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8:40 AM ET, April 8, 2009

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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?”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Live From Google Campfire '09: Java Support Launches  —  For the rest of the videos, visit the archive here.  —  We're here at the Google campfire event, where Google is celebrating the first birthday of App Engine and is planning planning to unveil new developer-related features.
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News, The Register and Latest Geek Stuff, Thanks:atul
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The Official Google Blog:
New features and an early look at Java for App Engine  —  Scarcity brings clarity, and many companies are taking important steps to adjust to today's economic climate.  At Google, we've started changing the way we build and release products.  —  In the past six months alone we've launched nearly 50 projects …
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 …
Discussion: Google Code Blog, Softpedia News and eWeek, Thanks:atul
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  —  44% ‘very satisfied’ with beta, says research firm; just 10% of early Vista users said the same  —  Computerworld) Beta testers of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 7 are four times more likely to be happy with what they're seeing than were early users of Windows Vista …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 beta upgrade won't be easy
Discussion: Neowin.net and iTnews Australia
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.
Discussion: Screenwerk, GMSV and Beet.TV
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Can the AP Out-Google Google?
Thanks:atul
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
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and techeblog.com
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 …
Google Mobile Blog:
Gmail gets a new engine for iPhone and Android-powered devices  —  Today, we're thrilled to tell you about the improvements we've made to Gmail for mobile, running in the iPhone and Android web browser.  First, you'll notice that it's a lot faster when performing actions like opening an email, navigating, or searching.
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Eight reasons we still need an iPhone Gmail app
Discussion: IntoMobile
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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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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twhirl goes into a user feedback cocoon and is reborn as Seesmic Desktop  —  I'm here at headquarters of San Francisco video blogging company Seesmic for the launch of Seesmic Desktop, the next step in the company's product offering.  —  The product is a revaming of the popular Twhirl …
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Battle of the multi-column Twitter clients
Discussion: Microblink
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
The battle over content  —  It's a month since the row between YouTube and songwriters saw all professional music videos withdrawn from the video-sharing service in the UK.  And there's no sign of peace breaking out - indeed the row appears to be getting more heated.
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 …
Discussion: Mashable! and Google Blogoscoped
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: The Download Blog
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.
Siobhan Gorman / Associated Press:
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 …
 
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Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
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Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Justin.tv integrates with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1
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Amol Sharma / Digits:
Silicon Valley Goes from Libertarian to Keynesian
Discussion: GMSV and mocoNews, Thanks:atul
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
FBI Defends Disruptive Raids on Texas Data Centers
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Yahoo's plan: create community from isolated sites
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
16% of teens, 30% of professionals plan to buy iPhones
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com: Don't blame us for Twitter problems
Discussion: Beyond Search
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Discussion: paidContent.org and Beyond Search