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8:35 AM ET, April 20, 2009


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Microsoft asks just $15 for each XP netbook  —  Microsoft's determination to wrest control of netbooks from Linux has seen it drop the bulk price of Windows XP for the systems to under $15 per copy, according to a leak from an unnamed source.  Although Microsoft has never publicly disclosed …
Seth H. Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Windows 7 application limit opens door for Android
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:   Have we arrived in the post-Windows era?
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Microsoft Windows 7 Starter for Netbooks to only allow 3 concurrent applications?
Discussion: DailyFinance and TechSpot
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:
Oracle to buy Sun in $7.4 billion deal  —  Oracle, not IBM, will be buying Sun Microsystems.  —  Oracle and Sun announced Monday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash.
Discussion: GigaOM and The Register
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle buys Sun; Now owns Java; Becomes a hardware player;  —  Oracle said Monday that it will buy Sun Microsystems for $9.50 a share in cash, or about $7.4 billion including debt, in a deal that plunges Larry Ellison & Co. into the hardware market.  The company added that the acquisition of Java …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Flash Charges into the Living Room  —  Adobe is making a major push to bring its Flash platform to the living room, announcing a version of Flash that's optimized for televisions, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on Monday.  —  Flash is already installed …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Washington, D.C. will be 1st to get free mobile TV  —  Washington will be the first U.S. city to get free digital TV broadcasts for mobile devices like cell phones, laptop computers and in-car entertainment systems, broadcasters were set to announce Monday.  —  Broadcasts using new …
Discussion: and
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
Recklessly Seeking Sex on Craigslist  —  THIS is it, Melvin thought: Craigslist is about to get me killed.  —  A recent divorcé who lacked the money and confidence for a conventional date, Melvin, 35, had been lured to a stranger's apartment by the promise of anonymous sex.
Discussion: Online Dating Insider
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The newspaper industry just gave away another free meal, er Twitter: do they have any left?  —  I'm listening to Dave Winer and Jay Rosen “reboot the news.”  Jay is a journalism professor and Dave is a geek that helped either birth or bootstrap all sorts of publishing technologies including blogging, RSS, OPML, XML-RPC, and more.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Twitter overhyped, or another example of macromyopia?  —  Twitter is everywhere.  Is it overhyped?  Or is it another case of Macromyopia; over-estimating the short term effects and under-estimating the long term impact.  No doubt there is a lot of hype and attention around Twitter, fueled by Ashton Kutcher, CNN, and Oprah.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Bloggers: Let's Band Together and Stop the Hype Cycle
Discussion: GMSV, Scripting News and broadstuff, Thanks:bobcaswell
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
AVG offers free LinkScanner for real-time Web page scanning  —  AVG on Monday will begin offering a free version of its LinkScanner software, which offers real-time scanning of Web pages while surfing or doing Web searches.  —  LinkScanner, which is currently part of the AVG Free Edition suite …
Discussion: AppScout
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
New ‘Get a Mac’ ads don't acknowledge ‘PC Hunter’ talking points  —  We were worried that Apple would somehow try to respond to the PC Hunter advertising by switching their message.  They didn't.  They are staying on their message.  Our favorite?  Legal Copy: (more below)  —  Also see them at Apple
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How Many New Twitter Users Post-Oprah?  A Lot.  Maybe Over A Million.  —  Late last night, former Engadget editor-in-chief Ryan Block tweeted out that he had done some research to attempt to quantify the “Oprah Effect” — that is, the number of users who signed up for Twitter after Oprah featured the service on her show on Friday.
Christopher Price /
Apple Consolidating AV Cables Ahead of iPhone HD Launch  —  Apple has advised Apple Authorized Resellers to begin placing on clearance both the Apple Composite AV Cable and Apple Component AV Cable. has learned that Apple will be consolidating these cables, ahead of the launch of the next iPhone.
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David Lieberman / USA Today:
TiVo to sell instant data on what people watch, fast-forward
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
As Costs Fall, Companies Push to Raise Internet Price
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Is Google the next Pirate Bay? In a word, no.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask Welcomes Back Jeeves, At Least In The UK, That Is
Caine Moss / VentureBeat:
VCs are turning the screws with financing terms
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog