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12:20 PM 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 …
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 …
Discussion: AppleInsider
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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
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Another Microsoft Ad That Ignores Windows
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: Screenwerk and TeleRead
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
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 …
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 …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Why Google should want Twitter: Currency  —  Here's a good clue as to why Google should be interested in Twitter.  It's not just search.  It's currency.  Google isn't good at currency.  It needs content to ferment; it needs links and clicks to collect so PageRank can determine its value.
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
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.
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.
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.
 
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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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Radiohead to Testify Against the RIAA
Discussion: digg.com
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Good-bye Solaris? The fate of Sun's top 5 technologies
Discussion: Open Source, Reuters and Network World
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google sees voice search as core
Discussion: Beyond Search
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Bring Twitter Right Into Gmail with the Amazing TwitterGadget
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The Google Ventures Cheat Sheet
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