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9:20 AM ET, March 31, 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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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Twitter Finally Attempts to Filter Tweets
Discussion: The Next Web
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Launches A New, Dynamic Homepage
Discussion: Tech Central and eWeek
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Developer enthusiasm for iPad slackens as Android surges  —  Android's the platform to watch, says survey  —  Computerworld - Developer enthusiasm for Apple's iPad has cooled somewhat because the tablet lacks multitasking and a camera, a company that makes cross-platform development tools said today.
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
iPad attracts developers to App Store, distracts from rival markets  —  The launch of the iPad is helping Apple's iTunes App Store to retain developers' interest while preventing them from exploring alternative marketplaces for mobile software.  —  A report by the Wall Street Journal cited …
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Asus: iPad Rivals On The Way  —  Netbook maker will roll out several tablet PCs in the coming months.  —  With just a few days remaining before Apple's first tablet computer hits stores, iPad hype is at a fever pitch.  But on a recent visit to the U.S. Jonney Shih, chairman of Apple competitor Asus, was his usual tranquil self.
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 …
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Paul Betlem / Adobe Flash Player Team Blog:
Improved Flash Player Support in Chrome
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Unvarnished: A Clean, Well-Lighted Place For Defamation  —  Imagine every positive and ugly opinion about you— from your mother to that awkward co-worker you rejected at the company Christmas party— centrally located on one online profile.  Sound scary?  It is.  —  Today, Unvarnished makes its beta debut.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Unvarnished: Is Pete Kazanjy an Evil Genius?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple tweaked iPhones to lessen strain on AT&T network - report  —  A new report profiling the troubles AT&T has faced with millions of bandwidth hungry iPhone users revealed Tuesday that Apple has modified its handset to make it less taxing on its wireless partner's network.
Keir Whitaker / Carsonified:
Fred Wilson's 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps  —  In February 2010 Fred Wilson, a New York based tech investor, spoke at the annual Future of Web Apps Miami conference.  His talk, clocking in at just under 30 minutes, looks at his top 10 principles for creating a successful web app.
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.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Extortion-Like Mass Automated Copyright Lawsuits Come To The US …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Becomes an App Platform: Google Adds OAuth to IMAP  —  You may or may not be excited by the acronyms OAuth and IMAP/SMTP, but the combination of them all together is very exciting news.  Google Code Labs announced this afternoon that it has just enabled 3rd party developers to securely access …
Bloomberg:
China Spat Is Least of Google's 2010 Woes as Microsoft-Like Slowdown Looms  —  Google Inc.'s feud with the Chinese government may be the smallest of its challenges as the search leader contends with slowing growth, regulatory scrutiny and a shift in ad spending.
Discussion: Go Rumors
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.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Isohunt Ordered to Remove Infringing Content  —  A U.S. judge is ordering Isohunt, one of the world's leading BitTorrent search engines, to remove all infringing content.  Isohunt's operator said Tuesday that the decision would likely shutter the site, which has 30 million unique monthly visitors.
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Mashable!
Brian Lam / 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.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
UW researchers look to reinvent the graphical user interface  —  Beneath the hood, there are countless methods by which computer programs display information on our monitors.  The inner workings of computer applications consist of long, complex lines of code - and most source code is proprietary.
Vincent Chu / Posterous:
Posterous makes it dead simple to register a domain for your personal site  —  One of the easiest ways to establish your own personalized identity is to have your own web address.  In the past, it was really annoying —  you had to go to a registrar, buy the domain, edit the DNS records, add an A-record, yaddah yaddah yaddah.
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
Facebook Revealed Private Email Addresses Last Night  —  A brief rift in the Facebook privacy shield has been healed, but not before dozens of people documented it.  For about 30 minutes late Tuesday, private email addresses were revealed—and then, just as suddenly, they were hidden again.
Robin Rhys / App Advice:
iPad Exclusive: Unofficial Flickr App Approved  —  The first unofficial flickr app, flickr Photos, has been approved and will be available for download on day one of the iPad App Store.  Even though this is not an official app by Yahoo, nor do they endorse it, it still looks like a good substitute …
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:
Nadia Majid / VentureBeat:
Yelp CEO teams up with event site Eventbrite as investor, strategic advisor  —  Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder and CEO of business-recommendation site Yelp, has joined the board of advisors for event-management site Eventbrite.  He has also invested an unspecified amount in the company, according to a press release from Eventbrite.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
iPad applications will cost more  —  Applications for the iPad will generally cost more than ones for the iPhone or iPod touch developers have said.  —  They blame the extra work involved in designing for the iPad and the risk factor of not yet knowing how many customers will buy the device.
Discussion: Engadget and Crave
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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Are location geeks at Where 2.0 off the path to real money?  —  Walking around the hallways at the Where 2.0 Conference today I met tons of developers doing some very interesting things with location, but they seem to be stuck in a mode where they think where you are right now is all that matters.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar, Thanks:scobleizer
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
doubleTwist Gives Android Market The Slick, iTunes-Like Interface It Deserves (With One Catch)  —  Android Market is finally getting a robust desktop presence.  But we don't have to Google to thank for it — it's coming from doubleTwist, the syncing software that allows you to sync your media …
Discussion: Lifehacker
 
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Mobile Data Traffic Expected To Rise 40-Fold Over Next Five Years
David Tidmarsh / Yale Daily News:
ITS delays switch to Gmail
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
More pics and video of possible next-gen iPhone display leaked
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Steven Sande / TUAW:
And so it begins... Seton Hill University to give all students an iPad
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