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3:20 PM ET, March 25, 2009

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple close to unveiling guarded Snow Leopard UI overhaul  —  While developers have been privy to pre-releases of Apple's Snow Leopard operating system for quite some time, those distributions have been stripped of several features including a major UI overhaul that the company is now preparing …
Discussion: Edible Apple
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 …
Luca Zanolin / Google Mobile Blog:
Look Ma, No Hands - Google Mobile App for Blackberry now with Search by voice and My Location  —  Remember the last time you tried to search for “Marks & Spencers London SW1W” on your Blackberry and ended up with 10 extra characters in the spelling of “Spencers” before you gave up on the “London” bit?
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
AT&T first to test RIAA antipiracy plan  —  Update: Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. PDT: To include quotes from AT&T and information about Comcast and Cox.  —  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.
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.
Discussion: NEWS.com.au and iTnews Australia
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: Start@Spark, VatorNews and Xconomy, Thanks:atul
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
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Blockbuster partners with TiVo, says Apple products in sight  —  In the latest move to rejuvenate its weathered brand, Blockbuster plans to make its premium digital movie catalog available to TiVo subscribers before ultimately extending the service to devices made by Apple and other hardware vendors.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
EMI Drops Lawsuit Against Project Playlist, Licenses Catalog Instead  —  Music search and streaming service Project Playlist may finally be turning the tide in its ongoing battle with the music industry.  EMI Music, one of the three major labels which was suing Project Playlist for copyright infringement …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Win for Project Playlist: EMI Drops Suit, Signs On
Discussion: GigaOM and CNET News
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.
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 …
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.
CBC News:
Criminals love the BlackBerry's wiretap-proof ways: police  —  MP wants wireless devices to be intercept-ready  —  Wireless messages sent on a BlackBerry are so hard to intercept that the smartphones have become the device of choice for both criminals and law enforcement, police say.
InfoWorld:
Red Hat CEO questions desktop's relevance in Linux debate  —  Linux has achieved success on servers, but can it make a go of it on the desktop?  Panelists at a technical conference Tuesday evening debated the question, with a Red Hat official wondering whether the issue is even relevant anymore.
Discussion: TechSpot and OSNews
Aaron Wall / Learn. Rank. Dominate.:
Danny Sullivan Highlights Google's 2 Tier Justice System (it is only ‘spam’ if you are poor!)  —  Danny highlighted how many aggregators of aggregators and content cesspools are bogusly clogging up Google's search results with sites that would be viewed as spam if the owner was not socially well connected:
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:atul
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 …
The White House:
Open for Questions: President Obama to Answer Your Questions on Thursday  —  Today, the President invited everyone to use a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov called “Open for Questions” to ask a question about the economy and rate other questions up or down.  Then, on Thursday morning …
Erik Sherman / BNET Technology:
Tech Layoffs on Big Q1 Upswing, Far Outpacing Average  —  When outsourcing consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas released its figures on job cuts in January and February, the numbers were depressing, with the two months figure almost double the same period in 2008 and close to the number …
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
GDC: EA Mobile reveals 2009 iPhone game lineup  —  EA Mobile on Tuesday discussed their 2009 plans for the iPhone and iPod touch platform.  The company plans to offer games based on well-known properties in the EA library for PC and consoles.  —  Many of the titles have been previously announced …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Spare Change On Track To Process $30 Million In Micropayments On Social Apps This Year  —  While advertising revenues have been disappointingly low for most applications on Facebook and other social networks, another option app developers are increasingly turning towards is micropayments for virtual goods or premium features.
Discussion: The Mind of Alex
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Lancing the f***ing boil”: how digital killed Big Music  —  Steve Knopper takes a close look at the music business in his new book, Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age.  Ars digs into the book, which argues that the major labels' collapse wasn't caused (mostly) by P2P.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
OnLive video games on demand service shakes loose a competitor  —  OnLive's announcement of a ground-breaking video on demand service has become the buzz of the game industry this week at GamesBeat 09 and at the Game Developers Conference.  —  But it has also shaken loose a competitor.
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Set to Cut More U.S. Jobs  —  International Business Machines Corp. is expected to inform a large number of U.S. employees in its global-business services unit that their jobs are being eliminated, with the work of many of them being transferred to IBM employees in India, according to people familiar with the situation.
Discussion: CNET News, Digital Daily and Earth2Tech
Staska / Unwired View:
Orange Android blitz: Sony Ericsson, Motorola Android phones, HTC Hero, Cupcake updates and more  —  While vendor enthusiasm (at least verbal) for Android platform is very high, it's adoption from mobile operators has yet to be confirmed.  —  Yes, many of them already launched HTC G1/Dream …
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Microsoft: SMBs Moving to Virtualization, SaaS in 2009  —  Microsoft's global survey of small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) find security, virtualization and IT consolidation are among the top priorities for midmarket companies in 2009.  —  A study of the business challenges …
Discussion: Softpedia News
 
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
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David English / PC Magazine:
Wacom Intuos4  —  RATINGS  —  Pen tablets aren't just for commercial artists anymore.
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Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Life After Google  —  Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists …
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Ubuntu promises DIY Amazon cloud
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Mary Branscombe / TechRadar.com:
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