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2:25 PM ET, March 9, 2008


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Randall Stross / New York Times:
They Criticized Vista.  And They Should Know.  —  ONE year after the birth of Windows Vista, why do so many Windows XP users still decline to “upgrade”?  —  Microsoft says high prices have been the deterrent.  Last month, the company trimmed prices on retail packages of Vista, trying to entice consumers to overcome their reluctance.
Tony Wright / Tony Wright dot com:
Every Piece of Startup Advice is a Lie (including mine)  —  Well, not all of it.  That title was blatant click-bait.  You're here and I've won.  Nyah!  —  I've long been passionate about reading and digesting every tidbit of information about what it takes to build a successful startup.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Startups Must Hire The Right People And Watch Every Penny.  Or Fail.  —  Yesterday Jason Calacanis, the founder of Mahalo (and, full disclosure, our partner at TechCrunch40), wrote a blog post titled “How to save money running a startup.”  Boy was he attacked.  Bloggers lined up to take their shots at him.
Fred / A VC:
Saving Money On Startups
Discussion: The Open Road and Web Worker Daily
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Calacanis is right: startups can't afford slackers
The world's 50 most powerful blogs  —  From Prince Harry in Afghanistan to Tom Cruise ranting about Scientology and footage from the Burmese uprising, blogging has never been bigger.  It can help elect presidents and take down attorney generals while simultaneously celebrating the minutiae of our everyday obsessions.
Discussion: IP Democracy and WOW Insider
Jay Rayner / Guardian:
The Brit dishing the dirt on America  —  Gawker's Nick Denton tells Jay Rayner how he became the king of gossip  —  The king of the gossip blogs is holding out on me.  —  ‘Where did you get the video?’  —  ‘It had been hanging around for a while.’  —  'How do you mean “hanging around”?
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Mix'08 Review: How Microsoft Is Fighting a War on Three Fronts  —  Microsoft is fighting a war — one in which it's being attacked on three sides.  Cut through the flurry of announcements out of its Mix conference this week and what emerges is the Redmond giant's three-pronged defense strategy: consumer, enterprise and developer.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Coming Soon: Nothing Between You and Your Machine  —  IT has been more than two decades since Scotty tried to use a computer mouse as a microphone to control a Macintosh in “Star Trek IV.”  —  Since then, personal computer users have continued to live under the tyranny of the mice, windows …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Slashdot
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
SXSWi: Obey the power of the flash-mob party  —  AUSTIN, Texas—"Dude, this sucks."  —  You could hear a whole lot of people saying that on Saturday night as the first real evening of South by Southwest Interactive Festival's after-parties kicked into gear.  So how come it sucked?  Well, it was the crowds.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Your Email Password: A True Horror Story About Why We Need Authentication Standards  —  Blogging developer Jeff Atwood has written up a story of password theft that will run a chill down the back of anyone who enjoys trying out new applications online.  —  The story is about a GMail archiving application …
Discussion: Spyware Sucks and Coding Horror
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:   Startups That Fail to Invest in Trust Will All Die
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Anonymize BitTorrent Transfers with BTGuard  —  BTGuard is an easy to use proxy service that adds an extra layer of privacy to your BitTorrent transfers.  The service is designed for BitTorrent users who don't want their ISPs or any third party to log or throttle their IPs or traffic.
Discussion: open
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
More Google Data: US Lousy But Europe Strong  —  Search Engine Marketing firm Efficient Frontier released more Google spending data for the month of February.  Same-advertiser spending in the US was as we reported last week: February up 19% versus January up 20%.  For comparison, Google reported Q4 US spending up 40%.
Discussion: Mashable!
Times of London:
Girls and young woman are now the most prolific web users  —  The internet began as an almost exclusively male preserve.  Now young women, from primary school age upwards, are now making it their own  —  Kate Spicer and Abul Taherreport  —  When 12-year-old Clover Reshad gets home from school …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu: Great Product, Still Screwed
Discussion: DSLreports and TechCrunch
Daniel Drew Turner / eWeek:
Apple Won't Block VOIP over Wi-Fi on iPhone
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Diferior, an Easy to Use BitTorrent CMS
Discussion: Diferior and Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone SDK Limitations: Multitasking, Java, Emulators
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
When Social Just Means Another Way To Hype Yourself
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Below $350??? Easy
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog: