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11:20 AM ET, April 18, 2009


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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
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Good luck with that funding: Q1 sees lowest VC investment in more than a decade  —  There are two new reports about the state of venture capital investing during the first three months of 2009, and they're even bleaker than I expected.  Remember when everyone was hoping that the economic downturn …
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Obama Spurns Silicon Valley Vets, Names Virginia's Secretary of Technology As CTO  —  President Obama will be naming Aneesh Paul Chopra as his choice for CTO during tomorrow's weekly address, as first reported by the Washington Post and confirmed in this press release posted to the White House's official web site.
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: Slashdot
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
Obama Names Aneesh Chopra US's First CTO  —  Looks like instead of mocking Nancy Scola, we owe her kudos for predicting all the way back in November that Obama's pick for the nation's first Chief Technology Officer would be “someone out of the small but vibrant government CTO world …
Discussion: and The 463
Eran Hammer-Lahav / Hueniverse:
Introducing ‘Sign-in with Twitter’, OAuth-Style “Connect”  —  Yesterday Twitter released ‘Sign-in with Twitter’, the ability to use Twitter as a delegated sign-in provider for third-party websites.  The cool thing about this new feature, which is part of their OAuth API beta, is that it is completely standard OAuth.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
A Better Calling Card: Twitter Challenges Facebook Connect
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Why Google Is The New Pirate Bay  —  If the site goes away, search engines could become the new starting points for digital pirates.  —  This week has offered a hard lesson for pirates, both water- and Web-based: Keep a low profile and your illicit business can flourish.
Discussion: Beyond Search, broadstuff and Telegraph
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.
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 and Boston Herald
Paul Boutin / Industry Standard:
The media's fake Twitter backlash begins  —  If you've been waiting for the inevitable Twitter backlash, the fun starts now.  Sure, CNN ran an “is there a Twitter backlash?” story last month.  But for those of us who work in the media, we knew the question mark in the headline meant the answer was “No.”
Gillian Reagan / New York Observer:
‘Twitter Sucks!’ The Backlash Begins
Discussion: Beyond Search
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Oprah Fails to Tweet on Her Big Twitter Show  —  How could one possibly make Twitter even more of an exercise in self-absorption?  How about by broadcasting yourself on national TV while using Twitter?  Oprah's big Twitter show is on right now and we're watching.  —  The show starts with Oprah excited about joining Twitter.
Pamela Samuelson / O'Reilly Radar:
Legally Speaking: The Dead Souls of the Google Booksearch Settlement  —  Guest blogger Pamela Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology …
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 …
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
WPP Sues Spot Runner for Securities Fraud, Breach of Contract  —  Accuses Agency of ‘Pump and Dump’ Stock Scheme  —  NEW YORK ( — WPP has filed a lawsuit against Spot Runner, the Los Angeles self-service ad creator in which it has a stake, as well as the agency's chairman-CEO …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
iPhone app lets you get away with napping at work  —  A new iPhone app lets you nap at work in your cubicle without fear of being caught.  —  The iNap@Work app makes office-like “productivity noises” so that your co-workers will hear a constant din of activity coming from your space.
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Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise:
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Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:ilamont
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Slowly Opens Its Wireless Network …
Discussion: Engadget and Verizon
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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