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6:45 AM ET, March 21, 2009

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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Google's Data Fetish Drives Away Its Top Designer  —  As we reported last week, Doug Bowman, Google's top designer, has confirmed that he's leaving (we hear to Twitter).  Bowman's reasons for quitting are fascinating — and they show why Google's losing its cool.
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Adam Howell:
Google's “designer drain”  —  Doug Bowman left Google today for Twitter.  Kevin Fox, the talented fellow behind Gmail and Google Reader's first redesign, left in the beginning of last year to join FriendFeed.  Jeff Veen, and the rest of the original Measure Map team, left middle of last year to start Small Batch.
Douglas Bowman / Stopdesign:
Goodbye Google  —  Today is my last day at Google.  I started working in-house at Google almost three years ago.  I built a team from scratch.  I was fortunate to hire a team of a very talented designers.  We introduced Visual Design as a discipline to Google.  And we produced amazing work together.
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Even Facebook Employees Hate the Redesign  —  The feedback on Facebook's new look, which emphasizes a stream of Twitter-like status updates, is almost universally, howlingly negative.  Why isn't CEO Mark Zuckerberg listening to users?  Because he doesn't have to, he's told employees.
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VentureBeat:
Facebook's redesign: Good concept, but not there yet  —  Has Facebook just destroyed its usefulness?  Is the design, introduced a week ago, killing the site's ability to help you share information with your real-life friends?  That's what a vocal and perhaps large group of people think.
PC World:
Firefox May Already Be Dead  —  This is an exciting time for Web browsers.  Google Chrome is now available in alpha for Linux, and I downloaded it for Ubuntu.  Despite the fact that I was running it on my rather underpowered Dell Mini 9, it started in the blink of an eye.
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Craigslist Top Search Term Last Week  —  For the first time in three years, searches for ‘craigslist’ surpassed ‘myspace,’ highlighting the increasing popularity of online classifieds during the economic downturn.U.S. searches on the term “craigslist” have increased 105 percent for the week ending March 14 …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Apple Leaks Announcement of 17-inch iMac at $899  —  Apple's own education site seems to have leaked news of a “new” 17-inch iMac, coming in at $899.  Apple's official store still only has 20s and 24s.  [Setteb.it via Apple Lounge]
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Next-Gen iPhone Rumor: Faster Internet Speeds  —  Most of the rumors we've seen about Apple's (AAPL) next-generation iPhone are around increased processing and graphics power.  But will the next iPhone also come with faster Internet access?  —  That's some scuttlebutt we've heard from a plugged-in source in the mobile industry.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's 2009 iPhone to support faster 3G networks - report
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Electronista:
Next iPhone to carry faster 3G?
Discussion: I4U News
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Source: Apple's next-gen iPhone has video camera  —  Apple this year will finally introduce video recording capabilities on at least one of its upcoming iPhone models, AppleInsider has been told.  —  An iPhone with a video cam  —  Details are few and far between, but the information comes …
Rebecca Buckman / Forbes:
Shake-Up At Sequoia  —  The VC firm has lost some key managers, raising questions about its expansion plans.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif.—Venture-capital star Sequoia Capital, the backer of companies like Google and Cisco, last year laid the groundwork for a big expansion.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Markcuban / blog maverick:
Why Do Internet People Think Content People Are Stupid ?  —  I was reading an article where the Boxee CEO said content would eventually be al a Carte.  Why does he, like so many other internet people think content producers are stupid ?  Has he, along with so many others pushing internet video …
Discussion: Contentinople
Electronista:
Internet Explorer 8 launch fails to dent Firefox  —  The release of Internet Explorer 8 hasn't had any significant impact on Firefox or any other competing browser, data collected by StatsCounter shows.  While the final release of IE8 increased its market share slightly on launch day to 1.39 percent …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Bug Reveals Private Photos, Wall Posts  —  Earlier this evening we came across a privacy flaw on Facebook that allowed users to gain access to portions of their friends' profiles that they should not have been able to see.  We contacted Facebook about the issue over an hour ago …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Report: IBM combs through Sun contracts  —  IBM is reportedly wading through Sun Microsystems' contracts and documents for potential conflicts or problems, as it works its way through the due diligence process toward a merger, according to a report Friday in The Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Reuters
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Reuters:
IBM, Sun talks seen continuing to next week: sources
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Almost Ready To Launch, But It Is A Bad Idea  —  Yes, the rumors are true.  Google's Rich Miner is moving from the Android team to a new venture arm called Google Ventures.  Miner recently appeared at a conference identified with a Google Ventures name tag …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Reuters, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Steve Smith / MediaPost:
Google Watches Its Language  —  Last week I dipped my toe into the emerging world of consumer opt-in/opt-out through BlueKai's very attractive consumer-facing interface.  BlueKai is trying not only to simplify the process of managing one's online behavioral profile, but to incentivize consumers to opt-in.
Thanks:atul
Robert McMillan / ITworld.com:
Report links Russian intelligence to cyber attacks  —  I like it!  —  A follow-up report authored by a group of cyber-security experts claims that Russian intelligence agencies were probably involved in the 2008 cyber attacks on Georgia.  —  The report, released Friday, concludes that there is a …
Discussion: Slashdot
Macworld:
Apple, AT&T sued for slow 3G speeds  — Apple and AT&T are being sued again for over-promising and under-delivering on their claims of fast Internet access of the iPhone 3G.  —  Filed in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Damone Dickerson claims that Apple misrepresented the speed …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Kaminsky: MS security assessment tool is a ‘game changer’  —  Crash, bang, analyze  —  Free whitepaper - Lower security risks and costs by minimizing the time to protection  —  CanSecWest Microsoft on Friday released an open-source program designed to streamline the labor-intensive process …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Quietube makes YouTube watching distraction-free  —  Quietube is a new tool to enhance the YouTube watching experience.  The idea is that you can watch just the video with none of the other YouTube page elements.  To do this you simply add its bookmarklet to your browser's bookmarks toolbar, and click it on any YouTube page.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Chrome only browser left standing after day one of Pwn2Own  —  During a contest at the CanSecWest event, security researchers competed to exploit vulnerabilities in web browsers.  Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer were all successfully compromised, but Chrome was able to withstand the first day of the competition.
 
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John Gaudiosi / VentureBeat:
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Guest Post: Can Digg Keep Up With Facebook's Growth?  So Far It Surprisingly Has
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Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Semantic search engine Evri cuts staff by 25 percent
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Is ABC's Jake Tapper blocking journalists who criticize his Twitter updates?
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 Earlier Items: 
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Hackers Target Basketball Fans With March Madness Malware
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
As Clouds Reach the Enterprise, Opportunities Are Clear
Discussion: Business Week
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC given 27% increase in web budget
Discussion: paidContent and NewTeeVee
Google Mobile Blog:
New YouTube App for Windows Mobile and Nokia S60 phones