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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Live At The Google Labs Press Event: Real Image Analysis, News Timeline, Labs Reloaded  —  I'm among a mass of press at Google's San Francisco headquarters for a special Google Labs press event.  R.J. Pittman, Director of Product Management, Radhika Malpani, Director of Engineering and software engineer Andy Hertzfeld are presenting.
Andy Hertzfeld / Google News Blog:
Introducing Google News Timeline  —  At Google, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to organize information.  Today, we're announcing Google News Timeline—a new feature on Google Labs that organizes many different types of search results on a zoomable, graphical timeline.
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Search By Similarity To Image Search
Discussion: TechCrunch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Our Full Analysis of the $7.4B Oracle-Sun Deal  —  Oracle Campus in San Francisco Bay Area, Calif. Photo via Flickr by Steve Jurvetson  —  Updated: Less than a month after it walked away from a $7 billion deal with IBM, Sun Microsystems says that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement …
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Oracle Agrees to Acquire Sun Microsystems  —  The Oracle Corporation, the technology information company, announced Monday that it would acquire a rival, Sun Microsystems, for $9.50 a share, which would value the transition at $7.4 billion.  —  The deal with Oracle came about two weeks after I.B.M. ended its talks with Sun.
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Oracle gets Sun for $7.4 billion, MySQL for $0  —  Back in the early days of computing, there was no such thing as a “software vendor.”  Companies like IBM sold hardware/software integrated solutions and, really, software was developed simply to sell the value of the hardware.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM CFO pooh-poohs Oracle-Sun deal  —  IBM CFO Mark Loughridge fielded the inevitable question about Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems.  Loughridge did the conference call equivalent of a shoulder shrug.  “What's really changed?  I think nothing,” said Loughridge.
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:   Ellison-Catz Partnership Hones Oracle's Technology Acquisition ‘Machine’
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:   Oracle's strange Java brew
Kevin Fitchard / TELEPHONY Magazine:
AT&T doubling 3G capacity  —  Tweaks to the HSPA network will bring 3G capacity up to 7.2 Mb/s even before AT&T implements next-gen wireless technologies  —  AT&T is in the process of doubling the capacity of its 3G networks, using software enhancements to squeeze one last boost in bandwidth …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Tweetie For Mac: A Powerful, Native Twitter Client For The Masses  —  Today sees the public launch of Tweetie for Mac, the desktop-based big brother of what many (myself included) consider to be the iPhone's best Twitter client.  I've been playing around with a beta version of the app …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
More Microsoft layoffs looming?  Seattle analyst cites possibility  —  Tough business conditions may force Microsoft to make further reductions in its work force, beyond the up to 5,000 job cuts announced in January, a Seattle-based analyst said this morning in a preview of the company's Thursday afternoon earnings report.
Sylvie Barak / Inquirer:
Apple netbooks manufactured by Foxconn rumoured  —  Apple sliced down to netbook size?  —  WE'VE PICKED UP ON some Chinese whispering which would have us believe Apple could be about to release its very own netbook, with Foxconn Electronics chosen as the fruity toymaker's main manufacturing partner.
Tim Elliott / The Age:
How the man in a van outsmarted Microsoft  —  Ric Richardson ... money not that important.  —  Picture: Steve Holland  —  He has been called a “born creative thinker” and “a man of extraordinarily high principle”.  Others consider his inventions frivolous and derivative.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple jumps 32 spots into Fortune 100  —  Reflecting a strong 2008 in which its sales — if not its stock price — jumped sharply, Apple (AAPL) this week made its first appearance in the top 100 of the Fortune 500 since Steve Jobs' return.  —  Apple became a Fortune 500 company in 1983 …
Discussion: PC World, The Apple Core, 9 to 5 Mac and TechSpot, Thanks:mattpol
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Mac Business To Shrink For First Time Since 2003  —  With the PC market in the toilet, it's no surprise that Wall Street expects Apple (AAPL) to report lousy March quarter Mac sales growth this Wednesday.  (Join us for LIVE coverage and analysis.)  But it's still stunning to see how fast the Mac growth engine has stalled.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
MSI's Wind Top AE1900 all-in-one PC comes to US at $529  —  MSI's eco-friendly Wind Top AE1900 has already been formally introduced and spotted over in Hanover earlier this year, but the outfit notorious for withholding price and availability information until the last possible moment has finally let loose those very details.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Crave and Gizmodo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Scientists Break Brain/Twitter Barrier  —  University of Wisconsin-Madison biomedical engineering doctoral student Adam Wilson has successfully tested a “brain wave monitor” to the Twitter publishing interface, allowing him to compose a message merely by thinking and publish it to the arguably too-popular microblogging service.
Tim Ferriss / The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss:
Is Venture Capitalism Dead?  Not Yet.  Advice from Kleiner Perkins, Hummer Winblad, Shasta Ventures, and Clearstone Venture Partners  —  The legendary John Doerr of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins.  (Photo: Thomas Hawk)  —  Total read time: 12-15 minutes.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SkyGrid Launches Free Real Time Financial News Aggregator  —  Dump those expensive Bloomberg terminals in the trash, because there's a brand new financial news product in town.  And it's free.  SkyGrid will aggregate all the news about publicly traded companies in a single user interface …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo Investors Still Thinking About Microsoft  —  Yahoo reports first-quarter financial results on Tuesday after the market close, and analysts expect revenue and profit will be down from a year ago.  The results suggest that the company's troubles are far from over.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How Many New Twitter Users Post-Oprah?  A Lot.  Maybe Over A Million.  —  Late last night, former Engadget editor-in-chief Ryan Block tweeted out that he had done some research to attempt to quantify the “Oprah Effect” — that is, the number of users who signed up for Twitter after Oprah featured the service on her show on Friday.
Discussion: PC World and Between the Lines
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Susan Boyle Videos To Pass 100 Million Views  —  Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle continues to pass crazy milestones as a viral Web sensation.  —  According to Web video metrics company Visible Measures, Boyle's performance had generated more than 650 total “placements” by Sunday night …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Politicans line up to praise new Amazon HQ, but Amazon absent  —  Some of Washington state's biggest political names, including Gov. Chris Gregoire and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, stuck some spades in a ceremonial sandbox today to mark the latest construction phase of Amazon.com's new office campus in South Lake Union.
AppleInsider:
NVIDIA unveils $1800 Quadro FX 4800 card for Apple's Mac Pro  —  Filling a void for a true professional video card on the Mac platform, NVIDIA on Monday announced plans to begin shipping its Quadro FX 4800 ultra-high-end solution for the Mac Pro next month.  —  The $1800 card boasts 192 …
Chris Lynch / Inside Facebook:
Page Squatting: The Next Challenge for Facebook Pages?  —  Inside Facebook, any user can set up a Facebook Page, whether or not they are acting in an official capacity.  As a result, fans often set up Facebook Pages for products, companies, or brands they like as a place to earnestly express their passion.
Gavriella Schuster / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7: A New Approach to Securing Today's Enterprise  —  RSA is here again, and presents a great opportunity to discuss the security in Windows 7: specifically how certain features in the OS address key security-related enterprise scenarios.  In today's economic times …
Discussion: CNET News
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
KnowEm searches 120 sites for open user names  —  KnowEm is the latest in services that check for unclaimed user names at multiple social sites.  This is helpful if you're interested in retaining the same user name at sites you haven't yet signed up for, or if you're on the verge of launching …
BBC:
Adobe Flash secures set-top deal  —  Adobe has secured a deal to put its Flash software into many of the chips that go inside TVs and set-top boxes.  —  It will enable developers and content providers to create applications to deliver web-based content such as news, weather and share prices to TV screens.
Discussion: Adobe and Ryan Stewart
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Andreessen & Horowitz Target $250 Million  —  Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen and former Opsware exec Ben Horowitz are hoping to raise around $250 million for their debut venture capital fund, peHUB has learned.  If you just heard a choking sound, it's probably coming from your own throat (or that of your closest LP).
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Yet Another Journalism Professor Gets Nearly Every Fact Wrong …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Dailymotion Gets A New CEO, Reportedly Seeking New Investment
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Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
Active Facebook Users By Country
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eWeek:
Canonical Announces Ubuntu 9.04 for Desktop, Server and Netbook Systems
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FairSpin: breaking through the bias
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Tweeting Becomes a Summer Job Opportunity
Discussion: CNET News and DailyFinance
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
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Park Si-soo / The Korea Times:
Online Blogger ‘Minerva’ Found Not Guilty
Michael S. Malone / Wall Street Journal:
The Twitter Revolution  —  The brains behind the Web's hottest networking tool.
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