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2:25 PM ET, April 19, 2009

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Benjamin Sutherland / Newsweek:
Apple's New Weapon  —  To help soldiers make sense of data from drones, satellites and ground sensors, the U.S. military now issues the iPod Touch. … From the magazine issue dated Apr 27, 2009  —  Tying the hands of a person who is speaking, the Arab proverb goes, is akin to “tying his tongue.”
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Identify: Google People With Two Keystrokes  —  There's a lot of information about many of us spread around the web and though privacy is important to discuss - there's also another side of that coin.  It can be very useful to tie together info from disparate sources about a particular individual.
Times of London:
Lastminute founder Brent Hoberman rallies friends to bankroll internet entrepreneurs  —  TWO of Britain's best-known internet entrepreneurs are teaming up to launch a development fund to back start-up technology companies suffering from a financing gap as investment levels plummet.
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
UK startup icons launch fund to bridge Europe's ‘Equity gap’  —  Two icons of the UK's tech startup world are joining forces to create a new fund to address the so-called ‘equity gap’ in Europe.  European Founders Capital (EFC) is being led by Michael Birch, co-founder of Bebo, and Brent Hoberman …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
IPL Cricket's Online Video Offering Is An Epic Fail  —  Yesterday, I wrote about Indian Premier League's Twenty20 Cricket tournament for NewTeeVee.  The big news was that the Indian professional cricket league championship (now in its second year) would be using Microsoft's Silverlight multimedia technology.
Kaja Whitehouse / New York Post:
FEDS TO TAX WEB TO BOLSTER STATE REVENUES  —  The days of buying online to avoid paying sales taxes may soon be over.  —  A bill is expected to be introduced to Congress this week that would force retailers like eBay and Amazon.com to start collecting sales taxes on behalf of states from people who shop online or through mail order.
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Comic Sans Becomes Font of Ill Will  —  Vincent Connare designed the ubiquitous, bubbly Comic Sans typeface, but he sympathizes with the world-wide movement to ban it.  —  Mr. Connare has looked on, alternately amused and mortified, as Comic Sans has spread from a software project …
Fred / A VC:
A Deeper Dive Into The First Quarter VC Investment Numbers  —  Claire Cain Miller wrote a story in Friday's New York Times about the “Money Tree Report” that is published every quarter by the National Venture Capital Association and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.  The picture in the first quarter is not pretty.
Discussion: New York Times and VCMike's Blog, Thanks:atul
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Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley unemployment rate jumps to record 11%
Discussion: Dealscape
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Odds Of Facebook Governance Vote Counting: Next to Nothing  —  When Facebook announced the “Facebook Governance” voting back in February, Mark Zuckerberg hailed it as an “unprecedented” effort to involve users in the development of the terms of service.  Almost two months later the voting …
Miracle Jones / Fictioncircus.com:
The Internet Archive Joins the Fight Against the Google Books Settlement  —  The Internet Archive has filed a brief against Google hoping to challenge Google's settlement with the “Author's Guild” on the grounds that the Internet Archive has just as much right to protection from infringement claims …
Discussion: LAW.com and Toronto Star
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
4 Reasons Apple Should Share the iPhone With Verizon  —  Apple is more likely to bring the iPhone to Verizon once the cellular company deploys its fourth-generation network, claims Verizon's chief executive.  —  That's because Apple was never very interested in Verizon's current CDMA cellular standard …
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
 
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Keith Barry / Autopia:
Ford Bets the Fiesta on Social Networking
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Security Expert Suggests Twitter Focus on Output Escaping not Input Filtering
Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Herebeforeoprah.com Asks The Important Question
Discussion: Mashable! and Logic+Emotion
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
ISP Speeds Up Customers' BitTorrent Downloads
Discussion: digg.com
Guillermo Rauch / Devthought:
The Digg worm that wasn't  —  Two nights ago I was editing …
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog and Mashable!
Soulskill / Slashdot:
$74k Judgment Against Craigslist Prankster
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Apple Is Approaching a Defining Moment
Zack Whittaker / iGeneration:
Office 2010: new logo, Outlook, and user interface
Discussion: ithinkdifferrent