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5:45 PM ET, March 30, 2010

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Doug Bowman / Twitter Blog:
Tweaking the Twitter homepage  —  Twitter's homepage is a work-in-progress.  Today, we're testing a new design that bubbles up more of the information flowing through Twitter.  This builds on a series of changes starting last year when we redesigned the homepage to make search and trending topics …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Launches A New, Dynamic Homepage  —  Twitter has just rolled out a new homepage that's a marked improvement over the current offering, and does a much better job at capturing what the service is all about.  The new site features a 'See who's here' section that introduces new Twitter users …
Discussion: The Next Web, Mashable! and Switched
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon begins Android 2.1 update rollout for Motorola Droid  —  Flippin' finally, right?  Verizon Wireless put the long-awaited Android 2.1 update on hold for its cadre of Motorola Droid owners earlier in the month, with an all-too-vague “TBD” as the only detail as to when we could look for it to actually, really land.
Steven Sande / TUAW:
And so it begins... Seton Hill University to give all students an iPad  —  We were talking about this the other day in the virtual “back room” at TUAW — when would the first university announce that they were going to give every one of their students an iPad?  —  It didn't take too long.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Godfather of iPod Severs Final Ties With Apple  —  An era is formally ending at Apple.  Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod and iPhone, is breaking off his nine-year affiliation with Steve Jobs & Co.  —  Mr. Fadell's exit from Apple, which he planned to announce online Monday night, has been gradual.
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
Chinese censors disable Google searches  —  Chinese censors have disabled all Google searches on the mainland, blocking the US company's Hong Kong servers from delivering results.  —  In almost every major Chinese city, users reported that trying to access Google searches returned an error page.
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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Blames Disruption of Search Results on Chinese Firewall
Discussion: The Firewall and Reuters
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
What's Next for SlingPlayer Mobile? (iPad!)  —  I recently checked in with my former Sling peeps, regarding mobile clients.  Specifically, codecs and resolution.  As we know, a Slingbox Android client is on tap this summer.  And I wondered if they're sticking with WMV video streaming or moving to H.264 for this platform.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
iTunes 9.1 now available, brings iPad syncing and iBook support  —  Hot on the heels of a ginormous OS X update comes this, the freshest version of the music management software that everyone loves to hate. iTunes 9.1 is live and available to download, bringing with it support for iPad syncing …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Flash Player To Come Bundled With Google Chrome, New Browser Plugin API Coming  —  The rumors were true: Adobe and Google are tightening their partnership, seemingly both warily eying Apple in the process - and Mozilla plays a role in this story as well.  —  Concretely, Adobe has announced …
David Tidmarsh / Yale Daily News:
ITS delays switch to Gmail  —  The changeover to Google as Yale's e-mail provider has been put on hold.  —  Information Technology Services has decided to postpone the University's move from the Horde Webmail service to Google Apps for Education, a suite of communication and collaboration tools …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   After Campus Freakout, Yale Delays Switch To Google Apps (GOOG)
Wall Street Journal:
Unleashing American Broadband  —  Google and Verizon support a policy of minimal government involvement.  —  Innovation in technology and business is one of America's major comparative advantages in the global information economy.  That's why the Federal Communication Commission's recently …
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Reuters:
Want to see the iPad?  So do Apple store employees  —  (Reuters) - As Apple Inc gears up for the crush of customers expected for Saturday's iPad launch, employees who staff its retail stores are just as curious about the tablet as the fans who will line up outside.
Discussion: TechFlash, MacRumors and Bloomberg
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
The Wisdom of Woz  —  Steve Wozniak stopped working at Apple in the late 1980s, but he's never stopped being a fan.  Daniel Lyons caught up with Woz as he was driving through a snowstorm in Green River, Wyo., on his way to judge a high-school robotics competition.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Elan Sues to Ban Apple Multitouch Products in U.S. — Even the iPad  —  Elan Microelectronics filed suit against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission today, alleging that certain Apple products violate a multitouch patent previously awarded to the Taiwanese company.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
NEW LITIGATION CAMPAIGN QUIETLY TARGETS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MOVIE DOWNLOADERS  —  EXCLUSIVE: In what may be a sign of things to come, more than 20,000 individual movie torrent downloaders have been sued in the past few weeks in Washington D.C. federal court for copyright infringement.
Discussion: Slyck, DSLreports and Techdirt
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Gmail Overlord Always Deletes His Email  —  Eric Schmidt's email habits are bizarre, considering his job: The CEO of Google and ultimate overlord of email-hoarding service Gmail deletes every email he receives, unless he's specifically asked to do otherwise.  And that's not his only strange habit.
Groklaw:
Novell Wins Again - Jury Rules Copyrights Didn't Go to SCO!  —  It's over.  The jury has found that the copyrights did not go to SCO under the APA or anything else.  The verdict is in.  Novell has the news up on their website already, but I heard it from Chris Brown also.
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
More pics and video of possible next-gen iPhone display leaked  —  Back in February, we showed you some leaked pics from iResQ that were supposedly pictures of the next-gen iPhone's front face.  Now, SmartPhone Medic, another iPhone repair outfit, has released pictures and video of what appears …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
‘70% Chance’ Apple Builds Its Own Search Engine In The Next Five Years: Munster (AAPL, GOOG)  —  Top Apple analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray is the latest to build on the notion that Apple will build its own search engine in a note on Apple's battle with Google.  —  Gene writes:
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
EBay Introduces a New Classifieds Site and More Mobile Apps  —  On Tuesday, eBay plans to unveil a new classifieds site, called eBayClassifieds, to replace its old site, Kijiji, in the United States.  It will also introduce two new mobile apps, one for listing and selling items for sale and another for posting or searching classifieds.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
MapQuest Brings Free Voice Navigation to the iPhone  —  It's quite inevitable, really: After Google announced free turn-by-turn GPS navigation for Android devices — followed by Nokia's decision to offer the same on its smartphones — the price of full-featured GPS navigation apps on other platforms is hurtling toward zero.
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
The iTunes App Store Comes to Facebook  —  Interacting with the iTunes App Store just got easier, thanks to the new App Store Facebook page.  —  Developed and powered by Vitrue, the new page puts the App Store inside Facebook — making it easy to search for apps, share them with friends …
Gizmodo:
Joojoo Tablet: These Court Docs Show Only 90 Preorders (With 15 returned)  —  These Paypal documents from the JooJoo/Techcrunch lawsuit show that only 90 preorders for the $500 device, roughly $44k worth, were made.  This is what happens when you launch a tablet the same month as Apple, at the same price.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Dow Jones Says No iPads Allowed Until We Test Them  —  While Dow Jones, our little corner of News Corp. (NWS), might not be the biggest potential market for the Apple (AAPL) iPad, the way the device is being treated by the company's IT department sheds some light on an issue …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Data Traffic Expected To Rise 40-Fold Over Next Five Years  —  As smartphones like the iPhone and Android take over the mobile Web, the amount of data traffic going over cellular networks is expected to grow 40-fold over the next five years.  UK firm Coda Research Consultancy forecasts …
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Chris Crum / WebProNews:
Google Gives AdWords for Mobile Interface to Advertisers
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Paul Lilly / Maximum PC:
Western Digital Announces 750GB Scorpio, Ties for Highest Capacity …
Discussion: wdc.com, Digital Trends and SlashGear
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Medialets Rolls Out Universal SDK For iPhone And iPad Ads
Discussion: Medialets and www.pocketgamer.biz
Om Malik / GigaOM:
iPad or Not, Amazon Will Still Make a $1 Billion From e-Books
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How Google plays the angles in Washington
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Erez Zukerman / Download Squad:
Sony BMG takes Beyonce's official YouTube channel down for “copyright infringement”
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Melanie D.G. Kaplan / Between the Lines:
TiVo Premiere hits shelves, making couch potatodom even more appealing
Damaster / LiveSide.net:
Windows Live Hotmail Wave 4 to get Office Web Apps integration
Discussion: The Windows Blog
Markus Goebel / TechCrunch Europe:
Europe's biggest publisher embraces the WePad
Discussion: Gearlog and I4U News
Marc Benioff / TechCrunch:
Hello, iPad. Hello, Cloud 2.
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and deal architect
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