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    Digital Music Downloads Surpasses CD Sales

    According to Bloomberg News today, US digital music sales will rise to $3.4 billion this year, exceeding the $3.38 billion in revenue from physical purchases, driven largely by streaming music sites like Spotify and Pandora. Well, yeah. It is about time.

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    “Be a Hero” Flyer

    Help us spread the word about hands only CPR and the Hands for Life Stamford 2012 event coming up on August 25th at Chelsea Piers CT; download this printable PDF flyer for your office, church/temple group, family function, PTA meeting, and/or class reunion.

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    If you ever wanted to include images during your real-time Facebook chats, now you can!

    Facebook Smiley Chat Codes gives you a way to convert an image to “text” (special numerical strings that Facebook knows to interpret as an image) that you can easily copy and paste directly into your chat box.

    Facebook Smiley Chat Codes hosts your images for free but the site is supported by advertising so you may want to be discreet in your subject matter. This is not Snapchat for Facebook.

    Happy photo chatting!

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    Digg: From $164 Million to $500,000

    While most of us are still slack-jawed over Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram, the Wall Street Journal reports Betaworks buys Digg for just $500,000. Once valued at over $160 million four short years ago (when Kevin Rose ruled the world), it is a reminder how fickle the Internet can be. Don’t blink, you might miss the next bubble burst.

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    There has been a lot of reporting of the dispute between Viacom and DirecTV. Since I don’t actually subscribe to DirecTV, I listened with passing interest.

    When I read that Viacom deliberately stopped streaming content online in an attempt to thwart DirecTV, it seemed like the media giant was cutting off its nose to spite its face. Moreover, it is a complete disregard to the online viewers. In terms of dollars and cents, I’m sure the fallout is inconsequential but it is just one more example of how traditional media companies view their online counterparts.

    I know, be patient. There is a bigger revolution taking place and soon we will no longer have lines between mediums. I guess still sore from how I went from programming paid by advertising to programming I pay for with advertising.

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