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12:25 PM ET, May 1, 2007


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Elinor Mills / CNET
Google denies Viacom copyright charges  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google responded to Viacom's $1 billion copyright lawsuit on Monday, arguing that it has not infringed on the rights of the media company and that the lawsuit threatens the viability of its popular YouTube video-sharing Web site as well as others like it.
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," …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Fails To Blink  —  Google responded to Viacom's $1 billion lawsuit over alleged YouTube copyright infringement today.  Their answer: Let's fight this out, in front of a jury.  —  We earlier predicted that there was no way Google would agree to a settlement with Viacom that involved any damages …
Google says Viacom lawsuit threat to Internet use
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Dell to Offer Ubuntu 7.04  —  In February when Dell launched IdeaStorm as forum for customers to contribute ideas for product offerings, we received overwhelming feedback that customers wanted Linux on desktops and notebooks.  —  As part of an overall effort to update our Linux program …
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Dell picks Ubuntu for Linux PCs  —  Dell is trying a second time to sell personal computers with Linux preinstalled, this time using the up-and-coming Ubuntu version of the open-source operating system.  —  At the end of May, the No. 2 PC maker will begin selling some consumer-focused laptop …
Discussion: Slashdot
Jack Loftus /
Dell to offer Ubuntu Linux desktops and laptops  —  In a joint statement released today, Dell Inc. and Canonical Ltd. announced that Dell will now offer laptops and desktop computers pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux 7.04.  —  The computers will be sold via Dell's web site, said Canonical's director of operations Jane Silber.
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
ONE GIANT LEAP  —  MICROSOFT RAISES STAKES IN 'NET AD BIZ BIDDING  —  Eager to catch up with Google and Yahoo!, Microsoft has emerged as a contender, along with ad giant WPP Group, to buy Internet ad firm 24/7 Real Media, The Post has learned.  —  Sources said the software giant is considering …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft After 24/7; Another Search Engine To Own SEM Firm?  —  Yahoo said it would acquire an ad network yesterday, in reaction to Google's plans to expand its own ad network by acquiring DoubleClick.  Now in One Giant Leap, the New York Post reports rumors that Microsoft might want to buy ad management company 24/7 Real Media.
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
iGoogle, Personalized Search And You  —  Yesterday was "Google Personalization Day" for me and a number of others who attended a meeting at Google with Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Products & User Experience, as well as Google Personalization Technical Lead Sep Kamvar and iGoogle Product Manager Jessica Ewing.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Colin Colehour / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Personalization Workshop: Gadget Maker and More
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Rebrand & New Features: Google IG To Relaunch as iGoogle
Discussion:, Squash, BlogHer and digg
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 …
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:   What can social networks do for traditional radio?
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 …
Discussion: Channel 9
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.
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
High Court Puts Limits on Patents  —  The Supreme Court, in its most important patent ruling in years, on Monday raised the bar for obtaining patents on new products that combine elements of pre-existing inventions.  —  If the combination results from nothing more than "ordinary innovation" …
Discussion: Open Sources
Roy Mark /
Supreme Court Sides With Microsoft
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google Hell?  —  Andy Greenberg wrote an article for Forbes entitled "Condemned To Google Hell" about supplemental results.  I was getting ready to go on vacation, so I didn't have a chance to talk to Andy, and now I wish that I had.  It's easy to read the article and come away with the impression …
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 …
Discussion: Zero Day and Consumerist
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