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3:30 AM ET, April 5, 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.
Carlos Miller / Photography is Not a Crime:
Phoenix police raid home of blogger whose writing is highly critical of them  —  Update: Beneath the article is the leaked memo from Phoenix City Attorney Gary Verburg advising Phoenix police that a litigation hold has been placed on the Pataky case, meaning all documents relating to the case must be preserved under legal obligation.
Discussion: Simple Justice and Pulse2
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
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
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.
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 …
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:
Microsoft allows HP to wipe Windows 7 with XP through 2010  —  Despite valiant efforts to push its Windows licensees to adopt Vista and the forthcoming Windows 7, Microsoft has one again agreed to extend the option of selling Windows XP for use on new PCs for another year, through April 30, 2010.
Discussion: Computerworld and WinBeta
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 …
Corynne / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Second Circuit Expands Trademark Rights, Restricts Consumer Search Options  —  In a what could be a potentially serious blow to Google's AdWords business, and to consumers' ability to find information about competing offerings on the Internet, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today …
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: Reuters, Open Source and Network World
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.
Discussion: ZDNet Government
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's Plan for Out-of-Print Books Is Challenged
Discussion: TeleRead and Memex 1.1
 
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