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10:55 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 …
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Nokia sends $70m mobile payment to Obopay  —  There are signs the mobile payments market is really taking off at last with Nokia announcing a substantial investment in service provider Obopay today.  —  The amount, understood to be in the region of $70m, is being put in by Nokia itself rather …
Wikileaks:
Police raid home of Wikileaks.de domain owner over censorship lists  —  Shortly after 9pm on Tuesday the 24th of March 2009, seven police officers in Dresden and four in Jena searched the homes of Theodor Reppe, who holds the domain registration for “wikileaks.de”, the German name for wikileaks.org.
David Lieberman / USA Today:
Blockbuster unveils on-demand 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.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
AT&T first to test RIAA antipiracy plan  —  AT&T, one of the nation's largest Internet service providers, confirmed on Tuesday the company is working with the recording industry to combat illegal file sharing.  —  At a digital music conference in Nashville, Jim Cicconi …
Discussion: DSLreports and Slashdot
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   There May Be Hope For The Recording Industry, Yet
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Spark Capital To Offer Seed Funding For Digital-Media Companies  —  VC fund Spark Capital today announced a new program called Start@Spark that will provide entrepreneurs with up to $250,000 in seed financing to get their companies through the development stage.
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Boston Venture Firm Seeks Entrepreneurial Spark
Discussion: Xconomy and bijan sabet, Thanks:atul
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Pixazza “Product in the Picture” Service: AdSense for Images  —  Pixazza is looking to turn Web photos into money.  It might just work.  —  The startup, staffed by Netscape veterans with a $5.75 million  —  Series A venture capital round, on Wednesday is unveiling a service …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i now official  —  Yep, Canon just went live with that Rebel T1i DSLR that leaked a bit earlier, and it's looking like a hell of a response to the Nikon D90: an XSi body jacked with a sensor matching the 50Ds 15.1 megapixels, 1080p HD video recording, and a $900 price tag.
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APC:
New worm can infect home modem/routers … It is suspected that the botnet originated in Australia, as the first activity from the botnet was detected here.  Australian IT consultant Terry Baume first observed it infecting a Netcomm NB5 modem/router.  You can read his full analysis here.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shuttering Travel Bargains Site FareChase Today  —  Yahoo is cutting more fat today by closing its travel bargains website FareChase, which it originally acquired back in July 2004 and re-launched two years later.  The company will be announcing the shut-down later today …
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Life After Google  —  Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are looking for the next “small hit” in search.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif.—There is life after Google—though the increasing number of search alternatives popping up around the U.S. are careful not to take the search giant head-on.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Sprint Highlights ‘4G’ Launch Plans - Launch will largely mirror Clearwire deployment...  Not too surprisingly, Sprint's 4G phone buildout is largely going to mirror that of their spun-off Clearwire mobile WiMax venture, according to a press release issued by the company this morning.
Discussion: Electronista
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.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
There's Twitter the company, and twitter the medium  —  Leo Laporte at the controls during a recent episode of This Week in Tech (TWiT).  In the background is Digg founder Kevin Rose.  Credit: insidetwit / Flickr  —  Last year, Leo Laporte became a Twitter quitter.
Mary Branscombe / TechRadar.com:
Windows 7 interfaces you nearly had  —  From the lava lamp and Aladdin to the Bat Signal and the nub  —  Back in 2007 the Windows team started working on the look of Windows 7.  —  Usually Microsoft doesn't reveal any of the preliminary designs for its operating systems …
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Guy Kawasaki Can Handle Being Called a Spammer  —  To kick off his keynote speech at SES, a marketing conference in New York, Guy Kawasaki asked how many people in the audience were on Twitter at that moment.  Hands shot up across the packed ballroom.  —  Thomas Hawk/Flickr  —  Guy Kawasaki
Discussion: AuctionBytes Blog and Search Engine Watch, Thanks:atul
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
In Google We Trust  —  This is a guest post from Fixer Dave, a Google user who's disappointed about the latest developments in the Google land.  —  I chuckle when people tell me that they never use online services.  “Read the EULAs” they tell me.  They can do anything they want with your data, don't you know!
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Last.fm Silences Third-Party Mobile Apps  —  Hot off an announcement that they'd be charging for radio access outside the US, UK and Germany, Last.fm has said that all non-official mobile clients will be banned.  This isn't going over well.  —  The change comes with a new developer API …
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Who owns the train times - or the news?  —  Planning for a train journey, I turned to my phone and an incredibly useful application called MyRail Lite.  It is “location-aware” so knows my local station - and can tell me when the next train leaves and whether it is on time.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Firms Seek Profit in Twitter's Chatter  —  In the three years since its launch, the messaging service Twitter has attracted millions of users, but its fast growth hasn't translated into significant revenue.  —  Now, other companies are trying to profit from Twitter's popularity by experimenting …
Discussion: Financial Times, Thanks:atul
C.G. Lynch / CIO.com:
Report: Enterprises Struggle to Adopt Social Networking Internally  —  While the promise of implementing social networking applications for internal collaboration in the enterprise remains appealing, a recent Burton report says many hurdles remain.  The problem might be more cultural than technological.
Discussion: Beyond Search and Feeds, Thanks:sameerpatel
Jason Brooks / eWeek:
Novell Desktop Linux Ready for Enterprise, but Lacks Some Features  —  With its SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11, Novell is backing up its claim that the Linux distribution is ready for businesses to use.  For enterprises looking for a Linux alternative to Microsoft Windows …
Discussion: OSDir.com
David English / PC Magazine:
Wacom Intuos4  —  RATINGS  —  Pen tablets aren't just for commercial artists anymore.  For proof, look no further than the just-released Wacom Intuos4 ($230 and up, street, depending on size), a worthy addition to the toolkits of professionals, casual artists, and photography enthusiasts alike.
Discussion: Engadget
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.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Ubuntu promises DIY Amazon cloud  —  Drop your AMIs like they're hot  —  Free whitepaper - Transforming IT through convergence, alignment and good governance  —  OSBC Next month should see the first steps from the Canonical camp that will let you run an Amazon-style cloud behind the firewall on Ubuntu.
Discussion: Coop's Corner
 
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Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
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