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1:15 PM ET, April 18, 2009

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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Why Aneesh Chopra is a Great Choice for Federal CTO  —  The news has now been leaked that President Obama intends to nominate Aneesh Chopra as the nation's first Chief Technology Officer.  The Federal CTO will be an assistant to the President, as well as the Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Discussion: Slashdot
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Obama Spurns Silicon Valley Vets, Names Virginia's Secretary of Technology As CTO  —  President Obama will be naming Aneesh Paul Chopra as his choice for CTO during tomorrow's weekly address, as first reported by the Washington Post and confirmed in this press release posted to the White House's official web site.
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
Obama Names Aneesh Chopra US's First CTO [UPDATED]
Discussion: fcw.com and The 463
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Venture Capital Down 50%.  It's Not Just the Recession, Folks.  —  There's a huge difference between what venture capitalists say and what they do.  For much of the last decade some of the same partners that keep saying Silicon Valley will never decline as the startup epicenter of the world are spending every month flying to China.
Discussion: VentureWoods
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Good luck with that funding: Q1 sees lowest VC investment in more than a decade  —  There are two new reports about the state of venture capital investing during the first three months of 2009, and they're even bleaker than I expected.  Remember when everyone was hoping that the economic downturn …
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
VC Investment in Internet Deals Did NOT Fall Off A Cliff
Discussion: GigaOM
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT chief: People don't need fibre to the home  —  Ford not Ferrari for you  —  Digital Britain Summit BT chief executive Ian Livingstone defended his firm's limited plans for faster broadband today, arguing there is not enough demand for fibre to the home to justify its cost.
Discussion: broadstuff, Guardian and DSLreports
Eran Hammer-Lahav / Hueniverse:
Introducing ‘Sign-in with Twitter’, OAuth-Style “Connect”  —  Yesterday Twitter released ‘Sign-in with Twitter’, the ability to use Twitter as a delegated sign-in provider for third-party websites.  The cool thing about this new feature, which is part of their OAuth API beta, is that it is completely standard OAuth.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
A Better Calling Card: Twitter Challenges Facebook Connect
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Google Book Search settlement gives Google a virtual monopoly over literature  —  Writing on O'Reilly Radar, preeminent legal scholar Pamela Samuelson cuts through the distractions associated with the Google Book Search/Authors Guild settlement and goes right to the heart of the matter …
Discussion: Brave New World
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Pamela Samuelson / O'Reilly Radar:
Legally Speaking: The Dead Souls of the Google Booksearch Settlement
Discussion: Tech Beat
John Cox / Network World:
Palm's webOS lives up to hype, early developers say  —  Palm's new operating system is designed with the mobile Web in mind  —  Underneath the sleek exterior, the multi-touch display and the sliding keyboard of the upcoming Palm Pre smartphone is the real innovation: a new kind of operating system designed with the mobile Web in mind.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
YouTube's Sad Studio Deal Just Highlights Hulu's Superiority  —  In the war between video sites, Hulu might have the Daily Show, 30 Rock and 24, but YouTube just signed big studio deals to bring you... Harper's Island and The Addams Family.  Oh, Google.  —  The search giant is doing its best …
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Do not call him the Craigslist killer  —  Reporters looking into the case of a serial killer in the Northeast have hit upon what they consider a cool angle — he's the Craigslist killer.  —  As though the victims of the Green River killer should have just avoided water.
Discussion: craigslist blog and Boston Herald
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Why Google Is The New Pirate Bay  —  If the site goes away, search engines could become the new starting points for digital pirates.  —  This week has offered a hard lesson for pirates, both water- and Web-based: Keep a low profile and your illicit business can flourish.
Discussion: Beyond Search, Telegraph and broadstuff
Tony Wright / Tony Wright dot com:
Just How Important is the Valley?  Let's Look at some Data.  —  [Edit: Added the raw data in a table at the end]  —  Some of the smartest startup brains I've ever met have said that if you want to be in the startup game, you MUST be in the Valley.  There are plenty of justifications out there for it …
 
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Paul Boutin / Industry Standard:
The media's fake Twitter backlash begins
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
iPhone app lets you get away with napping at work
Discussion: textually.org
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Public Provides Giggles; Bloggers Get the Book Deal
Caterina.net:
Hunch data
Discussion: TechCrunch
Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise:
Welcome to Our Site, Sorry You Can't Use It
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:ilamont
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
My Mythical Online Rental Service for Movies
 Earlier Items: 
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Slowly Opens Its Wireless Network …
Discussion: Verizon
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos on Kindle sales and The Karate Kid
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
WPP Sues Spot Runner for Securities Fraud, Breach of Contract
Discussion: VentureBeat
Fred / A VC:
The Power Of Passed Links
Thanks:sampad