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9:30 AM ET, April 19, 2009

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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.
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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 …
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.”
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 …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
4 Reasons Apple Should Share the iPhone With Verizon  —  Apple is more likely to bring the iPhone to Verizon once the cellular company deploys its fourth-generation network, claims Verizon's chief executive.  —  That's because Apple was never very interested in Verizon's current CDMA cellular standard …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Identify: Google People With Two Keystrokes  —  There's a lot of information about many of us spread around the web and though privacy is important to discuss - there's also another side of that coin.  It can be very useful to tie together info from disparate sources about a particular individual.
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 …
Discussion: digg.com
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
MSDN and TechNet get Windows 7 RC?  Public to wait till May 5 (Updated x2)  —  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.
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Security Expert Suggests Twitter Focus on Output Escaping not Input Filtering  —  Twitter's status blog this morning announced that Twitter has addressed the most recent variant of the Mikeyy worm but recommends that you still avoid viewing the profiles of users posting “uncharacteristic or otherwise suspicious tweets.”
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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.
Keith Barry / Autopia:
Ford Bets the Fiesta on Social Networking  —  Ford is betting the success of the Fiesta subcompact on the blogs, tweets and Facebook updates of 100 people who will live with the cars and share their experiences online.  It's a hell of a gamble, but if it pays off, Ford just might recast itself …
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Herebeforeoprah.com Asks The Important Question
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
ISP Speeds Up Customers' BitTorrent Downloads
Discussion: digg.com
Guillermo Rauch / Devthought:
The Digg worm that wasn't  —  Two nights ago I was editing …
Soulskill / Slashdot:
$74k Judgment Against Craigslist Prankster
Leslie Berlin / New York Times:
Software That Guards Virtual Playgrounds
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Office 2010: new logo, Outlook, and user interface
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Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley unemployment rate jumps to record 11%
Discussion: Dealscape
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