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5:00 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 …
BBC:
Dell to use Ubuntu on Linux PCs  —  Computer maker Dell has chosen Ubuntu as the operating system for its range of Linux computers for consumers.  —  Fans of Linux hope that the move will persuade more mainstream PC users to abandon Microsoft Windows and opt for the open-source operating system.
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:   Dell to offer Ubuntu 7.04 pre-installed
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 …
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Bloomberg:
News Corp. Makes $5 Billion Offer for Dow Jones (Update1)  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. made an unsolicited offer to buy Dow Jones & Co. for about $5 billion to expand its reach into business media with the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.  —  Directors and the Bancroft family …
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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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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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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?
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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How I got banned from Digg  —  It all started last night.  I'm reading my RSS feeds and I come across an article on Digg. … Are you serious?  That's awesome!  Somebody found a key that allows Linux users watch HD-DVDs!  Naturally, I wanted to find out more, so I clicked the link.
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 …
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.
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Joost (almost) Launches  —  Updated: It won't be for another few days before anyone can join Joost, but the company has officially announced that it is launching commercially.  Starting today, existing beta testers can now invite anyone to join Joost.  Beta testers visit the "Invite Friends" …
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.
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 …
 
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Rick Broida / Lifehacker:
Zune: Hack the Zune software to support more audio/video formats
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: UAC approach is so good, other OSes should follow suit
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Turning Dimes Into Dollars: The Basics Of Low-Bid PPC
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Apple:
Steve Jobs to Kick Off Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2007
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Evite threatens to sue Socializr for copyright infringement
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