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7:50 AM ET, April 5, 2009


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Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
I'm A PC.  Keep The Change.  —  Microsoft was built by engineers.  Marketing has always been its weak spot.  But its new ads poking fun at Apple hit the mark.  —  From the magazine issue dated Apr 13, 2009  —  She is an unlikely assassin—a cute young woman with long red hair, geeky glasses and a funky scarf.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:bobcaswell
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 …
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Portable Ubuntu Runs Ubuntu Inside Windows  —  Windows only: Free application Portable Ubuntu for Windows runs an entire Linux operating system as a Windows application.  As if that weren't cool enough, it's portable, so you can carry it on your thumb drive.
Discussion: Electronic Pulp and
Henry Porter / Guardian:
Google is just an amoral menace  —  The ever-growing empire produces nothing but seems determined to control everything  —  If indeed a new era of global responsibility has come into being with measures that actually restrain banks and isolate tax havens, it may be time for the planet's …
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Carlos Miller / Photography is Not a Crime:
Phoenix police raid home of blogger whose writing is highly critical of them  —  In what should send a frightening chill down the spine of every blogger, writer, journalist and First Amendment advocate in the United States, Phoenix police raided the home of a blogger who has been highly critical of the department.
Discussion: Simple Justice and Pulse2
Brandon Keim / Wired Science:
Computer Program Self-Discovers Laws of Physics  —  In just over a day, a powerful computer program accomplished a feat that took physicists centuries to complete: extrapolating the laws of motion from a pendulum's swings.  —  Developed by Cornell researchers, the program deduced …
Discussion: GMSV
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google sees voice search as core  —  Google has said it sees voice search as a major opportunity for the company in building a presence on the mobile web.  —  The company's vice president of engineering made the comments during a wide-ranging discussion at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Dell netbook roadmap leaks out, get ready for the Mini 11  —  Oop, it looks like a Dell middle manager somewhere got a little too excited and let a full set of netbook roadmap slides leak out.  The biggest news is a planned Mini 11 due sometime between now and the end of Q3 …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Next-gen iPod touch, iPhone to support low-power 802.11n  —  Wireless radio component specifications contained within beta distributions of iPhone 3.0 firmware reveal support for a new chip enabling low power 802.11n that's bound for Apple's third-generation iPod touch.
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 …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Microsoft allows HP to wipe Windows 7 with XP through 2010  —  Despite valiant efforts to push its Windows licensees to adopt Vista and the forthcoming Windows 7, Microsoft has one again agreed to extend the option of selling Windows XP for use on new PCs for another year, through April 30, 2010.
Discussion: Computerworld and WinBeta
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Radiohead to Testify Against the RIAA  —  Last month, Radiohead expressed its growing discomfort with record labels that abuse copyrights for their own benefit.  In an attempt to take a stand against the labels, the band and several other well known artists formed the Featured Artists Coalition …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
It's Not Just Microsoft That's Balking at Google's Book Plans  —  Earlier this week, Google's public relations team sent around to reporters a story from Wired suggesting that Microsoft was behind the opposition to its sweeping settlement with book publishers and authors over its book scanning project.
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James Urquhart / CNET News:
Internal cloud's big test: Amazon vs. Cloudera
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Good-bye Solaris? The fate of Sun's top 5 technologies
Discussion: Reuters, Open Source and Network World
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The Google Ventures Cheat Sheet
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Opera wins chorus of approval
 Earlier Items: 
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
The VC walking dead: Extended edition
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Analysis: Which URL Shortening Service Should You Use?
Discussion: PC World, and CenterNetworks, Thanks:atul