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9:45 PM ET, April 4, 2009

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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 …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Microsoft makes yet another HP commercial  —  As expected, Microsoft released its second “Laptop Hunters” commercial today.  But rather than the bubbly actress Lauren, this one features Giampaolo, a “technically savvy” shopper.  Once again, the ad pits a PC versus Mac, with price being the key issue.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Radiohead to Testify Against the RIAA  —  Last month, Radiohead expressed its growing discomfort with record labels that abuse copyrights for their own benefit.  In an attempt to take a stand against the labels, the band and several other well known artists formed the Featured Artists Coalition …
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
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
New Palm Pre apps underscore Apple's iPhone limitations  —  While third-party apps are being trumpeted as the iPhone's strength, key Palm Pre demos this week were designed to highlight their restrictions by taking advantage of those precise things that Apple won't allow.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
The iPhone Gold Rush  —  IS there a good way to nail down a steady income?  In this economy?  —  Try writing a successful program for the iPhone.  —  Last August, Ethan Nicholas and his wife, Nicole, were having trouble making their mortgage payments.  Medical bills from the birth of their younger son were piling up.
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The iPhone Blog
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 …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
It's Not Just Microsoft That's Balking at Google's Book Plans  —  Earlier this week, Google's public relations team sent around to reporters a story from Wired suggesting that Microsoft was behind the opposition to its sweeping settlement with book publishers and authors over its book scanning project.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's Plan for Out-of-Print Books Is Challenged
Discussion: Memex 1.1 and TeleRead
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Good-bye Solaris?  The fate of Sun's top 5 technologies  —  By this time next week, IBM will have bought Sun at a cut-rate price.  I'd long thought Sun was going to down for the count, so the news that IBM was moving in didn't surprise me.  What happens next though?
Discussion: Open Source and Reuters
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Google Ventures Cheat Sheet  —  Earlier this week, Google finally announced the formation of a new venture arm called Google Ventures.  It is where all smaller-scale venture investments from Google will now originate.  The day of the announcement, I chatted on the phone with Bill Maris and Rich Miner …
Thanks:atul
James Urquhart / CNET News:
Internal cloud's big test: Amazon vs. Cloudera  —  The debate about the validity of internal cloud implementations has raged on for some time now, with some claiming that cloud computing and wholly owned infrastructure don't mix, and others pointing out that applying “on demand,” “at scale …
Brian X. Chen / Epicenter:
DiggBar Digs up Bitter Nostalgia Among Critics  —  Digg's new URL-shortening feature is aggregating as much controversy for the popular web site as it is traffic.  —  Critics are taking aim at the structure of DiggBar — a toolbar appearing at the top of a browser when users click a link at Digg.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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