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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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Reuters:   Investor plays matchmaker in Sun sale to Oracle
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:   Ellison-Catz Partnership Hones Oracle's Technology Acquisition ‘Machine’
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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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.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Live At The Google Labs Press Event: Real Image Analysis …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Digg's Kevin Rose: The State of The Union  —  Last week I sat down with Digg founder Kevin Rose to get the Digg “State of the Union.”  The company, now more than four years old, has continued to grow incredibly since launching in late 2004 and regularly innovates with new products.
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.
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Web IM In Hotmail  —  Web IM is coming to Hotmail.  It became available to users in France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the UK last month and starting today it will roll out to Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the USA.  If your country is not in this list yet, don't fret!
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Yahoo's Bartz Picks Balogh to Tear Down ‘Wall of Shame’ of Failed Products  —  Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz said last month that she created a “wall of shame” for products she isn't happy with.  She's counting on her top technology executive to fix them.
Wall Street Journal:
Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project  —  WASHINGTON — Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project — the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever — according to current and former government officials familiar with the attacks.
Discussion: PC World and TG Daily, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kristen Nicole / All Facebook:
LOLapps Emerges from Stealth Mode to Take Over Facebook Apps  —  LOLapps is officially launching today, after having been in stealth mode for well over six months now.  The company is actually a developer firm that's behind many apps you're probably familiar with, including Quiz Creator and Gift Creator.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Omniture adds viral video analytics, targets startup rivals  —  Web analytics heavyweight Omniture is taking on a few video analytics startups today, by introducing a new service for tracking data about online videos across the web.  The public company already offers a variety of software tools …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
More Interesting Northern European Analyses Of The Music Industry  —  I'm not entirely sure why, but it appears that a bunch of folks in the northern parts of Europe are doing some rather interesting analyses of the recording industry in that region.  Perhaps it's the fact that so much attention …
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Announcing the Xbox 360 Game Of The Year Bundle  —  Starting in May, keep an eye out for the Xbox 360 Game of the Year bundle.  This limited edition bundle will contain an Xbox 360 Elite and a copy of the award winning titles Halo 3 and Fable II for US $ 399.  That's the normal Elite Price plus two games at no additional cost.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Wants To Bully Amazee Into Changing Its Name  —  Online retail juggernaut Amazon isn't too pleased with the name Swiss startup Amazee picked for its social collaboration service, and is now trying to persuade the young company to change it to something else.
Discussion: paidContent and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kevin Cho / Bloomberg:
LG Electronics Operating Profit Beats Estimates; Higher Revenue Predicted  —  LG Electronics Inc., the world's third-largest maker of mobile phones, posted earnings that beat analyst estimates and forecast higher sales in the current period on increased shipments of handsets and televisions.
Discussion: mocoNews
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Cost of Downloading All Those Videos  —  In an article in today's New York Times, I wrote about the controversy over the now-abandoned plan by Time Warner Cable to impose additional fees on customers who upload and download more than a set quota.  —  AT&T continues to test a similar plan …
eMarketer:
Brand Mentions Preferred over Ads  —  Young people especially receptive.  —  Want to get Internet users to visit your Website or follow your brand?  —  The best way to accomplish those tasks, according to ARAnet, based on polling by Opinion Research Corporation, may not be advertising.
Naveen / Born Rich:
SmartFaucet by iHouse recognizes faces to adjust temperature and flow  —  Combining sophisticated design with high-end technology, the SmartFaucet by iHouse brings the utmost convenience.  Using a facial screening application, the iHouse Smart Faucet recognizes the user and automatically turns …
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Should Google pay a tax to media corporations?  —  Returning from a mostly-offline spring break vacation, I find that the future-of-news debate has been going round in circles.  In the most interesting turn of the wheel, Nick Carr weighed in with an elaboration of his argument that Google …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Korean Officials Angered By Google's Decision To Bypass Law  —  Google's decision to bypass a new South Korean law by shutting off comments and video uploads on its YouTube Korea site appears to have seriously irked the Korean government.  Korean paper Hankyoreh reports that the Korean government …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
A Magazine With a Puzzle Buried Inside  —  A few nights ago Steven Bevacqua, a postproduction supervisor for the television series “Life,” was flipping through the May issue of Wired magazine when he thought he started seeing secret messages.  Yes, he'd just come home from a long day at work …
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
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 …
 
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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Time For Google To Fund An Online-Only Version Of The Pulitzers?
Discussion: TechFlash and Content Bridges, Thanks:atul
Chen May Yee / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Mayo opens private medical-data website
Discussion: PR Newswire and Associated Press
Matt Mullenweg:
Blo.gs Lives On  —  Do you guys remember Blo.gs?
Discussion: toni.org, Thanks:socialcoop
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Healthline's semantic search engine adds treatment and doctor search
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
MediaShift:
Ohio Newspapers Share Content, But Don't Give Up Hope for AP
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
6 Weeks After Redesign, A Look at the Top 10 App Developers on Facebook by Reach
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Yet Another Journalism Professor Gets Nearly Every Fact Wrong …
Thanks:atul
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Politicans line up to praise new Amazon HQ, but Amazon absent
Chris Lynch / Inside Facebook:
Page Squatting: The Next Challenge for Facebook Pages?
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Dailymotion Gets A New CEO, Reportedly Seeking New Investment
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteHire and Pulse2
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Andreessen & Horowitz Target $250 Million
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:atul
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Scientists Break Brain/Twitter Barrier
Discussion: Softpedia News
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Mac Business To Shrink For First Time Since 2003