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10:30 AM ET, April 5, 2009

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Henry Porter / Guardian:
Google is just an amoral menace  —  The ever-growing empire produces nothing but seems determined to control everything  —  If indeed a new era of global responsibility has come into being with measures that actually restrain banks and isolate tax havens, it may be time for the planet's …
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
I'm A PC.  Keep The Change.  —  Microsoft was built by engineers.  Marketing has always been its weak spot.  But its new ads poking fun at Apple hit the mark.  —  From the magazine issue dated Apr 13, 2009  —  She is an unlikely assassin—a cute young woman with long red hair, geeky glasses and a funky scarf.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:bobcaswell
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Another Microsoft Ad That Ignores Windows  —  Tired of all the banter about Lauren, the lady who spurned the 17-inch MacBook Pro for an HP laptop?  Meet Giampaolo, the newest protagonist in Microsoft's “Laptop Hunters” ad campaign for Windows:  —  The format of the commercial is the same as the …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Dell netbook roadmap leaks out, get ready for the Mini 11  —  Oop, it looks like a Dell middle manager somewhere got a little too excited and let a full set of netbook roadmap slides leak out.  The biggest news is a planned Mini 11 due sometime between now and the end of Q3 …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Portable Ubuntu Runs Ubuntu Inside Windows  —  Windows only: Free application Portable Ubuntu for Windows runs an entire Linux operating system as a Windows application.  As if that weren't cool enough, it's portable, so you can carry it on your thumb drive.
Discussion: Electronic Pulp and digg.com
Brandon Keim / Wired Science:
Computer Program Self-Discovers Laws of Physics  —  In just over a day, a powerful computer program accomplished a feat that took physicists centuries to complete: extrapolating the laws of motion from a pendulum's swings.  —  Developed by Cornell researchers, the program deduced …
Discussion: GMSV
Ian Betteridge / Technovia:
Some quick thoughts about Google versus the newspapers … Rupert Murdoch has really put the cat amongst the pigeons with his comments about Google: … Some people will paint this as an old-media dinosaur not understanding new media, but I'm not so sure.  If you've read Michael Wolff's biography …
Carlos Miller / Photography is Not a Crime:
Phoenix police raid home of blogger whose writing is highly critical of them  —  In what should send a frightening chill down the spine of every blogger, writer, journalist and First Amendment advocate in the United States, Phoenix police raided the home of a blogger who has been highly critical of the department.
Discussion: Simple Justice and Pulse2
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Next-gen iPod touch, iPhone to support low-power 802.11n  —  Wireless radio component specifications contained within beta distributions of iPhone 3.0 firmware reveal support for a new chip enabling low power 802.11n that's bound for Apple's third-generation iPod touch.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google sees voice search as core  —  Google has said it sees voice search as a major opportunity for the company in building a presence on the mobile web.  —  The company's vice president of engineering made the comments during a wide-ranging discussion at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Bring Twitter Right Into Gmail with the Amazing TwitterGadget  —  I have tried TweetDeck a number of times but I keep uninstalling it because it puts a drain on my system and I find it distracting.  Still, I want fast access to my Twitter account and to be able to track my replies …
Arnold Kim / Normalkid:
Online vs Print, and the Evolution of Media  —  Here are a few random thoughts I've had recently about blogging, online media and traditional print media.  —  Online Ads vs Newspaper Ads  —  Here's a promising chart for all online-media folk published by Alley Insider.
 
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Microsoft allows HP to wipe Windows 7 with XP through 2010
Discussion: Computerworld and WinBeta
James Urquhart / CNET News:
Internal cloud's big test: Amazon vs. Cloudera
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Good-bye Solaris? The fate of Sun's top 5 technologies
Discussion: Reuters, Open Source and Network World
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Google Ventures Cheat Sheet
Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Opera wins chorus of approval
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
The VC walking dead: Extended edition
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Analysis: Which URL Shortening Service Should You Use?
Discussion: PC World, louisgray.com and CenterNetworks, Thanks:atul