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12:30 AM ET, April 20, 2009

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Christopher Price / PhoneNews.com:
Apple Consolidating AV Cables Ahead of iPhone HD Launch  —  Apple has advised Apple Authorized Resellers to begin placing on clearance both the Apple Composite AV Cable and Apple Component AV Cable.  PhoneNews.com has learned that Apple will be consolidating these cables, ahead of the launch of the next iPhone.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Neowin.net
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Flash Charges into the Living Room  —  Adobe is making a major push to bring its Flash platform to the living room, announcing a version of Flash that's optimized for televisions, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on Monday.  —  Flash is already installed on most every PC …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Gambles on Windows 7 ‘Starter’  —  Microsoft Corp. is taking an unusual approach with its new Windows 7 operating system: Customers buying many of the least-expensive laptops with the software are likely to be limited to running three applications at a time and miss out on other key features, or pay for an upgrade.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Electronista
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.”
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
New ‘Get a Mac’ ads don't acknowledge ‘PC Hunter’ talking points  —  We were worried that Apple would somehow try to respond to the PC Hunter advertising by switching their message.  They didn't.  They are staying on their message.  Our favorite?  Legal Copy: (more below)  —  Also see them at Apple
Discussion: Gizmodo, Neowin.net and TUAW
TechRadar.com:
What if our tech is good enough?  —  Incremental improvements just don't get us excited  —  Perhaps Blu-ray is the canary in the coalmine.  To its makers, it's a fantastic new format, the pinnacle of home entertainment technology.  —  To the public, it's DVD with a slightly better picture …
Thanks:blogfisher
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.
Discussion: broadstuff
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:   UK startup icons launch fund to bridge Europe's ‘Equity gap’
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Bloggers: Let's Band Together and Stop the Hype Cycle  —  Silicon Valley is known for nurturing start-ups in a way no other place can.  But it's not all kumbaya here.  And one of the most destructive things about Silicon Valley is the hype cycle.  And judging by the fact …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask Welcomes Back Jeeves, At Least In The UK, That Is  —  It has been well over three years since Ask.com has retired Jeeves.  Ever since then, many searchers and internet users have asked for his return.  Today, Jeeves has come out of retirement, at least in the UK, where he returns as the brand behind the search engine.
Discussion: Guardian, Financial Times and Mashable!
Sebastian Blanco / AutoblogGreen:
Peapod will use iPhone as nav system, green driving advisor, and - huh? - a key  —  Last week at the New York Auto Show, we visited Peapod Mobility and got a good look at the duck-like car with the big smile.  One thing that we noticed in the promotional booklet that Peter Arnell …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Is Google the next Pirate Bay?  In a word, no.  —  Now that an initial guilty verdict has been handed down in the Pirate Bay case, there's a lot of talk going on about Google being “the next Pirate Bay.”  In an interview with Forbes, Harvard professor Ben Edelman states “Google now can and does do what the Pirate Bay has always done.”
Discussion: Maximum PC all and digg.com
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.
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: VCMike's Blog and New York Times, Thanks:atul
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Hollywood Has A Great Online Distribution Model — If You Hate Selection
Discussion: Thought Clusters, The Biz and Slashdot, Thanks:atul
Caine Moss / VentureBeat:
VCs are turning the screws with financing terms
Om Malik / GigaOM:
IPL Cricket's Online Video Offering Is An Epic Fail
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
4 Reasons Apple Should Share the iPhone With Verizon
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Comic Sans Becomes Font of Ill Will