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4:10 PM ET, April 4, 2009

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Bob Caswell:
New Microsoft Ad: Macs are “so sexy” but...  Microsoft just came out with its second Laptop Hunters video.  Personally, I think this one is better than the first one, but you decide (embedded below).  —  We've got a guy with a $1,500 budget looking for portability, battery life, and power.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and VentureBeat, Thanks:bobcaswell
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Another Microsoft Ad That Ignores Windows  —  Tired of all the banter about Lauren, the lady who spurned the 17-inch MacBook Pro for an HP laptop?  Meet Giampaolo, the newest protagonist in Microsoft's “Laptop Hunters” ad campaign for Windows:  —  The format of the commercial is the same as the …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
New Palm Pre apps underscore Apple's iPhone limitations  —  While third-party apps are being trumpeted as the iPhone's strength, key Palm Pre demos this week were designed to highlight their restrictions by taking advantage of those precise things that Apple won't allow.
Discussion: I4U News, TeleRead and MacDailyNews
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
The iPhone Gold Rush  —  IS there a good way to nail down a steady income?  In this economy?  —  Try writing a successful program for the iPhone.  —  Last August, Ethan Nicholas and his wife, Nicole, were having trouble making their mortgage payments.  Medical bills from the birth of their younger son were piling up.
Joshua Schachter / joshua's blog:
on url shorteners  —  URL shortening services have been around for a number of years.  Their original purpose was to prevent cumbersome URLs from getting fragmented by broken email clients that felt the need to wrap everything to an 80 column screen.  But it's 2009 now, and this problem no longer exists.
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Brian X. Chen / Epicenter:
DiggBar Digs up Bitter Nostalgia Among Critics
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Analysis: Which URL Shortening Service Should You Use?  —  URL shortening services are experiencing a renaissance in the age of Twitter.  When every character counts, these services reduce long URLs to tiny forms.  But which is the best to use, when so many are offered and new ones seem to appear each day?
Discussion: louisgray.com and PC World, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Google Ventures Cheat Sheet  —  Earlier this week, Google finally announced the formation of a new venture arm called Google Ventures.  It is where all smaller-scale venture investments from Google will now originate.  The day of the announcement, I chatted on the phone with Bill Maris and Rich Miner …
Thanks:atul
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Bring Twitter Right Into Gmail with the Amazing TwitterGadget  —  I have tried TweetDeck a number of times but I keep uninstalling it because it puts a drain on my system and I find it distracting.  Still, I want fast access to my Twitter account and to be able to track my replies …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's Plan for Out-of-Print Books Is Challenged  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The dusty stacks of the nation's great university and research libraries are full of orphans — books that the author and publisher have essentially abandoned.  They are out of print, and while they remain under copyright …
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
The VC walking dead: Extended edition  —  [Update: Warburg Pincus LLC has been taken off the list of the walking dead.  The data did not reflect the $15 billion fund it closed last April.]  —  A couple weeks ago, Dan Primack of PE Hub blogged a list of venture capital firms he termed the …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
World's Fastest Broadband at $20 Per Home  —  If you get excited about the prospect of really, really fast broadband Internet service, here's a statistic that will make heart race.  Or your blood boil.  Or both.  —  Pretty much the fastest consumer broadband in the world …
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Opera wins chorus of approval  —  The death of Opera Software has been predicted many times, but the Norwegian internet browser company continues to steadily grow its niche position in a market dominated by Microsoft's Internet Explorer.  —  Outside technical circles, few people realise …
 
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Shaun Nichols / iTnews Australia:
Domain-hoarding may have hamstrung Conficker
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Forget Twitter, Pay A Big Div, Bernstein Says
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Yahoo Music Soon Expected To Open Up
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook wants you to give credit where credit is due
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T retracts new terms of service, apologizes
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
How the Conficker Problem Just Got Much Worse
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google force feeds Web 2.0 to US gov
Discussion: CloudAve
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Wikia Death Proves Google Is Search-Startup Killer
Discussion: Threat Level and digg.com
 

 
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