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10:45 PM ET, March 23, 2008

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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Three Internet Careers That Soon Won't Exist  —  Earlier this year the New York Times detailed how careers in medicine and law - formerly bankable lifetime gigs - have lost their luster.  College grads instead are pouring their resources into trying to create (or join) the next Facebook or MySpace.
Discussion: Darren Herman and Maple Leaf 2.0
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2,433 Unread Emails Is An Opportunity For An Entrepreneur  —  Consider this response that I just received (identifying information removed) from a venture capitalist I emailed to discuss a new investment: … I remember the days before email.  For those of you who don't …
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Evidence mounting: Windows 7 going modular, subscription  —  When Windows 7 launches sometime after the start of 2010, the desktop OS will be Microsoft's most “modular” yet.  Having never really been comfortable with the idea of a single, monolithic desktop OS offering …
Billy Bragg / New York Times:
The Royalty Scam  —  LAST week at South by Southwest, the rock music conference held every year in Austin, Tex., the talk in hotel lobbies, coffeeshops and the convention center was dominated by one issue: how do musicians make a living in the age of the Internet?
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
These Crazy Musicians Still Think They Should Get Paid For Recorded Music
Discussion: Evolving Trends and Valleywag
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Rick Rolled to child porn = you're a pedophile, says FBI  —  Everyone has had it happen to them: a “friend” sends you a link in IM or over IRC that purports to be something like a cat in an awkward position with a hilarious caption.  Soon, however, you discover that the link wasn't to a lolcat at all …
Discussion: Digg
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Even at Megastores, Hagglers Find No Price Is Set in Stone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Shoppers are discovering an upside to the down economy.  They are getting price breaks by reviving an age-old retail strategy: haggling.  —  A bargaining culture once confined largely to car showrooms …
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
Reporting live from a cellphone near you ...  Jason Calacanis uses a Nokia cellphone to stream live.  He reports regularly.  —  The startup allows video from cellphones to be streamed live on the Web.  In the future, will any bad behavior may go unnoticed?  —  GET ready for your close-up.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Startup camp for entrepreneurs  —  Perhaps my favorite thing to do outside of building companies is help other folks build companies.  I was a major outsider in this business and had to fight my way inside over a decade.  It sucked at times, but it's paid off.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
A New Tool From Google Alarms Sites  —  Retailers and publishers have fought hard to work their way up in the ranking of Google's search results and refine the search features of their own Web sites to help users once they arrive.  Now, Google is taking a greater role in helping users search within particular sites.
Jens Alfke / Thought Palace:
The iPhone Has Blinders On  —  I bow to my esteemed colleague Craig Hockenberry's greater experience in iPhone development; but I must disagree with his take on the infeasibility of background applications.  He gives two reasons why networked apps shouldn't run in the background — one technical and one user-interface.
The Angry Drunk:
Today's Whiny MacMeme Is...  ...Apple is a bad “Windows citizen” because they “sneakily” “forced” Safari 3.1 on unsuspecting Windows iTunes users.  Apparently some of the whiny twats in the blogokleinbottle are up in arms that Apple offered up Safari 3.1 for Windows in the Software Update tool …
Discussion: Brandon Live! and more chaff
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New Google Mobile feature lets you search without typing  —  Google added a new entry into their robots.txt file — one way you can keep tabs on what Google doesn't want to see.  The new entry that forbids crawlers from seeing http://www.google.com/m/lcb made me naturally curious.
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Are these the first screenshots of the iPhone AppStore?  —  One of our readers sent us in some screenshots of his iPhone showing what appears to be the anticipated iTunes AppStore.  Could these pictures be the AppStore, or could it be some type of hack?  It definitely looks legit to us!
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
LED patent dispute could block Blu-ray, cellphone imports  —  According to a statement released on its web site on Thursday, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has begun an investigation into a list of companies that reads like a Who's Who in the modern electronics industry.
Discussion: Digg
 
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Dale Dougherty / O'Reilly Radar:
Hazards of Wifi  —  Our town, Sebastopol, had passed a resolution …
Discussion: Gadgetell, DSLreports and WebGuild