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11:45 AM ET, May 1, 2007

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Calls Viacom Suit on YouTube Unfounded  —  Responding to Viacom's $1 billion copyright infringement suit over video clips on YouTube, Google said Monday that it would not back off, declaring that the law was on its side.  —  "We are not going to let this lawsuit distract us," …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google denies Viacom copyright charges  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google responded to Viacom's $1 billion copyright lawsuit on Monday, arguing that it has not infringed on the rights of the media company and that the lawsuit threatens the viability of its popular YouTube video-sharing Web site as well as others like it.
Discussion: Techdirt, IP Democracy and Neowin.net
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Google To Viacom: Sorry, You're All Wrong
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Google Fails To Blink
Reuters:
Google says Viacom lawsuit threat to Internet use
Discussion: WebProNews
Karen / Official Google Blog:
You've got gadget mail  —  Posted by by Sophia Brueckner, Software Engineer, iGoogle  —  For a while now, we Googlers have used a bit of shorthand to refer to the Personalized Homepage — a name that connotes interactivity, the Internet, and personalization all at once.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
iGoogle, Personalized Search And You  —  Yesterday was "Google Personalization Day" for me and a number of others who attended a meeting at Google with Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Products & User Experience, as well as Google Personalization Technical Lead Sep Kamvar and iGoogle Product Manager Jessica Ewing.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Rebrand & New Features: Google IG To Relaunch as iGoogle
Discussion: Squash and BlogHer
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
iGoogle Gadget Maker
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
ONE GIANT LEAP  —  MICROSOFT RAISES STAKES IN 'NET AD BIZ BIDDING  —  Eager to catch up with Google and Yahoo!, Microsoft has emerged as a contender, along with ad giant WPP Group, to buy Internet ad firm 24/7 Real Media, The Post has learned.  —  Sources said the software giant is considering …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft After 24/7; Another Search Engine To Own SEM Firm?  —  Yahoo said it would acquire an ad network yesterday, in reaction to Google's plans to expand its own ad network by acquiring DoubleClick.  Now in One Giant Leap, the New York Post reports rumors that Microsoft might want to buy ad management company 24/7 Real Media.
Discussion: PodTech Network
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Dell picks Ubuntu for Linux PCs  —  Dell is trying a second time to sell personal computers with Linux preinstalled, this time using the up-and-coming Ubuntu version of the open-source operating system.  —  At the end of May, the No. 2 PC maker will begin selling some consumer-focused laptop …
Discussion: Slashdot
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DesktopLinux.com:
Dell to choose Ubuntu  —  Analysis — Officially, Dell Inc. hasn't said a word yet about which Linux it will be preloading on its desktops and laptops.  Several sources within Dell, however, have told DesktopLinux.com that Dell's desktop Linux pick is going to be Ubuntu.
Jack Loftus / searchenterpriselinux.techtarget.com:   Dell to offer Ubuntu Linux desktops and laptops
BBC:
Motion-sensitive laptop developed  —  A motion-sensitive laptop which can be controlled much like a Nintendo Wii remote is under development.  —  The tablet PC laptop has been adapted to respond to a user when moving the machine up or down, side to side, or forwards and backwards.
Billboard.Biz:
Clear Channel Launches Social Networking Sites  —  Radio giant Clear Channel is getting into the social networking business.  The company's online music and radio division is introducing a dozen station-branded social networks in the coming months.  Each social network will function essentially …
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
VeriSign to offer passwords on bank card  —  NEW YORK - A leading provider of digital-security services wants to make disposable passwords easier for consumers to accept by squeezing the technology into the corner of a regular credit or ATM card.  —  Fran Rosch, vice president …
Discussion: Zero Day and Consumerist
Gregg Keizer / Macworld:
Contest winner: Vista more secure than Mac OS  —  Editor's Note: This story is reprinted from Computerworld.  For more Mac coverage, visit Computerworld's Macintosh Knowledge Center.  —  Dino Dai Zovi, the New York-based security researcher who took home $10,000 in a highly-publicized MacBook Pro hijack …
Discussion: Channel 9
PR Newswire:
First Phase Deployment to 10,000 Homes in and Around the City of Grand Ledge, West of Michigan's Capital, Lansing  —  LOS ANGELES, April 30 /PRNewswire/ — utility.net, a Los Angeles, CA based Broadband over Power Line (BPL) network provider (http://www.utility.net/) , in cooperation with Consumers Energy …
Discussion: GigaOM and broadbandreports.com
Apple:
Steve Jobs to Kick Off Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2007  —  Apple® today announced that Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, will kick off its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2007 at San Francisco's Moscone West.
David Barboza / New York Times:
Chinese E-Commerce Company Said to Plan Public Offering  —  Alibaba.com, China's leading e-commerce company, is planning to go public later this year in what could be the biggest initial public offering ever for a Chinese Internet company, according to people briefed on the deal.
 
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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