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5:30 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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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  —  A new 20% time Google project has just launched called Google Similar Images.  It's pretty self-explanatory — when you search for an image and find one close to what you're looking for, Google can now find ones that it believes to be the same, or similar.
Matt Mullenweg:
Sun, Oracle, WordPress, and MySQL  —  It's magically beautiful outside in San Francisco today, but instead everyone is talking about the $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle.  (More on Techmeme.)  A number of people have contacted me with questions to the effect of …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Our Full Analysis of the $7.4B Oracle-Sun Deal
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 …
Twitter Status:
A note about per day following limits  —  For some time, we've limited the number of accounts that a single person can follow in a day to 1000.  A few days ago, we found that this limit was not being consistently applied and we started enforcing it for all users.
Discussion: Stay N' Alive and louisgray.com, Thanks:atul
Matt Mullenweg:
Blo.gs Lives On  —  Do you guys remember Blo.gs?  In addition to being a cool domain, it's a ping-update service like Ping-O-Matic that was started by Jim Winstead and acquired by Yahoo in June of 2005.  —  Some exciting news today: Yahoo! is transferring blo.gs to Automattic for safekeeping and further development.
Discussion: toni.org, Thanks:socialcoop
Wall Street Journal:
Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project  —  WASHINGTON — Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project — the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever — according to current and former government officials familiar with the attacks.
Discussion: PC World and TG Daily, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Reuters:
Investor plays matchmaker in Sun sale to Oracle  —  * Southeastern talked to potential buyers on Sun's behalf  —  * Talks with Oracle began after IBM talks collapsed  —  * Negotiations led by Sun's Schwartz, Oracle's Catz  —  * Southeastern stands to lose a quarter of investment
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Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:   Ellison-Catz Partnership Hones Oracle's Technology Acquisition ‘Machine’
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 …
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Digg's Kevin Rose: The State of The Union  —  Last week I sat down with Digg founder Kevin Rose to get the Digg “State of the Union.”  The company, now more than four years old, has continued to grow incredibly since launching in late 2004 and regularly innovates with new products.
Discussion: Mike Industries, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware unveils its cloud OS; Wants to be a bridge for the enterprise  —  VMware on Tuesday will announce its cloud operating system—dubbed vSphere 4—with plans for general availability in the second quarter.  —  With the effort, VMware is attempting to bridge virtualized data centers …
Discussion: The Register, eWeek and Forbes
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.
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 …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
A Magazine With a Puzzle Buried Inside  —  A few nights ago Steven Bevacqua, a postproduction supervisor for the television series “Life,” was flipping through the May issue of Wired magazine when he thought he started seeing secret messages.  Yes, he'd just come home from a long day at work …
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 …
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 Twitter publishing interface, allowing him to compose a message merely by thinking and publish it to the arguably too-popular microblogging service.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Healthline's semantic search engine adds treatment and doctor search  —  Healthline Networks, a health search engine that uses semantic technology to help you understand your symptoms and the best drugs to treat them, is adding two new features today: TreatmentSearch and DocSearch.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
eMarketer:
Brand Mentions Preferred over Ads  —  Young people especially receptive.  —  Want to get Internet users to visit your Website or follow your brand?  —  The best way to accomplish those tasks, according to ARAnet, based on polling by Opinion Research Corporation, may not be advertising.
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 …
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
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo Investors Still Thinking About Microsoft  —  Yahoo reports first-quarter financial results on Tuesday after the market close, and analysts expect revenue and profit will be down from a year ago.  The results suggest that the company's troubles are far from over.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pushed By Celebrities, Twitter Is Poised To Double Its Monthly Traffic Once Again
Discussion: Socialmedia.biz, VentureBeat and contentious.com, Thanks:atul
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Qik Launches Facebook Connect Support
MediaShift:
Ohio Newspapers Share Content, But Don't Give Up Hope for AP
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Politicans line up to praise new Amazon HQ, but Amazon absent
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. …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SkyGrid Launches Free Real Time Financial News Aggregator
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Gavriella Schuster / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7: A New Approach to Securing Today's Enterprise
Discussion: CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Andreessen & Horowitz Target $250 Million
Thanks:atul
eWeek:
Canonical Announces Ubuntu 9.04 for Desktop, Server and Netbook Systems
Discussion: The Register and DesktopLinux.com
Adam Hartley / TechRadar.com:
Skype heading to Nintendo DSi?
Tim Elliott / The Age:
How the man in a van outsmarted Microsoft