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3:35 PM ET, April 18, 2009

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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Why Aneesh Chopra is a Great Choice for Federal CTO  —  The news has now been leaked that President Obama intends to nominate Aneesh Chopra as the nation's first Chief Technology Officer.  The Federal CTO will be an assistant to the President, as well as the Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Discussion: The 463 and Slashdot
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Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Aneesh Chopra: America's Chief Technology Officer  —  During his weekly address this morning, President Obama named Aneesh Chopra as the nation's first Chief Technology Officer.  Chopra, who has effectively been doing much the same job at a state level in his role as Secretary of Technology …
The White House:
Weekly Address: Efficiency and Innovation
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
Obama Names Aneesh Chopra US's First CTO [UPDATED]
Discussion: fcw.com and The 463
Yu-kai Chou:
Seesmic Desktop will Destroy Tweetdeck  —  TweetDeck vs Seesmic Desktop  —  Up to this point, I have always been a fan of Tweetdeck.  I have told quite a plethora of people to download Tweetdeck as soon as they made their first tweet (yes, I do a search on that) .
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
What's up, bot?  Google tries new Captcha method  —  Google has released research results about a new test to foil computers pretending to be humans by requiring them to orient an image so it's upright.  —  A persistent problem on the Internet is screening out automated computer systems that can be used …
Discussion: Epicenter and digg.com
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Swedes Demonstrate Against Pirate Bay Verdict  —  Yesterday, The Pirate Bay Four were sentenced to a year in prison, and on top of that each of them was ordered to pay the entertainment industry $905,000 in damages.  The defendants have all anounced that they will appeal, which means that the case is likely to drag on for years.
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Why Google Is The New Pirate Bay
Discussion: Beyond Search, Telegraph and broadstuff
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Venture Capital Down 50%.  It's Not Just the Recession, Folks.  —  There's a huge difference between what venture capitalists say and what they do.  For much of the last decade some of the same partners that keep saying Silicon Valley will never decline as the startup epicenter of the world are spending every month flying to China.
Discussion: VentureWoods
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Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
VC Investment in Internet Deals Did NOT Fall Off A Cliff
Discussion: GigaOM
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT chief: People don't need fibre to the home  —  Ford not Ferrari for you  —  Digital Britain Summit BT chief executive Ian Livingstone defended his firm's limited plans for faster broadband today, arguing there is not enough demand for fibre to the home to justify its cost.
Discussion: broadstuff, Guardian and DSLreports
Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley unemployment rate jumps to record 11%  —  Silicon Valley's unemployment rate jumped to a record 11 percent last month, and more than 100,000 people are now unemployed and looking for work in the area, the state reported Friday.  The question now is how many more will join them before the recession ends.
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Do not call him the Craigslist killer  —  Reporters looking into the case of a serial killer in the Northeast have hit upon what they consider a cool angle — he's the Craigslist killer.  —  As though the victims of the Green River killer should have just avoided water.
Discussion: craigslist blog
John Cox / Network World:
Palm's webOS lives up to hype, early developers say  —  Palm's new operating system is designed with the mobile Web in mind  —  Underneath the sleek exterior, the multi-touch display and the sliding keyboard of the upcoming Palm Pre smartphone is the real innovation: a new kind of operating system designed with the mobile Web in mind.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
YouTube's Sad Studio Deal Just Highlights Hulu's Superiority  —  In the war between video sites, Hulu might have the Daily Show, 30 Rock and 24, but YouTube just signed big studio deals to bring you... Harper's Island and The Addams Family.  Oh, Google.  —  The search giant is doing its best …
Tony Wright / Tony Wright dot com:
Just How Important is the Valley?  Let's Look at some Data.  —  [Edit: Added the raw data in a table at the end]  —  Some of the smartest startup brains I've ever met have said that if you want to be in the startup game, you MUST be in the Valley.  There are plenty of justifications out there for it …
 
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Google Book Search settlement gives Google a virtual monopoly over literature
Paul Boutin / Industry Standard:
The media's fake Twitter backlash begins
Discussion: Beyond Search, Gawker and Scripting News, Thanks:ilamont
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