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12:15 PM ET, April 8, 2009

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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 …
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  —  Acer executives said that Google's Android still has a long way to go before it can be used as the operating system for the hot new category of laptops known as Netbooks.  And the CEO of the Taiwanese company hinted that its Netbooks …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Engadget 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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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google addresses newspaper woes
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 …
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 …
Sarah Radwanick / comScore Voices:
Twitter Traffic Explodes...And Not Being Driven by the Usual Suspects!  —  Twitter seems to be just about everywhere these days, infiltrating pop culture and challenging traditional communication channels as people answer the simple Twitter question, “What are you doing?”
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.
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Brady Becker / Brightkite Blog:
Huge news! Limbo is joining forces with Brightkite
Discussion: Local Mobile Search
University of San Francisco (USF):
The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index (Bloomberg ticker: USFSVVCI)  —  First Quarter - 2009 … The quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index™ (Bloomberg ticker symbol: USFSVVCI) is based on an on-going survey of San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley venture capitalists.
Discussion: Between the Lines and PE Hub Blog
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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 …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Top Exec Singh Cassidy Leaves Google to Go to Accel Partners …
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
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
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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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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Katherine Boehret / All Things Digital:
A Desktop That Begs to Be Organized
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 and PSFK
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: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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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 …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Gone in 140 characters - Privacy issues raised as Twitter employee hands over personal details of @Skype registrant to Skype  —  Of course, we know that Twitter names are something of a Wild-West environment right now.  Anyone can grab a famous person's name or brand and there is not much policing going on.
Discussion: nerdgirl and Voice on the Web, Thanks:atul
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Dictionary.com Launches Free iPhone App  —  Dictionary.com, part of the Ask.com network, has launched a free iPhone app that delivers lets you look up definitions and synonyms from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com, reaching into a database of more than 275,000 definitions and 80,000 synonyms.
Discussion: iPhone Buzz and Mashable!
 
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Riva Richmond / Gadgetwise:
Macs Aren't Safer, Just a Smaller Target
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple refusing royalty-free license to widget patent
Discussion: Apple iPhone Apps and MacNN
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
YouTube for Artistes  —  The Web video site Vimeo goes …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
This Machine Eats Tweets: The System Behind @Comcast and Others
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Former Microsoft Executive Charles Simonyi Returns to Earth
Discussion: CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
Austin Modine / The Register:
Microsoft killing free XP support next week
Discussion: AppScout
Robert MacMillan / MediaFile:
McClatchy will make $200mln from digital this year
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft Faces Branding Problem In Effort to Top Google
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Image Search Color Filter
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
The battle over content  —  It's a month since the row between YouTube …
Discussion: Music Ally
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Sun Board to Meet, Discuss Next Steps in IBM Acquisition Attempt
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Justin.tv integrates with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace
Discussion: CNET News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
ShoeMoney Sues Google Employee For AdWords Violations