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3:55 PM ET, May 1, 2007

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Direct2Dell:
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 …
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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 …
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
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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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.
BBC:   Personal touch to Google homepage
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?
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 …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Yahoo - Comcast = The Deal of the Year  —  Little has been written about yesterdays announcement that Yahoo would be selling display and video ads for Comcast's websites, in particular, Comcast.net.  —  What's so special about this deal beyond the shear size of Comcast and the inventory …
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Shira Ovide / MarketWatch:   Yahoo, Comcast sign online-advertising agreement
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?
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
ContextWeb Also Launches an Ad Exchange, ADSDAQ … Google's recent acquisition of DoubleClick has suddenly turned the online advertisement market into a California gold rush scenario.  It looks as if everyone either wants to buy a online ad exchange platform or wants to build one to get bought.
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 …
Elinor Mills / New York Times:
Googling state government documents  —  Google is set to announce Monday that it is working with officials in four U.S. states to make sure all the public information they have online is easily accessible through the company's search engine.  —  As part of a voluntary public-private sector partnership …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Jabber creator signs on to Wikia search project  —  Jabber founder Jeremie Miller has signed on to help develop Wikia's open-source search engine project, the organization announced.  —  The Wikia project aims to develop a search engine, crawlers and other indexing tools through a collaborative, open-source process.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: UAC approach is so good, other OSes should follow suit  —  I constantly amaze my technology pundit pals by regaling them with tales of my use of Windows Vista.  "I dunno, it doesn't crash for me"—puts them into shock.  "Actually, it boots faster than XP did, for me"—jaws hang wide open.
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
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: Engadget, Zero Day, Consumerist and Slashdot
Matt Asay / Open Sources:
OpenLaszlo on Adobe's and Microsoft's open source RIA moves  —  What with the recent changes in the RIA market, including the emergence of Microsoft's Silverlight (going into beta on Monday at the MIX conference), Adobe's decision to open source its Flex platform by the end of 2007 …
Rick Broida / Lifehacker:
Zune: Hack the Zune software to support more audio/video formats  —  Although Microsoft's Zune software was built on Windows Media Player 11, it works with only a fraction of that program's supported file formats.  A new mod bridges the gap, enabling you to convert a wealth of additional file types for Zune viewing.
Discussion: Listening Post and Gizmodo
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Calacanis' latest, Project X, Kokua?  —  Jason Calacanis, co-founder of Weblogs Inc., and now an entrepreneur-in-action at Sequoia Capital is working on a new company called, Project X. Valleywag published some details about the company earlier this week, that has the apparent backing of Mark Cuban …
 
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Jay Baage / Digital Media Wire:
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Silverlight and Microsoft Expression - Designers and Developers …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Joost (almost) Launches
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: Ozzie's quiet revolution at Microsoft
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
'Highly critical' Trillian, Winamp flaws flagged
Discussion: iDefense Labs and DailyTechRag
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Consistent with CEO Benioff's opinion of Microsoft, Salesforce.com …
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
High Court Puts Limits on Patents
Apple:
Steve Jobs to Kick Off Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2007
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Pure Digital raises $40M, its camcorders share with YouTube
David Barboza / New York Times:
Chinese E-Commerce Company Said to Plan Public Offering
BBC:
Motion-sensitive laptop developed
USA Today:
CEO Forum: Microsoft's Ballmer having a 'great time'
 

 
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