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1:10 AM ET, March 25, 2009

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Christopher Cox / Facebook Blog:
Responding to Your Feedback  —  Since we launched Facebook's home page design, we've received thousands of e-mails, Wall posts and comments from you along with direct feedback from all of our friends and family.  If you've already given us feedback, thank you.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook discusses redesigning its redesign  —  Today, Facebook is responding to criticism about its recent site redesign with some specific descriptions of tweaks to make its latest interface more usable.  While the scale of dissatisfaction hasn't been clear, more than 1 million of its 200 million …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Facebook Preparing To Tweak Site Design
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:atul
The Official Google Blog:
Two new improvements to Google results pages  —  Today we're rolling out two new improvements to Google search.  The first offers an expanded list of useful related searches and the second is the addition of longer search result descriptions — both of which help guide users more effectively to the information they need.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Implements ‘Orion’ …
Discussion: Digits, Thanks:atul
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Changes Could Decrease Downstream Traffic
Discussion: Ars Technica and PC World
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Mozilla, graphics group seek to build 3D Web  —  Wish you could play Crysis in your Web browser?  Two influential organizations are banding together to try to bring accelerated 3D graphics to the Web, a move that eventually could improve online games and other Web applications.
Discussion: Electronista and The Register, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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John Dowdell / jd/adobe:   Standards for thee, but not for me  —  Strange news today …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple sued for promoting iPhone as eBook reader  —  An overseas communications firm is suing Apple for promoting its iPhone handset as a touchscreen digital book reader, a concept it claims to have patented over seven years ago.  —  In a 7-page complaint filed with a Virginia district court Monday …
David Lieberman / USA Today:
Blockbuster unveils deal to transmit movies to TiVo users  —  NEW YORK — Blockbuster's effort to establish itself in the fast-growing Internet video-on-demand business will get a boost today when the No. 1 video rental chain unveils a deal to transmit movies and TV shows to TiVo digital video recorders.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Boxee adds Pandora and makes its browser more Firefox-like for Hulu  —  Boxee, the streaming content startup, continues to push updates out at a brisk pace.  Tonight, at its meetup in New York City, it's announcing a few new features, one of which should once again help bring back Hulu support.
CBC News:
Group launches strategy to block Conficker worm from .ca domain  —  The group that manages Canada's .ca internet domain is working to foil an internet worm set to attack starting April Fool's Day.  —  “We're going to do everything possible to make this extremely inhospitable terrain for any worm …
Discussion: CircleID
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John D. Sutter / CNN:
No joke in April Fool's Day computer worm
Discussion: Domain Name News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Developers Gripe About Payment Delays and Dismal Customer Service  —  Are iPhone app developers getting paid on time from Apple?  Not all of them.  On this iPhone developer forum, there are numerous threads from developers who are complaining about delays in payments for January …
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Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Apple Putting The Squeeze On iPhone Developers
Discussion: Techdirt
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
T-Mobile launches 3G USB modem  —  Bellevue-based T-Mobile's introducing a new device taking advantage of its new 3G network: A nifty little USB stick modem for laptops with capacity for up to 8 gigabytes of storage.  —  It includes a slot for a micro SD memory card, plus a SIM card in a finger-sized black dongle.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report, Gizmodo and Engadget
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Friends and Family Fly for Free, Frequently  —  Google's new 2008 proxy statement looks a lot like Google's proxy statements from previous years: The company's top executives received nice bonuses, though slightly smaller than last year's.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iPhone Makes Up 50 Percent of Smartphone Web Traffic In U.S., Android Already 5 Percent  —  The iPhone now accounts for 50 percent of mobile Web traffic from smartphones in the U.S., according to an AdMob Mobile Metrics report released this morning.  Over the past six months …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Apple's Netbook Foray Will Flop  —  Like a moth to a hot trend, Apple (AAPL Quote - Cramer on AAPL - Stock Picks) will fly into the netbook flame and get burned.  —  The company will unveil a 10-inch touchscreen tablet computer sometime this year, say analysts.
Discussion: Edible Apple
WMPoweruser.com:
Is this Windows Mobile 7?  —  A kind tipster send us this screen shots of what purports to be Windows Mobile 7.  The latest inside rumours put the OS as being available to OEM's by the end of 2009 and out on devices by Spring 2010.  —  From what I have heard so far, it sounds worth the wait.
Discussion: WMExperts
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
YouTube Blocked in China, Google Says  —  Google said Tuesday that its YouTube video-sharing Web site had been blocked in China.  —  Google said it did not know why the site had been blocked, but a report by the official Xinhua news agency of China on Tuesday said that supporters of the Dalai Lama …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google invests in e-commerce start-up Pixazza  —  Google is joining a $5.75 million investment round in Pixazza, a start-up that hopes to profit by overlaying photos on the Web with links that let people buy the products in the images.  —  The Mountain View, Calif.-based company is now launching …
Discussion: Tech Beat, VentureBeat and Mashable!
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Email startup Xobni leaves beta, raises $3.2M  —  Xobni is finally launching the “official” version of its plug-in that improves organization in Microsoft's email program Outlook — in other words, it's finally taking off the beta testing label it has been using for the past 10 months.
Discussion: CNET News and Xobni Blog
Royal Pingdom:
The most reliable (and unreliable) blogging services  —  Millions of people who blog don't want to deal with hosting their blog themselves, so they use a blogging service instead.  There are many things that factor into the choice of blogging service, but one of them should always be site reliability.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
White House Using Google Moderator For Town Hall Meeting.  And AppEngine.  And YouTube.  —  Google is getting some major national exposure for both its AppEngine platform and Google Moderator, a simple tool that helps groups determine which questions should be asked at all hands meetings, conferences, Q&A sessions, etc.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Movie Studios May Be About To Learn That Netflix Has The Leverage  —  from the over-and-over-and-over-again dept  —  You know how movies studios keep making the same movie over and over and over again with just slight changes?  It seems that the entertainment industry simply has a problem recognizing …
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Looks Beyond Cellphones  —  As Core Business Slumps, Wireless Carrier Aims to Use Its Network for Dashboard Computers, GPS Devices  —  Unable to sign up enough new cellphone subscribers, Sprint Nextel Corp. is increasingly trying to use the excess capacity on its wireless network to power other consumer gadgets.
Alex Wilhelm / The Mind of Alex:
Chrome's Growth Is Far Too Slow  —  I am a dedicated Chrome user.  I actually even subscribe to the alpha channel, giving me the flakiest and most advanced version to be had.  I love it.  Chrome is light, fast, and very well designed.  But as a daily user, I lose sight of the fact, that most people do not use Chrome.
Thanks:alex
store.steampowered.com:
Steamworks Makes DRM Obsolete  —  Suite of Services Expands With Customer Executable Generation (CEG), Support for DLC, Matchmaking, and More  —  Valve today announced a new set of advanced features delivered in Steamworks, a complete suite of publishing and development tools that are available free …
Discussion: Kotaku and Hardware 2.0
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9630 Review: Part 1  —  We've been playing with it non-stop all weekend.  We've tastelessly shown it off with a dash of hood on video.  But the review is now finally ready.  We decided to split this into two parts, one now and one right before launch.
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Why Recession Is Causing Enterprises to Rethink Open-Source Strategy  —  Budget limitations and continued improvement in software and associated services are making open-source software alternatives such as MySQL, SUSE Linux, OpenOffice.org and plenty of others look mighty good to IT managers and CFOs.
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
IE8 best at blocking malware sites, says study
Discussion: threatpost
Brad Stone / Bits:
Facebook Gets New Public Policy Chief
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
How Vulnerable is U.S. Infrastructure to a Major Cyber Attack?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo5 Founder: Skype-for-SIP Is Vaporware
Discussion: Michael's Minute and VoIP & Gadgets Blog, Thanks:omfut
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
PHOTOS: Samsung N310 laptop
Discussion: Liliputing
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Gets A Conference
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Do TV Buyers Dream of Electric Sheep?
Discussion: PSFK and Laughing Squid, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple announces Cross Border ordering to 20 countries
Discussion: Ars Technica and Macsimum News
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Acer F1 may come in September powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon CPU
Mark Ghuneim / MediaPost:
Twitter: How Small Interface Changes Are A Big Win For Everyone
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Tweaks Its Title Tags For Better Google Juice
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, CNET News and bub.blicio.us, Thanks:atul
 

 
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