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3:58 AM ET, April 21, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Hard at play in Google Labs with Similar Images and Google News Timeline  —  At Google, we are constantly researching, designing, and brainstorming about the next big idea, and when we think we've found something compelling, we often use our “20-percent time” to build a working version.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Similar Images First Look  —  A new 20% time Google project has just launched called Google Similar Images.  It's pretty self-explanatory — when you search for an image and find one close to what you're looking for, Google can now find ones that it believes to be the same, or similar.
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.
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.
Matt Mullenweg:
Sun, Oracle, WordPress, and MySQL  —  It's magically beautiful outside in San Francisco today, but instead everyone is talking about the $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle.  (More on Techmeme.)  A number of people have contacted me with questions to the effect of …
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Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Why Oracle Won't Kill MySQL  —  Marten Mickos, MySQL's former chief, discusses Oracle's $7.4 billion bid for Sun Microsystems.  —  It's tempting to speculate that Oracle's bid for Sun Microsystems is a convenient way to kill off open-source database wonder, MySQL.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Our Full Analysis of the $7.4B Oracle-Sun Deal
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:   Ellison-Catz Partnership Hones Oracle's Technology Acquisition ‘Machine’
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Oracle's strange Java brew
Discussion: PC World and eWeek
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone OS 3.0 to feature voice control and feedback  —  Various voice-related features, under the codename “Jibbler,” have been discovered in the version of SpringBoard set to ship with the next update to Apple's mobile operating system.  —  Sources speaking to Ars have discovered evidence …
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 …
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.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
6 Weeks After Redesign, A Look at the Top 10 App Developers on Facebook by Reach  —  Like last year's profile page redesign, Facebook's recent home page redesign has shaken up the AppData application developer charts.  Several developers who saw the change as a disruptive opportunity have moved …
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
America's Newest Profession: Bloggers for Hire  —  In America today, there are almost as many people making their living as bloggers as there are lawyers.  Already more Americans are making their primary income from posting their opinions than Americans working as computer programmers, firefighters or even bartenders.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Yet Another Journalism Professor Gets Nearly Every Fact Wrong In Saying Google Needs To Pay  —  With all the journalists declaring that Google needs to pay newspapers, it's amazing how often their arguments are based on simply incorrect statements — the sort of thing that is the real problem newspapers face.
Thanks:atul
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware unveils its cloud OS; Wants to be a bridge for the enterprise  —  VMware on Tuesday will announce its cloud operating system—dubbed vSphere 4—with plans for general availability in the second quarter.  —  With the effort, VMware is attempting to bridge virtualized data centers …
Discussion: Forbes, The Register and eWeek
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Healthline's semantic search engine adds treatment and doctor search  —  Healthline Networks, a health search engine that uses semantic technology to help you understand your symptoms and the best drugs to treat them, is adding two new features today: TreatmentSearch and DocSearch.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
Twitter Status:
A note about per day following limits  —  For some time, we've limited the number of accounts that a single person can follow in a day to 1000.  A few days ago, we found that this limit was not being consistently applied and we started enforcing it for all users.
Discussion: louisgray.com, Thanks:atul
MediaShift:
Ohio Newspapers Share Content, But Don't Give Up Hope for AP  —  For many, last week's news that the Associated Press planned to begin to crack down on news aggregators that link and quote its content wasn't news at all.  Media industry publications have long been reporting on the friction between …
Matt Mullenweg:
Blo.gs Lives On  —  Do you guys remember Blo.gs?  In addition to being a cool domain, it's a ping-update service like Ping-O-Matic that was started by Jim Winstead and acquired by Yahoo in June of 2005.  —  Some exciting news today: Yahoo! is transferring blo.gs to Automattic for safekeeping and further development.
Thanks:socialcoop
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, Gizmodo and Crave
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 …
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pushed By Celebrities, Twitter Is Poised To Double Its Monthly Traffic Once Again  —  I know, you're sick of Twitter data.  But more keeps rolling in showcasing just how massive last week was for Twitter.  The Kutcher/CNN race to a million on top of Oprah showcasing the service on Friday …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Socialmedia.biz and contentious.com, Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
 
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Qik Launches Facebook Connect Support
Chris Lynch / Inside Facebook:
Page Squatting: The Next Challenge for Facebook Pages?
Tim Ferriss / The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SkyGrid Launches Free Real Time Financial News Aggregator
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo Investors Still Thinking About Microsoft
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Andreessen & Horowitz Target $250 Million
Thanks:atul
Edward J. Delaney / Nieman Journalism Lab:
22% of Pulitzer entries had online content, including 7 winners
Discussion: New York Times, Daggle, MediaFile and Slate
 Earlier Items: 
eWeek:
Canonical Announces Ubuntu 9.04 for Desktop, Server and Netbook Systems
Discussion: The Register and DesktopLinux.com
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
KnowEm searches 120 sites for open user names
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Adam Hartley / TechRadar.com:
Skype heading to Nintendo DSi?
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileContentToday
Tim Elliott / The Age:
How the man in a van outsmarted Microsoft
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple jumps 32 spots into Fortune 100