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1:05 AM 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.
Discussion: The Post Money Value
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
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
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.
Discussion: Traffick and Paul Kedrosky's …
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.
Discussion: SMS Text News
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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.
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:
Mark Boslet / Mercury News:
MarketWatch blogger resigns  —  Step comes after report on conflicts with a startup she founded  —  The blogosphere has been called the Wild West of the 21st century, a free-wheeling panoply of information from sources trustworthy and not.  —  This unrestrained environment was evident Friday …
Discussion: BloggingStocks and The Blog Herald
Editor and Publisher:
NYTimes.com Most Popular Newspaper Site — Here Is Top 30  —  NEW YORK NYTimes.com kept its strong lead in February as the top newspaper Web site, besting competitors across the country in unique audience, page views, and time spent per person on the site, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Agence France-Presse, Google settle copyright dispute  —  update News agency Agence France-Presse has entered into a licensing deal with Google, ending the dispute between the two over AFP's articles appearing on Google News.  —  The agreement, announced Friday, allows Google to post AFP content …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Windows XP still starring in HP ad  —  I was somewhat surprised to pop open yesterday's USA Today and see a nearly full page ad for an HP computer running Windows XP.  The PC, a Compaq desktop, is aimed at businesses and is touted for having dual hard drives allowing for redundant backup.
 
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