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7:30 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.
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: TechCrunch Europe
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 …
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
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
MSDN and TechNet get Windows 7 RC?  Public to wait till May 5 (Updated x2)  —  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.
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 …
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 …
Keith Barry / Autopia:
Ford Bets the Fiesta on Social Networking  —  Ford is betting the success of the Fiesta subcompact on the blogs, tweets and Facebook updates of 100 people who will live with the cars and share their experiences online.  It's a hell of a gamble, but if it pays off, Ford just might recast itself …
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Security Expert Suggests Twitter Focus on Output Escaping not Input Filtering  —  Twitter's status blog this morning announced that Twitter has addressed the most recent variant of the Mikeyy worm but recommends that you still avoid viewing the profiles of users posting “uncharacteristic or otherwise suspicious tweets.”
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: Loic Le Meur Blog and Mashable!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch: 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: Mashable! and Logic+Emotion
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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