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6:35 PM ET, May 1, 2007


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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 …
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
Discussion: Open Sources
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt
DealBook:   News Corp. Is Said to Bid for Dow Jones
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.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Google's Personalization Push: iGoogle, Localization, Gadget Maker  —  The announcement last night of iGoogle (the new name for Google Personalized Homepage), Gadget Maker and other localization features, shows that Google is ramping up its personalization efforts once again.
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" …
Toby Sterling / Associated Press:
Dutch internet TV company to show CNN
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Google Officially Responds To Viacom; Bickering Continues
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,  —  What's so special about this deal beyond the shear size of Comcast and the inventory …
Stuff to Think About:
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.
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:   HD-DVD key fiasco is an example of 21st century digital revolt
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 …
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 …
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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Zune: Hack the Zune software to support more audio/video formats
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Matt Asay / Open Sources:
OpenLaszlo on Adobe's and Microsoft's open source RIA moves
Steve Jobs to Kick Off Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2007
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