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1:55 PM ET, May 1, 2007

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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
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 …
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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 …
Jack Loftus / searchenterpriselinux.techtarget.com:   Dell to offer Ubuntu Linux desktops and laptops
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:   Dell to offer Ubuntu 7.04 pre-installed
Donald Melanson / Engadget:   Dell set to offer pre-loaded Ubuntu "within weeks"
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Dell may give Ubuntu a mainstream lift
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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 …
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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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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.
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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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Google Officially Responds To Viacom; Bickering Continues
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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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.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
iGoogle, Personalization and the Coming iAdvertising Revolution
Billboard.Biz:
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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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: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Channel 9
Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Offers $60 a Share In Unsolicited Bid for Dow Jones  —  News Corp. has made a $5 billion takeover offer for Dow Jones & Co., parent company of The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones announced.  —  Dow Jones said in a statement that its board, and members of the Bancroft family …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Pure Digital raises $40M, its camcorders share with YouTube  —  Pure Digital, the San Francisco maker of low-cost camcorders, releases tomorrow (Tuesday) a new line of devices that let you upload video directly to YouTube.  —  Called Flip Video camcorders, they are the first that easily let you upload directly to YouTube.
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Paul Tharp / New York Post:
MORGAN'S LITTLE YOUTUBE FILLER
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BBC:
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.
Apple:
Steve Jobs to Kick Off Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2007  —  Apple® today announced that Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, will kick off its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2007 at San Francisco's Moscone West.
 
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PEW Report: Teens Getting Smart about Online Privacy
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Growth Of The Pirate Bay As A Political Movement
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
VeriSign to offer passwords on bank card
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