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Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: Twitter: We’re still the free-speech wing of the free-speech party (GigaOM) … Demand Media raises outlook on first-quarter revenue beat (Reuters) … Read more »

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Content owners have been hoping that France’s controversial HADOPI scheme for disconnecting file-sharers might provide a model for the rest of the world. Now, the fate of the plan is in confusion after last week’s election that brought Socialist Francois Hollande to power. Read more »

Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: The Maturation of the Billionaire Boy-Man (Henry Blodget, New York) …
The Campus Tsunami (David Brooks, New York Times) .. Read more »

Hip-hop icon Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys passed on Friday, leaving a legacy of advocacy and great music. The albums of Yauch and his band taught suburban kids about malt liquor and dust, but were also a wizardly pastiche of music and culture — from Sly & the Family Stone to Mr. Ed to Alfred E. Neuman. Read more »

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Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: Time Inc. Shrinking Again (All Things D) … Twitter’s big problem: It still needs better filters (GigaOM) … Read more »

Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: Microsoft invests $300 million in Barnes & Noble’s Nook, college biz (paidContent) … Start-ups Keep Revenue at Zero to Cash In on Acquisition (NYT Bits) … Read more »

Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: WordPress Is Now A ~$50 Million Business, But It Still Won’t Take My Money (SplatF) … Daily Dot, Editor-in-Chief Part Ways (Mashable) .. Read more »

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The internet is supposed to be about the end of intermediaries. Then why are middlemen so successful? For years, aggregators have ruled the content space and now a new breed of brokers is using technology to redefine the interaction between readers and publishers. Read more »

Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: Confessions of an Ad Tech Exec (Digiday) … Netflix adds 3M subs, beats forecasts, stock craters (paidContent) … Read more »

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The 650 patents that Facebook acquired from Microsoft are “web-related” said a source with knowledge of the deal and listed some specific examples. The source said the portfolio includes patents related to: instant-messaging, e-commerce, LTE, mobile, handsets, search and advertising. Read more »

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Facebook announced today that it will pay $550 million for the right to 650 patents and patent applications from Microsoft.

Microsoft acquired those patents and hundreds of others in a deal with AOL earlier this month. Read more »

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Privacy is a bit like the weather — everyone talks about it but no one does a damn thing about it. Sure, it’s creepy that these companies track you and munch your personal information. But are you really going to ditch Facebook and every other online convenience of modern life? Read more »

Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: paidContent 2012 adds Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne (paidContent) …
All Eyes Turn to Windows 8 (Wall Street Journal) Read more »

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