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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Why YouTube's PRS Spat Is Just One Battle In The Coming Online Music War  —  Google's opposition to proposed new UK music rates may look like just public posturing, as private negotiations continue.  But it's only one instance of what may become an increasingly fractious tug 'o war between online services …
Discussion: Music Ally
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
How Not To ‘Save’ The Music Industry: Ask The Folks Who Benefited From Old Inefficiencies  —  There's a group in the UK called “MusicTank,” which is supposed to represent something of a “think tank” around the music industry.  It was the head of MusicTank, back at Midem, who “joked” …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Labels: whatever the future of music is, it isn't “free”
Discussion: TorrentFreak and The Independent
Engineering Windows 7:
A few more changes from Beta to RC...  Hey folks, just wanted to provide another update (building on the recent post on some changes since Beta) on some of the changes you will see in the Release Candidate.  Again, there are many and this is not an exhaustive list.
David Wood / Symbian Foundation Blog:
Introducing the Release Plan  —  There's a lot of activity underway, throughout the software development teams for all the different packages that make up the Symbian Platform.  —  These packages are finding their way into platform releases.  The plan is that there will be two platform releases each year.
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
It was 20 years ago today: The Web  —  History in the making: Berners-Lee's original schematic for a client/server model for a distributed hypertext system.  —  Is it already 20 years since Tim Berners-Lee authored “Information Management: A proposal” and set the technology world on fire?
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Happy 20th Birthday, World Wide Web
Discussion: CNET News and pluGGd.in
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How We Search With The Twitter “Help Engine”  —  Is Twitter a search engine or not?  There's been plenty of discussion and debate about this recently.  I'd say yes, in a way.  It's clear to anyone who watches a twitterstream that people put out questions to Twitter similar to how they use search engines.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cisco's expected Unified Computing System splash raises a data center ruckus  —  Cisco Systems on Monday is widely expected to launch network servers in a move that will put it in the virtualization business and potentially at odds with players like Hewlett-Packard and IBM.
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:   Technology Rumor of the Day: Cisco
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPod touch—not lies—sets kid's pants on fire; parents sue  —  “Liar liar, pants on fire!”  One kid from Cincinnati won't be able to listen to that one again after allegedly having an iPod touch actually set his pants on fire, resulting in melted underwear and second degree burns on his leg.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Getting Serious About Vanity URLs  —  Facebook is getting wise to something MySpace has known from the start - users love vanity URLs.  When you tell someone your MySpace page, you just say myspace.com/[user/brand/band/ etc.]  (I'm myspace.com/mikearrington).  On Facebook it has always been more difficult.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mobile Today:
O2 drops price on 3G iPhone ahead of new Apple device this summer  —  Stocks cleared as new Apple iPhone set for July release  —  O2 is poised to tweak prices on the 3G iPhone in May, ahead of what is believed to be a new Apple mobile phone in June or, most likely, July, Mobile can exclusively reveal.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Fire Eagle perches on Facebook  —  Despite the hype they get, location-based services have yet to catch on in the mainstream.  The problem so far is that most of the social networks that use location are relatively small — at least, compared to something like Facebook, which is nearing 200 million users.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
New AOL Chairman and CEO-and About-To-Be-Ex-Googler-Tim Armstrong Speaks!  —  For a tall man, Tim Armstrong has been on an awful lot of online companies' short lists.  —  For a big Web exec job, that is.  Indeed, whenever one opens up in the Internet space, the 6-foot 3-inch Google ad sales …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
FanSnap Is The New Kayak For Event Ticket Searches  —  Event tickets are a big business and startup FanSnap is entering the game with a compelling ticket search engine.  FanSnap is launching the public beta of its nifty Kayak-like live ticket search engine for sports, concerts, and theater events.
Discussion: AltSearchEngines and Scobleizer
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
MagicJack far from enchanting  —  You've probably seen the ads on TV, especially if you're up late.  Plug a little device called magicJack into a PC, then connect your telephone, and get unlimited calls throughout the United States for $20 a year.  —  To me, there was a whiff of sleaze about the whole thing.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Foursquare Seeks to Turn Nightlife Into a Game  —  Dennis Crowley's last big project, a location-based messaging service called Dodgeball, was just shut down by its owner, Google.  —  But Mr. Crowley got back in the game Friday with Foursquare, a free mobile application that aims to turn nightlife …
Keith Sevcik / CNET News:
Why Google Maps blurring would set us back  —  Editor's note: This guest post by Drexel University researcher Keith Sevcik is in response to statements made by California assemblyman Joel Anderson in a Q&A conducted earlier this week with CNET News.  —  California Assemblyman Joel Anderson wants …
Discussion: AppScout
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
TheStreet.com CEO Out  —  Shakeup at financial news site Thestreet.com (TSCM), founded by Jim Cramer.  CEO Thomas J. Clarke Jr is leaving the company after over 9 years on the job.  —  No word yet on a successor — director Daryl Otte will oversee the search for a new boss.
InfoWorld:
Amazon, Microsoft improve their cloud computing game  —  Amazon has introduced EC2 Reserved Instances which allow you to obtain a reduced hourly fee for an upfront payment that varies according to which level of EC2 server you use.  So, for example, with an upfront payment of US$325 …
Economist:
An idea whose time has come  —  Entrepreneurialism has become cool  —  VICTOR HUGO once remarked: “You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.”  Today entrepreneurship is such an idea.  —  The triumph of entrepreneurship is driven by profound technological change.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Adium to Integrate Twitter by IM  —  Popular Mac multi-service IM software Adium will include sophisticated support for Twitter in its next version, Adium has announced on its blog.  Instant messaging access has been shut off for months and isn't coming back any time soon …
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Mystery of missing iTunes Genius feature solved  —  We're no stranger to odd happenings in the world of Apple—sometimes it's a bit like ufology or cryptozoology, all apocryphal stories and blurry photos.  But the company's predilection to secrecy doesn't always help clear up matters when confusion arises.
Jason Fitzpatrick / Lifehacker:
JPEGSnoop Sniffs Out Signs of Editing  —  Windows only: JPEGSnoop is a small and portable application that sleuths through images determine if the image has been altered or edited.  —  JPEGSnoop starts by reading a JPEG/JPG file's EXIF data to give you a wealth of information about the photo …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Search Streak Snapped, Loses Share In Feb (Google Gains)  —  Minor changes in search share in February: Yahoo's string of search-share gains was snapped in February, although the company's share is hanging in at above 20%.  Google, meanwhile, regained its form.  —  Imran Khan, JP Morgan:
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Activision Insider Sales Not Because Company About To Blow Up — Analyst  —  Investors have been worried about insider sales at Activision (ATVI) ever since a 2002 incident when company execs sold off holdings right before a sharp downturn in the share price.
 
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