldn't come as much of a surprise to you.
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Microsoft "Dead"?  Please.  —  Paul Graham, VC, and one of the many men behind Y Combinator, has pronounced that Microsoft is Dead.  Well, if this isn't one heckuva piece of linkbait.  And on a quiet April weekend, its probably going to reverb until Monday, thanks to getting Techmeme'd.
Discussion: gapingvoid
Donna Bogatin / Digital Markets:   Why Google IS afraid of Microsoft, big time
Washington Post:
Zell Wants End to Web's Free Ride  —  It's time for newspapers to stop giving away their stories to popular search engines such as Google, according to Samuel Zell, the real estate magnate whose bid for Tribune Co. was accepted this week.  —  In conversations before and after a speech Zell …
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Sam Zell is going to lose billions on newspapers and the Washington Post has no idea what they're talking about.  —  I just read this quote from an interview with Sam Zell, the real-estate billionaire who paid billions for a bunch of newspapers, and who apparently has no idea how Google works.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
12 tips before you buy Nokia N95  —  WEEKEND REVIEW: Darla Mack says that the Nokia flagship stores in Chicago and New York are about to start selling the much-awaited Nokia N95 phones.  The phone, often described by Nokia executives as the ultimate multimedia computer …
Mark Shuttleworth:
Note to content owners: DRM doesn't work  —  There are some ideas that are broken, but attractive enough to some people that they are doomed to be tried again and again.  —  DRM is one of them.  —  I was thrilled to see recently that the processing key for *all* HD discs produced to date has been discovered and published.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and digg
Douglas A Karr / The Marketing Technology Blog:
I Canceled My Basecamp Account Today  —  In the past, I've been a fan of 37 Signals.  I believe that they were ahead of their day in user interface design and simplicity.  Their book, Getting Real, still has an impact in how I develop, design, and build product requirements.
Kristen Nicole / 606Tech:
Interview with Jaiku co-founder Jyri Engeström - Twitter Alternative  —  With the extreme popularity of Twitter, and the talk of how it should be acquired soon, it only makes sense that similar services emerge and gain traction as well.  Jaiku is Twitter's most relevant rival, and I can clearly see why.
Orbitcast:
Two Can Play: Mock ad showing NAB flip-flops  —  I figured that since the NAB can create anti-merger ads, I can just as well create my own pseudo-ad showing the NAB's inconsistencies.  So here goes:
Sherveen Mashayekhi / MyGamerCard.net News:
Xbox 360 Spring 2007 Dashboard Update  —  Above, you'll find a video of the Xbox 360 Spring 2007 Dashboard Update, as leaked and quickly pulled by GameSpot.  The video features many of the highlights of the update, some of which are the following: … Well, first and foremost …
 
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Burke Hansen / The Register:
Verisign wastes no time jacking up domain prices
Discussion: Epicenter and digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Leo Laporte leaves Twitter for Jaiku
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Microsoft dropping DRM from Zune Music Store
Discussion: 43 Folders and digg
Mark Boslet / Mercury News:
MarketWatch blogger resigns