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5:30 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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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 … 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 …
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
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: tinyComb, Gizmodo and GottaBeMobile.com
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
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 …
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.
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.
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:
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.
Discussion: TeleRead and Screenwerk
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 …
Thanks:atul
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
 
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Archos 2 and Archos 4 flash players leak out
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Online vs Print, and the Evolution of Media
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Radiohead to Testify Against the RIAA
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and digg.com