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5:40 PM ET, March 9, 2008

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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Mark Zuckerberg SXSW keynote  —  AUSTIN, TX — 1:53 p.m. Central Time: Facebook PR director Brandee Barker gave me this exclusive scoop: CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who's due to take the stage for his SXSW Interactive keynote in minutes, is not wearing his famous Adidas flip-flops.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Mark Zuckerberg, Sarah Lacey Interview Disaster  —  Of all the interviews I have ever had the opportunity to sit in on, this one takes the cake for being the worst.  Sarah Lacey, the author of a Newsweek cover article as well as a book on Mark Zuckerberg, appeared to spend more time discussing …
Catherine Holahan / Tech Beat:
Mark Zuckerberg is A Nice Guy  —  I know.  I know.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is supposed to be this arrogant braniac.  One would assume he'd have to be in order to have the cojones needed to run a $15 billion company at age-23.  In fact, seeing him on stage at prior Facebook media events …
Fred / A VC:
Startup Advice Weekend  —  Lot's of advice in the blogs this weekend for budding entrepreneurs:  —  Jason Calacanis says you have to save money  —  I agree and emphasize several key areas for saving  —  Mike Arrington also agrees and says hiring the right people is the most important thing
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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.
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.
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and Scobleizer
Guardian:
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.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Text Generation Gap: U R 2 Old (JK)  —  AS president of the Walt Disney Company's children's book and magazine publishing unit, Russell Hampton knows a thing or two about teenagers.  Or he thought as much until he was driving his 14-year-old daughter, Katie, and two friends to a play last year in Los Angeles.
Discussion: apophenia
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News:
Xbox 360 Price-Cut Tomorrow?  —  The Financial Times Germany (German) published a story saying that Microsoft will cut the price for the Xbox 360 on Monday across Europe.  —  The Xbox 360 Arcade is supposed to sell for only 199 Euro instead of 280 Euro.  A 199 Euro Xbox 360 would be 50 Euro cheaper than a Nintendo Wii.
Discussion: MCV, Xbox 360 Fanboy, Engadget and Gizmodo
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%.
 
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Lori Aratani / Washington Post:
When Mom or Dad Asks To Be a Facebook ‘Friend’
Times of London:
Girls and young woman are now the most prolific web users
Discussion: Mashable!
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Anonymize BitTorrent Transfers with BTGuard
Discussion: open
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Lessig Questions Pirate Party's Existence
John Markoff / New York Times:
Coming Soon: Nothing Between You and Your Machine
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Slashdot
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu: Great Product, Still Screwed
Discussion: DSLreports
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Drew Turner / eWeek:
Apple Won't Block VOIP over Wi-Fi on iPhone
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Your Email Password: A True Horror Story About Why We Need Authentication Standards
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
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
 

 
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

 
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