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9:30 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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Launches A New, Dynamic Homepage
Discussion: Mashable!
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Twitter Finally Attempts to Filter Tweets
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
Anita Chang / Associated Press:
Journalists in China say Yahoo accounts hacked  —  All four affected are professionally focused on China and related issues  —  BEIJING - Yahoo e-mail accounts belonging to foreign journalists appeared to have been hacked and Google's Chinese search engine was intermittently blocked Tuesday …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Blames Disruption of Search Results on Chinese Firewall
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:
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Data Traffic Expected To Rise 40-Fold Over Next Five Years
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.
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.
Discussion: Podcasting News and Electronista
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 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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   After Campus Freakout, Yale Delays Switch To Google Apps (GOOG)
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 …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Did Apple Sucker Us With iPad Rush Shipping?  —  If you ordered your iPad by March 27th with expedited shipping, you should receive your iPad by April 3rd.  If you ordered your iPad by March 27th with normal shipping, you should receive your iPad by April 3rd.  Wait, what??  I know I'm not the only one.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
EBay renames Kijiji, Pushes Mobile Selling  —  On Tuesday, eBay announced two more efforts to refresh the reputation of its giant online marketplace, renaming its classifieds business and releasing new mobile apps to encourage people to find and sell things on the go.
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 …
Discussion: IntoMobile and AppleInsider
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.
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
SAP's ‘virtual War Room’ Tool Gets a Name: StreamWork  —  A Google Wave-like enterprise collaboration tool developed by SAP became generally available Tuesday and also gained an official name: StreamWork.  —  StreamWork has been described as a “virtual war room” for solving business problems in real time.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Burstly lets developers manage their ads, even on the iPad (video)  —  As big players like Google and Apple move more seriously into mobile advertising, a startup previously called AppAds is hoping to make room for itself among the giants.  It's relaunching today as Burstly …
Intel intros eight-core Xeon 7500 for servers  —  Intel this afternoon sought to cement its grip on the very high end of computers with its first eight-core processor, the Xeon 7500.  The two extra cores give it even more performance in highly parallel situations — up to 16 program threads …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
SimpleGeo introduces location-platform as foundation for new mobile services
Discussion: TechCrunch, Bits, Mashable! and Webmonkey
Enrique Andres Pretel / Reuters:
Twitter's heady rise has Venezuela's Hugo Chavez in spin
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Solaris 10 no longer free as in beer, now a 90-day trial
Chris Crum / WebProNews:
Google Gives AdWords for Mobile Interface to Advertisers
HTC to ship 4.5 million handsets in 2Q10, says paper
Discussion: Maximum PC and Phone Arena
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Dow Jones Says No iPads Allowed Until We Test Them
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Gmail Overlord Always Deletes His Email
Paul Lilly / Maximum PC:
Western Digital Announces 750GB Scorpio, Ties for Highest Capacity …
Discussion:, Digital Trends and SlashGear
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
The Wisdom of Woz  —  Steve Wozniak stopped working at Apple …
Discussion: eWeek,, I4U News and TUAW