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6:45 PM ET, April 5, 2009

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Is the Apple press falling into Microsoft's trap?  —  Over the weekend, Microsoft (MSFT) unleashed the second TV ad in its “you find it, you keep it” series — this time swapping handsome, “technically savvy” Giampaolo for perky, red-headed Lauren De Long.  —  Once again the camera follows …
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Withdraws $7 Billion Offer for Sun Microsystems  —  I.B.M., after months of negotiations, withdrew its $7 billion bid for Sun Microsystems on Sunday, one day after Sun's board balked at a slightly reduced offer, according to a person close to the talks.
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Investor's Business Daily:   Sun Microsystems, IBM Talks On The Brink Of Collapse: Report
Fred / A VC:
You Can't Take The Paper Out Of The Newstand  —  The discussion in the tech/media blogs this weekend is Rupert Murdoch's comment: … Ian Betteridge has a good post on this and says: … I agree with Ian that Rupert is as smart and sophisticated as they come and he has thought this through.
Thanks:atul
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Ian Betteridge / Technovia:
Some quick thoughts about Google versus the newspapers
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 …
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Keith Teare / Opinionated:
In Defense of “nothing”  —  Columnist Henry Porter …
Thanks:kteare
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
With Inbox Clogged With Admirers, Twitter Should Ignore the Hype and Get Back to Work  —  The hubbub that was created around a rumor that was floated late last week that Twitter was in “late-stage” negotiation to be acquired by Google-which BoomTown reported was premature-definitely resulted in one certainty.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Dell netbook roadmap leaks out, get ready for the Mini 11  —  Oops, 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: Gizmodo, tinyComb and GottaBeMobile.com
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Is This the Future of the Digital Book?  —  PLENTY of authors dream of writing the great American novel.  —  Bradley Inman wants to create great fiction, dramatic online video and compelling Twitter stream — and then roll them all into a multimedia hybrid that is tailored to the rapidly growing number of digital reading devices.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Small Company Offers Web-Based Competition for Microsoft Word  —  WITHIN Microsoft's Office group, the calendar on the wall appears to be 1983, the year the company introduced Microsoft Word.  The company still expects customers to buy its software applications as products and install and run them on PCs.
Discussion: Zoho Blogs, Thanks:zoho
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Rumor: iPhone OS 3.0 to include video editing tools  —  It might seem like a big leap from a phone with no real video capabilities to one that will trim and clip your creations on the fly, but that's the implication of a few graphic elements sussed out of the iPhone 3.0 firmware by Ben at benm.at …
Terry / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
First Amendment will face difficult trials  —  The freedom of the press clause in our beloved First Amendment is about to undergo perhaps its most serious challenges, because “the press” isn't as neatly defined as it once was.  A fascinating case in Phoenix is headed for court, and it ought to give any practicing journalist pause.
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Carlos Miller / Photography is Not a Crime:
Phoenix police raid home of blogger whose writing is highly critical of them
Discussion: Simple Justice
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
RIM's upcoming devices: Onyx, Driftwood, Magnum  —  So... one of our ninjas just hit us up with some really interesting BlackBerry info.  While the specs of the following codenames are confirmed, releases are not, and as such, this should be used for information sake.  Here's what we got:
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
You've got to know what you stand for to survive in journalism online  —  Established journalists and newsrooms making the transition to online publishing should not do so with the assumption that editorial content provides their strength in a competitive online information market.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Sneak peek at Windows Mobile 6.5 themes  —  For what it's worth, Windows Mobile 6.5 is shaping up to be quite a modern-looking mobile operating system, even if its new looks are only skin deep.  —  In one of the latest builds to have leaked (among the many that has), build 21202 …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and ithinkdifferrent, Thanks:imhassan
TechCrunch:
Chinese Social Networks ‘Virtually’ Out-Earn Facebook And MySpace: A Market Analysis  —  Editor's Note: Social networks are taking off in China.  The following guest post by George Godula.  David Li, and Richard Yu explores how Chinese social networks are pursuing different business models …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Archos 2 and Archos 4 flash players leak out
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadgetell and CrunchGear
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Why Google should want Twitter: Currency
Arnold Kim / Normalkid:
Online vs Print, and the Evolution of Media
Discussion: Technovia
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Computer Program Self-Discovers Laws of Physics
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Microsoft allows HP to wipe Windows 7 with XP through 2010
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Portable Ubuntu Runs Ubuntu Inside Windows
Discussion: Electronic Pulp and digg.com