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12:35 AM ET, April 19, 2009

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Amy Schatz / Digits:
Tech Industry Cheers as Obama Taps Aneesh Chopra for CTO  —  It may not be the Cabinet-level post that some were hoping for, but President Obama finally named the U.S.'s first chief technology officer on Saturday morning during his weekly radio and Internet address.
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
MSDN and TechNet get Windows 7 RC?  Public to wait till May 5 (Updated)  —  It looks like Microsoft is yet again revealing more than it wants to, according to a Microsoft Partner Program webpage.  May 5 looks like the date that Windows 7 RC will be available publicly.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Herebeforeoprah.com Asks The Important Question  —  It's not yet clear exactly what effect Oprah had on Twitter by featuring the service (and its first million-follower user, Ashton Kutcher) on her show on Friday.  Twitter co-founder Biz Stone tells me he's going to try and get some numbers …
Discussion: Logic+Emotion and Guardian
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and digg.com
Zack Whittaker / iGeneration:
Office 2010: new logo, Outlook, and user interface  —  Outlook 2010 has been seen out in the wild, courtesy of an anonymous source within the Education team at Microsoft.  —  This is major news for students as most universities have adopted to Office 2007, which thankfully …
Discussion: ithinkdifferrent
Guillermo Rauch / Devthought:
The Digg worm that wasn't  —  Two nights ago I was editing my Digg profile and couldn't help but think about the recent Mikeyy and Twitter revolt.  Within minutes I had found a XSS exploit that could theoretically allow me to achieve the same.  —  Half an hour later, I had a working worm ready …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
ISP Speeds Up Customers' BitTorrent Downloads  —  Over the past few years Internet service providers have been increasingly complaining about the massive load BitTorrent transfers place on their networks.  They claim that this load can reduce the performance experienced by other subscribers …
Discussion: digg.com
Soulskill / Slashdot:
$74k Judgment Against Craigslist Prankster  —  jamie points out an update in the case of Jason Fortuny, the Craigslist prankster who was sued last year for publicly posting responses to a fake personal ad.  The Citizen Media Law Project's summary of his case now includes a recently entered default judgment …
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Apple Is Approaching a Defining Moment  —  Come Wednesday, it will be Apple's turn to discuss its results for the first three months of 2009.  But among the crowd of Apple watchers, the discussion has been simmering for months, with the tone shifting from pessimism about recession-whacked sales …
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.
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