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6:50 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.
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The White House:
Weekly Address: Efficiency and Innovation  —  With the process of going through the budget line by line in full swing, the President uses his Weekly Address to give some examples, big and small, of how the Administration is working to cut costs and eliminate waste.
Amy Schatz / Digits:
Tech Industry Cheers as Obama Taps Aneesh Chopra for CTO
Discussion: fcw.com and The 463
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
MSDN and TechNet get Windows 7 RC?  Public to wait till May 5 (Updated)  —  It looks like Microsoft is yet again revealing more than it wants to, according to a Microsoft Partner Program webpage.  May 5 looks like the date that Windows 7 RC will be available publicly.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
What's up, bot?  Google tries new Captcha method  —  Google has released research results about a new test to foil computers pretending to be humans by requiring them to orient an image so it's upright.  —  A persistent problem on the Internet is screening out automated computer systems that can be used …
Zack Whittaker / iGeneration:
Office 2010: new logo, Outlook, and user interface  —  Outlook 2010 has been seen out in the wild, courtesy of an anonymous source within the Education team at Microsoft.  —  This is major news for students as most universities have adopted to Office 2007, which thankfully …
Discussion: ithinkdifferrent
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Apple Is Approaching a Defining Moment  —  Come Wednesday, it will be Apple's turn to discuss its results for the first three months of 2009.  But among the crowd of Apple watchers, the discussion has been simmering for months, with the tone shifting from pessimism about recession-whacked sales …
Yu-kai Chou:
Seesmic Desktop will Destroy Tweetdeck  —  TweetDeck vs Seesmic Desktop  —  Up to this point, I have always been a fan of Tweetdeck.  I have told quite a plethora of people to download Tweetdeck as soon as they made their first tweet (yes, I do a search on that) .
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Swedes Demonstrate Against Pirate Bay Verdict  —  Yesterday, The Pirate Bay Four were sentenced to a year in prison, and on top of that each of them was ordered to pay the entertainment industry $905,000 in damages.  The defendants have all anounced that they will appeal, which means that the case is likely to drag on for years.
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Why Google Is The New Pirate Bay
Discussion: Beyond Search and Telegraph
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: Dealscape, VentureWoods and HipMojo.com
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Leslie Berlin / New York Times:
Software That Guards Virtual Playgrounds  —  VIRTUAL worlds for children and teenagers — Web sites like Neopets, Club Penguin and Habbo — are a big business.  On these sites, children create an avatar and, with it, explore an imaginary universe.  They can play games, chat and decorate virtual rooms or other spaces.
Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley unemployment rate jumps to record 11%  —  Silicon Valley's unemployment rate jumped to a record 11 percent last month, and more than 100,000 people are now unemployed and looking for work in the area, the state reported Friday.  The question now is how many more will join them before the recession ends.
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Wanted: Computer hackers ... to help government  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Wanted: Computer hackers.  —  Federal authorities aren't looking to prosecute them, but to pay them to secure the nation's networks.
Discussion: Reuters and Slashdot
 
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Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
OLPC's XO-1.5 to Boost Specs With Via Processor: You're Welcome, Africa
Discussion: PC World, Electronista and Engadget
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Google Book Search settlement gives Google a virtual monopoly over literature
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
YouTube's Sad Studio Deal Just Highlights Hulu's Superiority
John Cox / Network World:
Palm's webOS lives up to hype, early developers say
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Do not call him the Craigslist killer
Discussion: craigslist blog
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Tony Wright / Tony Wright dot com:
Just How Important is the Valley? Let's Look at some Data.
Paul Boutin / Industry Standard:
The media's fake Twitter backlash begins
Discussion: Guardian, Beyond Search, Gawker and Scripting News, Thanks:ilamont
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT chief: People don't need fibre to the home
Discussion: Guardian, broadstuff and DSLreports
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
iPhone app lets you get away with napping at work
Discussion: textually.org