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10:20 AM ET, April 8, 2009

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Cisco Cheng / PC Magazine:
Massive Acer Launch Includes New Timeline Laptop Line  —  It's rare when a company can launch over twenty new products on a single night.  Acer did just that Tuesday night at an event held in New Jersey, unleashing a bevy of new systems that include a new line of laptops, two netbooks …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Acer execs downplay Android, hint at Verizon Netbook deal
Discussion: Softpedia News and Liliputing
Dana Wollman / LAPTOP Mag:
Acer Unveils 11.6-inch Aspire One, Affordable Aspire Timeline Series
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Liliputing
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Insists It's a Friend to Newspapers  —  SAN DIEGO — It had the makings of a high-tension face-off: Eric E. Schmidt, Google's chief executive, spoke Tuesday at a convention of newspaper executives at a time when a growing chorus in the struggling industry is accusing Google of succeeding, in part, at their expense.
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New York Times:   They Pay for Cable, Music and Extra Bags. How About News?
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Can the AP Out-Google Google?
Discussion: BuzzMachine, paidContent.org and Bits, Thanks:atul
Julie Moos / Poynter Online:
Transcript of Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Q&A at NAA
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
First screenshots of build Windows 7 build 7077 leak  —  As you can see above, screenshots of Windows 7 build 7077 have started to appear around the Web.  There are also reports that the 32-bit version has been leaked and is readily available on various websites.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Poll reveals user love for Windows 7
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated by Spies  —  Robert Moran monitors an electric grid in Dallas.  Such infrastructure grids across the country are vulnerable to cyberattacks.  —  WASHINGTON — Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
BumpTop gives Windows desktop a much-needed makeover  —  Microsoft's Windows desktop isn't nearly as efficient at using space as a real desktop.  That's what Anand Agarawala concluded more than five years ago, when he began to study ways to create a better user interface for the screen that computer users stare at all day long.
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Google App Engine Blog:
Seriously this time, the new language on App Engine: Java™  —  Today, we're very excited to announce the availability of a new programming language for Google App Engine.  Please welcome the Java runtime!  —  When the two of us first heard the promise of Google App Engine …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Yet another Googler leaves: Singh Cassidy joins Accel Partners  —  The exodus from Google continues at a torrid pace.  —  Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Google's president for Asia-Pacific (APAC) & Latin American Operations, has left the company to join Accel Partners, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm …
Discussion: Search Engine Land, GigaOM and Bits, Thanks:atul
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Top Exec Singh Cassidy Leaves Google to Go to Accel Partners …
Jonathan Adams / New York Times:
Taiwanese Firm Sues Apple Over Touch-Screen Technology  —  TAIPEI — Taiwanese firm Elan Microelectronics has sued Apple Computer alleging infringement of two of its touch-screen patents, a company spokesman said Wednesday.  —  The suit was filed late Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court …
Discussion: mocoNews, TG Daily and Engadget
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Darren Waters / BBC:
Spam overwhelms e-mail messages  —  More than 97% of all e-mails sent over the net are unwanted, according to a Microsoft security report.  —  The e-mails are dominated by spam adverts for drugs, and general product pitches and often have malicious attachments.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Gizmodo
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
200 Million Strong  —  We will welcome our 200 millionth user to Facebook some time today, and I want to take this opportunity to describe what this means to us and what we hope it can mean for everyone using Facebook.  —  When we built Facebook in 2004, our goal was to create a richer …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Battle of the multicolumn Twitter clients  —  There was a time, not long ago, when the power Twitter users were gaga for Twhirl.  This Air app gave (and still gives) you quick access to different views of your Twitter network, as well as your FriendFeed stream.
Discussion: Microblink and TechCrunch
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Intel:
Intel Developer Forum: 1-Year Intel® Atom™ Processor Anniversary Brings New Chips, Demonstration of Next-Generation Device  —  Intel Executives Share Vision, Updates at Beijing Tech Event  —  Celebrating the 1-year anniversary of Intel Corporation's introduction …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Lost in the Real World, Found via Cyberspace  —  Rhonda Surman and her husband were hiking around some Bronze Age ruins in western Scotland last year when they glimpsed sunlight reflecting off burnished metal.  It was an Olympus digital camera, lying on the ground.
Discussion: Gawker
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Image Search Color Filter  —  The option that lets you filter images by the predominant color has been added to Google Image Search's interface.  Just click on “All colors” above the search results and you can choose one of the 12 available colors.  —  Until the new feature propagates …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Socializing: Limbo Merges With Brightkite And Announces $9 Million Funding Round  —  In the nascent world of mobile social networking, there are the big dogs (Facebook and MySpace) and everyone who wants to be a big dog.  Two of the puppies just got bigger.
Robert MacMillan / MediaFile:
McClatchy will make $200mln from digital this year  —  McClatchy Chief Executive Gary Pruitt shared some details of the newspaper publisher's operations in his speech on Tuesday at the Newspaper Association of America's annual meeting.  Here's what he said, based on a transcript posted at the NAA's website:
 
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Microsoft killing free XP support next week
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Dictionary.com Launches Free iPhone App
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Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft Faces Branding Problem In Effort to Top Google
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
The battle over content  —  It's a month since the row between YouTube …
Discussion: Music Ally
Randy Nelson / Joystiq:
Iwata: Nintendo considering Wii to DS video-on-demand
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Sun Board to Meet, Discuss Next Steps in IBM Acquisition Attempt
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Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Justin.tv integrates with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
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