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5:55 PM ET, April 19, 2009


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Benjamin Sutherland / Newsweek:
Apple's New Weapon  —  To help soldiers make sense of data from drones, satellites and ground sensors, the U.S. military now issues the iPod Touch. … From the magazine issue dated Apr 27, 2009  —  Tying the hands of a person who is speaking, the Arab proverb goes, is akin to “tying his tongue.”
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Bloggers: Let's Band Together and Stop the Hype Cycle  —  Silicon Valley is known for nurturing start-ups in a way no other place can.  But it's not all kumbaya here.  And one of the most destructive things about Silicon Valley is the hype cycle.  And judging by the fact …
Discussion: Scripting News, Gartner and Guardian, Thanks:bobcaswell
Times of London:
Lastminute founder Brent Hoberman rallies friends to bankroll internet entrepreneurs  —  TWO of Britain's best-known internet entrepreneurs are teaming up to launch a development fund to back start-up technology companies suffering from a financing gap as investment levels plummet.
Discussion: broadstuff
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
UK startup icons launch fund to bridge Europe's ‘Equity gap’  —  Two icons of the UK's tech startup world are joining forces to create a new fund to address the so-called ‘equity gap’ in Europe.  European Founders Capital (EFC) is being led by Michael Birch, co-founder of Bebo, and Brent Hoberman …
Kaja Whitehouse / New York Post:
FEDS TO TAX WEB TO BOLSTER STATE REVENUES  —  The days of buying online to avoid paying sales taxes may soon be over.  —  A bill is expected to be introduced to Congress this week that would force retailers like eBay and to start collecting sales taxes on behalf of states from people who shop online or through mail order.
Sebastian Blanco / AutoblogGreen:
Peapod will use iPhone as nav system, green driving advisor, and - huh? - a key  —  Last week at the New York Auto Show, we visited Peapod Mobility and got a good look at the duck-like car with the big smile.  One thing that we noticed in the promotional booklet that Peter Arnell …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and 9 to 5 Mac
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Odds Of Facebook Governance Vote Counting: Next to Nothing  —  When Facebook announced the “Facebook Governance” voting back in February, Mark Zuckerberg hailed it as an “unprecedented” effort to involve users in the development of the terms of service.  Almost two months later the voting …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Om Malik / GigaOM:
IPL Cricket's Online Video Offering Is An Epic Fail  —  Yesterday, I wrote about Indian Premier League's Twenty20 Cricket tournament for NewTeeVee.  The big news was that the Indian professional cricket league championship (now in its second year) would be using Microsoft's Silverlight multimedia technology.
Fred / A VC:
A Deeper Dive Into The First Quarter VC Investment Numbers  —  Claire Cain Miller wrote a story in Friday's New York Times about the “Money Tree Report” that is published every quarter by the National Venture Capital Association and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.  The picture in the first quarter is not pretty.
Discussion: New York Times and VCMike's Blog, Thanks:atul
What if our tech is good enough?  —  Incremental improvements just don't get us excited  —  Perhaps Blu-ray is the canary in the coalmine.  To its makers, it's a fantastic new format, the pinnacle of home entertainment technology.  —  To the public, it's DVD with a slightly better picture …
Miracle Jones /
The Internet Archive Joins the Fight Against the Google Books Settlement  —  The Internet Archive has filed a brief against Google hoping to challenge Google's settlement with the “Author's Guild” on the grounds that the Internet Archive has just as much right to protection from infringement claims …
Discussion: and Toronto Star
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Comic Sans Becomes Font of Ill Will  —  Vincent Connare designed the ubiquitous, bubbly Comic Sans typeface, but he sympathizes with the world-wide movement to ban it.  —  Mr. Connare has looked on, alternately amused and mortified, as Comic Sans has spread from a software project …
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Discussion: Mashable!
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
4 Reasons Apple Should Share the iPhone With Verizon
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
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$74k Judgment Against Craigslist Prankster
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
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Discussion: ithinkdifferrent