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Nintendo takes a jab at the RIAA

A character in Nintendo's Animal Crossing: Wild World for their Nintendo DS apparently has something to say about the current state of the music industry:

Animal Crossing

(via Digg)

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Yahoo! buys del.icio.us

According to Joshua himself, Yahoo is now the proud owner of his social bookmarking site, del.icio.us. Yahoo is really getting serious in their Web 2.0 march by adding del.icio.us to their stable and finally reuniting del.icio.us with its long lost tagging half-brother, Flickr.

So with all these small startups popping up and some even receiving VC funding, it may seem at first like we're going through another bubble. Taking it a step further, however, we see that these companies aren't IPOing every day of the week. Investors have become a lot more cautious about what they throw money at. As a result, I think we're going to be seeing a lot more of these types of deals going through. What you'll find is that these Web 1.0 companies that have already survived the bubble will snap up the small Web 2.0 houses. Not only do big guys have more at stake, thereby being more cautious in their acquisitions, they are on much stabler footing and can afford to take a loss if things don't pan out.

This is how we're going to find out who the winners are and who the losers are in this round of startups. The winners will get acquired by the big boys who have already survived a bubble and the losers will be left out in the cold.

Just wanted to share this great news. Congrats to Josh and everyone else at del.icio.us!

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Ben Franklin and Web 2.0

Josh Petersen discusses some interesting connections he has drawn between Ben Franklin and the Web today. He calls Ben Franklin the "prototypical" blogger, saying that Franklin, "he was a self-publisher, he remixed content, he wrote it himself, sampled it from other papers, republished it, built out his own distribution network."

According to Josh, if you were looking for a modern day Franklin, look no further than Robert Scoble and Lawrence Lessig, or a combination of the two.

Josh also tells a short story about Ben Franklin that I thought was pretty funny and says a lot about the city of Philadelphia. Someone had suggested to Franklin that he set up a fund for a few hundred years with the proceeds going to the city of Philadelphia. He did just that, setting up a £1,000 fund for both Boston and Philadelphia for 200 years. When the Boston fund was cashed out, it was worth $5 million. According to Josh, "the Philadelphia one didn't do as well." That sure says a lot about the quality city Philadelphia has become.

I'm not even a quarter of the way through the talk, but I just thought these few points were worth mentioning.

UPDATE:
The word "amateur" comes from the word "amare", which is Latin for "love." An amateur does things because he loves what he does, not because of monetary gain.

(via Signal vs. Noise)

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Podsafe For Peace, "If Every Day Were Christmas"

Today's Daily Source Code marked the debut of Podsafe For Peace's Christmas song, "If Every Day Were Christmas." The song was produced by Slau in New York City and features close to 100 podsafe artists.

Adam Curry came up with the idea of a Band Aid-type holiday song about a month ago, with the proceeds going to UNICEF. Slau responded to Adam's call by sending him a reference version of this song and he coordinated with all the artists to get their parts recorded either in Slau's studio or remotely. A month later, Slau has mixed the tracks (something like 97 total) and the copy available below is the result.

If any song can drive podsafe music into the mainstream, it's this one. I, for one, am tired of listening to the same holiday music year after year. Perhaps the reason I'm excited about Christmas this year (despite being Jewish) is the ramifications this song could have for podsafe music and the recording industry in general.

There is no official way of buying this song as of yet, but podcasters are encouraged to play it on their podcasts with a note on how to donate to UNICEF. If you like this song, you can either donate to UNICEF directly (U.S. link, for others, visit the main UNICEF page) or send me some PayPal (martingordon@gmail.com) with a note saying it's for UNICEF and I'll forward the donations to them myself. If you do decide to go the direct route, let me know if you've donated (and how much, if you want) so I can keep track of how many/much people have donated.

If you're sharing the song on your own blog or podcast, don't forget to tag add
<a href="http://technorati.com/tag/podsafeforpeace" rel="tag">podsafeforpeace</a>

to the page so it shows up on Technorati.

Here's the Podsafe Music Network page for the song.

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