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12:35 AM ET, April 21, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Hard at play in Google Labs with Similar Images and Google News Timeline  —  At Google, we are constantly researching, designing, and brainstorming about the next big idea, and when we think we've found something compelling, we often use our “20-percent time” to build a working version.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Live At The Google Labs Press Event: Real Image Analysis, News Timeline, Labs Reloaded  —  I'm among a mass of press at Google's San Francisco headquarters for a special Google Labs press event.  R.J. Pittman, Director of Product Management, Radhika Malpani, Director of Engineering and software engineer Andy Hertzfeld are presenting.
Andy Hertzfeld / Google News Blog:
Introducing Google News Timeline  —  At Google, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to organize information.  Today, we're announcing Google News Timeline—a new feature on Google Labs that organizes many different types of search results on a zoomable, graphical timeline.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Similar Images First Look
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Our Full Analysis of the $7.4B Oracle-Sun Deal  —  Oracle Campus in San Francisco Bay Area, Calif. Photo via Flickr by Steve Jurvetson  —  Updated: Less than a month after it walked away from a $7 billion deal with IBM, Sun Microsystems says that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement …
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Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Why Oracle Won't Kill MySQL  —  Marten Mickos, MySQL's former chief, discusses Oracle's $7.4 billion bid for Sun Microsystems.  —  It's tempting to speculate that Oracle's bid for Sun Microsystems is a convenient way to kill off open-source database wonder, MySQL.
Discussion: BetaNews, CNET News, Pulse2 and Digits
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:   Ellison-Catz Partnership Hones Oracle's Technology Acquisition ‘Machine’
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Oracle Agrees to Acquire Sun Microsystems
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Oracle's strange Java brew
Discussion: eWeek
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone OS 3.0 to feature voice control and feedback  —  Various voice-related features, under the codename “Jibbler,” have been discovered in the version of SpringBoard set to ship with the next update to Apple's mobile operating system.  —  Sources speaking to Ars have discovered evidence …
Kevin Fitchard / TELEPHONY Magazine:
AT&T doubling 3G capacity  —  Tweaks to the HSPA network will bring 3G capacity up to 7.2 Mb/s even before AT&T implements next-gen wireless technologies  —  AT&T is in the process of doubling the capacity of its 3G networks, using software enhancements to squeeze one last boost in bandwidth …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
More Microsoft layoffs looming?  Seattle analyst cites possibility  —  Tough business conditions may force Microsoft to make further reductions in its work force, beyond the up to 5,000 job cuts announced in January, a Seattle-based analyst said this morning in a preview of the company's Thursday afternoon earnings report.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Tweetie For Mac: A Powerful, Native Twitter Client For The Masses  —  Today sees the public launch of Tweetie for Mac, the desktop-based big brother of what many (myself included) consider to be the iPhone's best Twitter client.  I've been playing around with a beta version of the app …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
6 Weeks After Redesign, A Look at the Top 10 App Developers on Facebook by Reach  —  Like last year's profile page redesign, Facebook's recent home page redesign has shaken up the AppData application developer charts.  Several developers who saw the change as a disruptive opportunity have moved …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Yet Another Journalism Professor Gets Nearly Every Fact Wrong In Saying Google Needs To Pay  —  With all the journalists declaring that Google needs to pay newspapers, it's amazing how often their arguments are based on simply incorrect statements — the sort of thing that is the real problem newspapers face.
Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Mac Business To Shrink For First Time Since 2003  —  With the PC market in the toilet, it's no surprise that Wall Street expects Apple (AAPL) to report lousy March quarter Mac sales growth this Wednesday.  (Join us for LIVE coverage and analysis.)  But it's still stunning to see how fast the Mac growth engine has stalled.
Wall Street Journal:
America's Newest Profession: Bloggers for Hire  —  In America today, there are almost as many people making their living as bloggers as there are lawyers.  Already more Americans are making their primary income from posting their opinions than Americans working as computer programmers, firefighters or even bartenders.
AppleInsider:
NVIDIA unveils $1800 Quadro FX 4800 card for Apple's Mac Pro  —  Filling a void for a true professional video card on the Mac platform, NVIDIA on Monday announced plans to begin shipping its Quadro FX 4800 ultra-high-end solution for the Mac Pro next month.  —  The $1800 card boasts 192 …
Tim Elliott / The Age:
How the man in a van outsmarted Microsoft  —  Ric Richardson ... money not that important.  —  Picture: Steve Holland  —  He has been called a “born creative thinker” and “a man of extraordinarily high principle”.  Others consider his inventions frivolous and derivative.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
MSI's Wind Top AE1900 all-in-one PC comes to US at $529  —  MSI's eco-friendly Wind Top AE1900 has already been formally introduced and spotted over in Hanover earlier this year, but the outfit notorious for withholding price and availability information until the last possible moment has finally let loose those very details.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Susan Boyle Videos To Pass 100 Million Views  —  Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle continues to pass crazy milestones as a viral Web sensation.  —  According to Web video metrics company Visible Measures, Boyle's performance had generated more than 650 total “placements” by Sunday night …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Scientists Break Brain/Twitter Barrier  —  University of Wisconsin-Madison biomedical engineering doctoral student Adam Wilson has successfully tested a “brain wave monitor” to the Twitter publishing interface, allowing him to compose a message merely by thinking and publish it to the arguably too-popular microblogging service.
MediaShift:
Ohio Newspapers Share Content, But Don't Give Up Hope for AP  —  For many, last week's news that the Associated Press planned to begin to crack down on news aggregators that link and quote its content wasn't news at all.  Media industry publications have long been reporting on the friction between …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Politicans line up to praise new Amazon HQ, but Amazon absent  —  Some of Washington state's biggest political names, including Gov. Chris Gregoire and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, stuck some spades in a ceremonial sandbox today to mark the latest construction phase of Amazon.com's new office campus in South Lake Union.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple jumps 32 spots into Fortune 100  —  Reflecting a strong 2008 in which its sales — if not its stock price — jumped sharply, Apple (AAPL) this week made its first appearance in the top 100 of the Fortune 500 since Steve Jobs' return.  —  Apple became a Fortune 500 company in 1983 …
Discussion: The Apple Core, 9 to 5 Mac, TechSpot and PC World, Thanks:mattpol
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Qik Launches Facebook Connect Support  —  With too many companies to list battling it out for users in the live mobile video broadcasting space, spreading the word is key.  Most people just don't realize such a thing is possible; outside of geekier circles, the entire concept is still fairly new.
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Andreessen & Horowitz Target $250 Million  —  Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen and former Opsware exec Ben Horowitz are hoping to raise around $250 million for their debut venture capital fund, peHUB has learned.  If you just heard a choking sound, it's probably coming from your own throat (or that of your closest LP).
Thanks:atul
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM's earnings better than expected on software, services; Hardware revenue thumped  —  IBM on Monday reported net income of $2.3 billion, or $1.70 a share, on revenue of $21.7 billion, down 11 percent from a year ago largely due to currency fluctuations.  The upshot: Cost cutting helped IBM …
Gavriella Schuster / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7: A New Approach to Securing Today's Enterprise  —  RSA is here again, and presents a great opportunity to discuss the security in Windows 7: specifically how certain features in the OS address key security-related enterprise scenarios.  In today's economic times …
Discussion: CNET News
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pushed By Celebrities, Twitter Is Poised To Double Its Monthly Traffic Once Again
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Chris Lynch / Inside Facebook:
Page Squatting: The Next Challenge for Facebook Pages?
Tim Ferriss / The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss:
Is Venture Capitalism Dead?  Not Yet. …
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Dailymotion Gets A New CEO, Reportedly Seeking New Investment
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteHire and Pulse2
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SkyGrid Launches Free Real Time Financial News Aggregator
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo Investors Still Thinking About Microsoft
eWeek:
Canonical Announces Ubuntu 9.04 for Desktop, Server and Netbook Systems
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The Great Brazilian Sat-Hack Crackdown
Park Si-soo / The Korea Times:
Online Blogger ‘Minerva’ Found Not Guilty