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9:45 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 …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
OS X Snow Leopard about to don a fresh coat of “marble”?
Discussion: TUAW
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Confirms Paid Pro Accounts On The Way  —  More revenue for Twitter on the way: The company confirms — for the first time we've seen, at least — age-old theories that they'll sell commercial accounts to power users or companies using Twitter.  —  In exchange for a fee, companies could get …
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Engineering Windows 7:
Touching Windows 7  —  We've come a long way in engineering Windows 7 since we first provided an engineering preview of Windows 7 and the work we are doing to support the touch interface paradigm back at the D: All Things Digital conference.  We chose to kick-off the discussion …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Top Google execs: $1 salary, no bonus, no options  —  Wall Street executives feeling harassed by taxpayers outraged at their pay might take note of how Google's ruling triumvirate fared in 2008: $1 in salary each, no bonus, no stock grants, and no stock options.
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Suggested Users  —  About a month or so ago we noticed a certain percentage of new users were signing up and then not following anyone.  When you don't follow any other accounts on Twitter the product is not as relevant as it could be.  To improve the user experience, we started suggesting some accounts to follow.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Apple:
About the MacBook Pro Graphics Firmware Update 1.0  —  You should download and install the MacBook Pro Graphics Firmware Update 1.0 on your MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009) computer.  The update addresses the possibility of vertical lines or distorted graphics on the display.  —  Products Affected
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple posts graphics update for new MacBook Pro
Discussion: AppleInsider
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?
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 …
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Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Pay By Cellphone? Sounds Great. So Why Don't We Do It?
Discussion: InformationWeek
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Comcast, Cox join RIAA antipiracy campaign  —  The Internet service providers that have agreed to work with the recording industry to battle illegal file sharing are starting to come forward.  —  Joe Waz, a senior vice president at Comcast, the nation's second largest ISP …
Discussion: Electronista
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
AT&T first to test RIAA antipiracy plan
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Nintendo Wii console sales pass 50m  —  Nintendo's Wii, clear leader in the next-generation console race, has just passed another major milestone.  —  Satoru Iwata, Nintendo president, told the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today that global shipments had now passed 50m …
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William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Set to Cut 5,000 Jobs  —  International Business Machines Corp. plans to lay off about 5,000 U.S. employees, with many of the jobs being transferred to India, according to people familiar with the situation.  —  The technology giant has been steadily building its work force in India …
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FTC: We'll “come calling” about deceptive DRM  —  The Federal Trade Commission held its long-awaited Seattle conference on DRM.  As expected, agreement was hard to come by, but the agency made clear that it has had enough of hidden DRM schemes and companies that pull the plug on authentication servers …
Discussion: Pulse2, TechSpot and TeleRead
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Intel CEO says Sun was shopped around  —  During an employee Webcast earlier this week to discuss Intel's stock options program, the chip giant's CEO, Paul Otellini, shed a little background on Sun Microsystems' pursuit to find a buyer.  —  When queried by an employee about his thoughts regarding …
Discussion: Digits, Bits and OSNews
Alex Kochis / Windows Genuine Advantage:
Update to WGA Notifications for Windows XP Pro  —  Starting this week, we will begin deployment of the latest version of WGA Notifications for Windows XP.  In addition to the usual updates to validation that improve WGA's ability to detect the latest stolen or fake product keys and other attempts …
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Palm Pre: Out of Sight, Not Mind  —  Is there still enthusiasm for the forthcoming Palm Pre, facing a growing field of rival smartphones and stingy consumer budgets?  Yes, according to a new analysis by Web measurement service Compete.  —  Despite the weak economy, little advertising …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Copycats causing problems for iPhone app developers (Updated)  —  iPhone app developers are beginning to complain about other, less ethical individuals copying apps and selling them via the App Store.  The affected developers believe Apple should help combat this problem, but so far, the company has reportedly been unresponsive.
Discussion: iLounge and The Apple Core
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
What Do Your Minutes Cost?  You Can't Tell by the Cellphone Bill  —  There's a good reason many people don't bother to closely read their cellphone bills.  They're a mess.  —  Even if you have a so-called bucket plan that's meant to simplify things — 450 minutes for $40, say …
Discussion: deal architect
Dan Grabham / TechRadar.com:
Samsung netbooks could offer full Windows 7  —  No crippled Starter Edition, if royalty fees allow, says Samsung exec  —  Towards the end of our day at Samsung's European Forum in Vienna, we were ushered into a small room to interview Samsung's Head of Worldwide Sales and Marketing (Computing Division), Kyu Uhm.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
How Google Routes Around Outages  —  Making changes to Google's search infrastructure is akin to “changing the tires on a car while you're going at 60 down the freeway,” according Urs Holzle, who oversees the company's massive data center operations.  Google updates its software and systems …
Discussion: WinBeta
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine gets a new data center  —  It's housed in a 20-foot-long metal shipping container  —  Computerworld) The Internet Archive today announced that it has a new computer behind it its library of 151 billion archived Web pages.
Discussion: The Register
Alan Dang / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Behind Pwn2Own: Exclusive Interview With Charlie Miller  —  Source: Tom's Hardware US - Keywords: pwn2own, mac, hack  —  Syndication:  —  Table of Contents:  —  1 - Introduction  —  Introduction … Alan: Thanks for agreeing to chat with us today.  Let's start with the basics.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Justin.TV Is Bigger Than Hulu . . . Overseas  —  Live video on the Web is starting to take off, judging by the massive jump in traffic that Justin.tv is witnessing.  According to comScore, the live video site's global audience saw a massive jump from 9.3 million unique visitors in January …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Number of US Facebook Users Over 35 Nearly Doubles in Last 60 Days  —  Don't look now, but the number of Americans over 35, 45, and 55 on Facebook is growing fast.  In the last 60 days alone, the number of people over 35 has nearly doubled.  Developers and marketers may want to think about how to serve this group of new users.
Thanks:atul
WMPoweruser.com:
Zune on Windows Mobile  —  Some more news on Zune for Windows Mobile has reached my inbox.  We have recently heard Steve Ballmer talking about spreading the service to other platforms, with Windows Mobile certainly being one candidates.  —  The bad news is that Windows Mobile 6.5 will not in fact be getting the Zune service.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
T-Mobile Releases My Account To Android Market  —  How cool would it be to access all your T-Mobile account information directly from your Android phone?  No longer would you have to call customer service or wait in line at the store.  Would a mobile carrier actually allow you to view …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Atlanta Gets Its Own Y Combinator In Shotput Ventures  —  Silicon Valley has Y Combinator.  Boulder, Colorado (and now Boston) has TechStars.  Boston also as of today has Start@Spark.  Washington, D.C. has LaunchBox Digital.  Philadelphia has DreamIT Ventures.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:atul
 
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CBC News:
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Discussion: The Register