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Staci D. Kramer /
Google Files Response To Viacom Lawsuit; Denies Claims; Seeks Jury Trial  —  The legal to-and-fro between Google/YouTube and Viacom continued today when the search company planned to file its response to the media company's $1 billion-plus claims of copyright infringement.
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Google says Viacom lawsuit threat to Internet use  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 30 (Reuters) - Viacom Inc.'s (VIAb.N: Quote, Profile , Research) copyright infringement suit against Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile , Research) and its YouTube video-sharing unit strikes at the heart …
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Google To Viacom: Sorry, You're All Wrong  —  This won't come as a surprise to anyone, but today Google filed an answer to Viacom's copyright lawsuit against Google and its YouTube video sharing service.  As one person at Google put it, the answer to the $1 billion suit, filed in mid-March, basically says "Deny, deny, deny."
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Calls Viacom Suit on YouTube Unfounded  —  Responding to Viacom's $1 billion copyright infringement suit over video clips on YouTube, Google said Monday that it would not back off, declaring that the law was on its side.  —  "We are not going to let this lawsuit distract us," …
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Lisa Lerer / Forbes:   Google Case Spells Windfall For Lawyers
Colin Colehour / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Personalization Workshop: Gadget Maker and More  —  Today, Google is having a workshop (along with product news) on Google's personalization services.  Colin Colehour will be reporting live from the Googleplex event for us and I'll be updating the post with new info as it comes in.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
You've got gadget mail  —  Posted by by Sophia Brueckner, Software Engineer, iGoogle  —  For a while now, we Googlers have used a bit of shorthand to refer to the Personalized Homepage — a name that connotes interactivity, the Internet, and personalization all at once.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
iGoogle Gadget Maker  —  As reported by Google Blogoscoped, Google Personalized Homepage will be rebranded as iGoogle and will let you build your own gadgets using wizards.  The gadgets are very simple and are more like containers for things that matter to you: photos, videos, events.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Rebrand & New Features: Google IG To Relaunch as iGoogle
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Dell to choose Ubuntu  —  Analysis — Officially, Dell Inc. hasn't said a word yet about which Linux it will be preloading on its desktops and laptops.  Several sources within Dell, however, have told that Dell's desktop Linux pick is going to be Ubuntu.
Motion-sensitive laptop developed  —  A motion-sensitive laptop which can be controlled much like a Nintendo Wii remote is under development.  —  The tablet PC laptop has been adapted to respond to a user when moving the machine up or down, side to side, or forwards and backwards.
Informed Speculation: Jason Calacanis' next venture  —  Jason Calacanis, the publishing entrepreneur who sold a group of weblogs to AOL for $25m, has enjoyed sowing confusion about his plans.  We've been fooled ourselves.  There was the rumor run by Valleywag that the avid podcaster intended …
Gregg Keizer / Macworld:
Contest winner: Vista more secure than Mac OS  —  Editor's Note: This story is reprinted from Computerworld.  For more Mac coverage, visit Computerworld's Macintosh Knowledge Center.  —  Dino Dai Zovi, the New York-based security researcher who took home $10,000 in a highly-publicized MacBook Pro hijack …
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
VeriSign to offer passwords on bank card  —  NEW YORK - A leading provider of digital-security services wants to make disposable passwords easier for consumers to accept by squeezing the technology into the corner of a regular credit or ATM card.  —  Fran Rosch, vice president …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
MIX07: Microsoft's expanding Web platform  —  I met with Charles Fitzgerald this afternoon to talk about the MIX07 Silverlight and related announcements.  He is general manger of platform strategy for Microsoft, which means he carries the evolving script for understanding how all the pieces …
PR Newswire:
First Phase Deployment to 10,000 Homes in and Around the City of Grand Ledge, West of Michigan's Capital, Lansing  —  LOS ANGELES, April 30 /PRNewswire/ —, a Los Angeles, CA based Broadband over Power Line (BPL) network provider ( , in cooperation with Consumers Energy …
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Clear Channel Launches Social Networking Sites  —  Radio giant Clear Channel is getting into the social networking business.  The company's online music and radio division is introducing a dozen station-branded social networks in the coming months.  Each social network will function essentially …
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