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1:35 PM ET, April 13, 2008

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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Rocketboom Founder Puts His Twitter Account On Sale  —  How much is a Twitter account with nearly 1,500 followers worth?  Rocketboom founder Andrew Baron wants to find out, and launches a publicity stunt that will spark a debate about trust and privacy: He's selling his Twitter account, including the followers.
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chrisbrogan.com:
Is Your Community For Sale  —  Andrew Baron might or might not be joking about putting up his Twitter account for sale.  If he's joking, he's gone to the effort of putting it up on eBay.  Baron's influential, known for creating and running Rocketboom, and a strong supporter of the video community.
Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:   Are Twitter followers a community?
Valeria Maltoni / Conversation Agent:
Should Comments be Portable?  —  You know that I cannot resist joining an interesting conversation.  Louis Gray at Silicon Valley blog asks an interesting question - should fractured feed reader comments raise blog owner's ire? [hat tip to Chris Baskind] There are some great insights in the comments to that post you might want to read.
Discussion: Data Mining
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Stowe Boyd / /Message:
The Great Conversation Migration: Go With The Flow
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Era of blogger's control is over
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
My two cents on this week's Bitchmeme
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AlertThingy, The FriendFeed Desktop Application, Launches  —  AlertThingy, the Adobe AIR desktop application for FriendFeed that we previewed last month, has just launched.  It is one of the first applications built on the new FriendFeed API.  —  The application allows users to see the data stream …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sorry, I'm Not Buying This New Touchy-Feely Approach To The Music Tax  —  Ethan Kaplan writes a beautiful tribute to the value of music, and how we as a society must come to terms with how we will value it as the business model around recorded music continues to disintegrate.  —  I call BS on the whole post.
Discussion: larry borsato
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Ethan Kaplan / blackrimglasses.com:
Reducing Back to Art
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral Offline: If You Wanna Be A Phone Company, You Can't Go Dead  —  GrandCentral, Google's $50 million phone company, has been down all morning (see overview of service here).  And that means every single user who has started using their GrandCentral phone number isn't able to receive any calls.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Download YouTube Videos as MP4 Files  —  An interesting side-effect of YouTube's recent push for higher quality videos is that most videos can be downloaded as MP4 files directly from YouTube.  Until now, you could only get FLV files from your browser's cache or using one of the many websites that let you download YouTube videos.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Virgin Media CEO Says Net Neutrality is “A Load of Bollocks”  —  The new CEO of Virgin Media is putting his cards on the table early, branding net neutrality “a load of bollocks” and claiming he's already doing deals to deliver some people's content faster than others.
Discussion: Mashable!
Eric / Hulu Blog:
Sharing is good  —  It's been three weeks now since Hulu.com came out of private beta, and we hope you've been having fun with the service so far.  We've been excited to welcome new users to our site, but we're just as excited to see Hulu videos popping up on other corners of the web.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Secret of the iPlayer's Success: No DRM  —  It's been a great week for the BBC's iPlayer project: The Beeb has just announced that the iPlayer is now attracting 550,000 daily views on average.  The iPlayer is also now officially available on the Wii, making it the first streaming service …
Olaf de Senerpont Domis / Behind The Money Blog:
NBC uses site engagement specialist Bunchball to keep Web users glued  —  Technorati  —  Facebook  —  Digg  —  As anyone trying to make money off the Internet knows, keeping eyeballs on a Web site as long as possible is critical.  —  That concept, known in the business as “engagement” …
Discussion: Mashable! and paidContent.org
Richard S. Chang / New York Times:
It Takes a Cyber Village to Catch an Auto Thief  —  EARLY on the afternoon of March 26, two young men visited Heritage Auto Sales, a specialty dealership in Calgary, Alberta.  They asked to test-drive a dark gray 1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R, a performance model made primarily for the Japanese market and rarely seen in North America.
Discussion: VoIP Blog, Slashdot and Digg
 
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Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Advertising for bloggers has to change
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Yahoo-Microsoft Done Deal, Only Question is Price.”  Unless MSFT Walks
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Digital Information 250 Years From Now
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
Flat-rate plans may leave carriers gasping for bandwidth
 

 
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