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1:20 AM ET, April 5, 2009


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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 …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Microsoft makes yet another HP commercial  —  As expected, Microsoft released its second “Laptop Hunters” commercial today.  But rather than the bubbly actress Lauren, this one features Giampaolo, a “technically savvy” shopper.  Once again, the ad pits a PC versus Mac, with price being the key issue.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The iPhone Blog
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 …
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.
James Urquhart / CNET News:
Internal cloud's big test: Amazon vs. Cloudera  —  The debate about the validity of internal cloud implementations has raged on for some time now, with some claiming that cloud computing and wholly owned infrastructure don't mix, and others pointing out that applying “on demand,” “at scale …
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.
Discussion: ZDNet Government
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's Plan for Out-of-Print Books Is Challenged
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
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