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3:25 PM ET, April 8, 2007

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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.
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Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:
Is allowing Google to index a newspaper's website "giving it away"  —  Maybe I'm just missing something, but this Washington Post article, "Zell Wants End to Web's Free Ride," doesn't make sense to me.  —  Quote: … I'm from the school that sees no logic in that statement.
Discussion: Colin's Corner
Doc Searls Weblog:
Earlier this last week I heard a biopic NPR report on Sam Zell, the new owner of the Tribune papers.  It was a positive piece that gave me some hope that the papers might live.  —  That hope ended this morning when I read Zell Wants End to Web's Free Ride, in the Washington Post, by reporters Frank Ahrens and Karl Vick.
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 …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Hey Google — stop linking to us
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
END OF THE WEB'S FREE RIDE?
Lucas Grindley / Lucas Grindley's blog:
Sam Zell considers picking fight with Google
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.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Burningbird
Donna Bogatin / Digital Markets:   Why Google IS afraid of Microsoft, big time
Joi Ito's Web:
Jaiku vs Twitter  —  Looks like a bunch of people are trying out Jaiku after "tasting" co-presence with Twitter.  To me, Jaiku, which existed before Twitter, is a bunch of Helsinki mobile jocks getting into the Web 2.0 of it all whereas Twitter is the Web 2.0 crowd "getting" co-presence.
Discussion: loose wire blog
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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
Adamson Rust / Inquirer:
Tom's Hardware sold  —  Update Deal closes this month  —  UPDATE We received an email from Omid Rahmat, CEO of Tom's Publishing LLC confirming a sale.  Omid said: "The rumors flying around are less than accurate.  I can only comment on one point, and I do so reluctantly, hoping to avoid more ridiculous rumors.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
IT Professionals Network Tom's Hardware Guide Sold
Elizabeth Montalbano / Computerworld:
Microsoft changes tune on selling DRM-free songs  —  Company's been talking with record labels for 'some time'  —  Following digital music pioneer Apple Inc.'s lead, Microsoft Corp. said it will soon sell digital music online without digital rights management (DRM) protection.
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Reporter at Dow Jones Online Site Resigns Over Web Venture  —  A reporter for MarketWatch, an online business news site owned by Dow Jones, resigned yesterday after published reports suggested that a Web site she started on her own might have created a conflict of interest.
Discussion: Lost Remote and MarketWatch
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.
 
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