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8:00 AM ET, March 25, 2009

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Christopher Cox / Facebook Blog:
Responding to Your Feedback  —  Since we launched Facebook's home page design, we've received thousands of e-mails, Wall posts and comments from you along with direct feedback from all of our friends and family.  If you've already given us feedback, thank you.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook discusses redesigning its redesign  —  Today, Facebook is responding to criticism about its recent site redesign with some specific descriptions of tweaks to make its latest interface more usable.  While the scale of dissatisfaction hasn't been clear, more than 1 million of its 200 million …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Facebook Preparing To Tweak Site Design
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:atul
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Pixazza “Product in the Picture” Service: AdSense for Images  —  Pixazza is looking to turn Web photos into money.  It might just work.  —  The startup, staffed by Netscape veterans with a $5.75 million  —  Series A venture capital round, on Wednesday is unveiling a service …
Discussion: alarm:clock
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Wikileaks:
Police raid home of Wikileaks.de domain owner over censorship lists  —  Shortly after 9pm on Tuesday the 24th of March 2009, seven police officers in Dresden and four in Jena searched the homes of Theodor Reppe, who holds the domain registration for “wikileaks.de”, the German name for wikileaks.org.
David Lieberman / USA Today:
Blockbuster unveils on-demand deal to transmit movies to TiVo users  —  NEW YORK — Blockbuster's effort to establish itself in the fast-growing Internet video-on-demand business will get a boost today when the No. 1 video rental chain unveils a deal to transmit movies and TV shows to TiVo digital video recorders.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   After its own set top box bombs, Blockbuster partners with TiVo
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Mozilla, graphics group seek to build 3D Web  —  Wish you could play Crysis in your Web browser?  Two influential organizations are banding together to try to bring accelerated 3D graphics to the Web, a move that eventually could improve online games and other Web applications.
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John Dowdell / jd/adobe:
Standards for thee, but not for me  —  Strange news today …
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
There's Twitter the company, and twitter the medium  —  Leo Laporte at the controls during a recent episode of This Week in Tech (TWiT).  In the background is Digg founder Kevin Rose.  Credit: insidetwit / Flickr  —  Last year, Leo Laporte became a Twitter quitter.
Discussion: digg.com
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
In Google We Trust  —  This is a guest post from Fixer Dave, a Google user who's disappointed about the latest developments in the Google land.  —  I chuckle when people tell me that they never use online services.  “Read the EULAs” they tell me.  They can do anything they want with your data, don't you know!
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Email startup Xobni leaves beta, raises $3.2M  —  Xobni is finally launching the “official” version of its plug-in that improves organization in Microsoft's email program Outlook — in other words, it's finally taking off the beta testing label it has been using for the past 10 months.
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Canon Rebel T1i Hands-On: 50D's Sensor, 1080p Vids, $899 (!!)  —  The rumors were true.  Canon has crammed the $1500 50D's sensor and 5D-Mark-II-like 1080p video capture into an $899 entry-level Rebel.  We ran it through its paces for a few hours, and it's awesome.
Discussion: Canon USA, Electronista and Crave
Mary Branscombe / TechRadar.com:
Windows 7 interfaces you nearly had  —  From the lava lamp and Aladdin to the Bat Signal and the nub  —  Back in 2007 the Windows team started working on the look of Windows 7.  —  Usually Microsoft doesn't reveal any of the preliminary designs for its operating systems …
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shuttering Travel Bargains Site FareChase Today  —  Yahoo is cutting more fat today by closing its travel bargains website FareChase, which it originally acquired back in July 2004 and re-launched two years later.  The company will be announcing the shut-down later today …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Ubuntu promises DIY Amazon cloud  —  Drop your AMIs like they're hot  —  Free whitepaper - Transforming IT through convergence, alignment and good governance  —  OSBC Next month should see the first steps from the Canonical camp that will let you run an Amazon-style cloud behind the firewall on Ubuntu.
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Widgets Lend Brains to Boob Tube  —  Your television set may be the most expensive, eye-catching piece of electronic equipment in your home, but compared to a computer with Internet access, it's just a dumb box.  With their low-tech IQs, TVs encourage a lot of family-room multitasking …
Discussion: Technologizer, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
White House Using Google Moderator For Town Hall Meeting.  And AppEngine.  And YouTube.  —  Google is getting some major national exposure for both its AppEngine platform and Google Moderator, a simple tool that helps groups determine which questions should be asked at all hands meetings, conferences, Q&A sessions, etc.
Polly Curtis / Guardian:
Pupils to study Twitter and blogs in primary schools shake-up  —  • New curriculum will give teachers more freedom  —  • Second world war and Victoria not compulsory  —  Children will no longer have to study the Victorians or the second world war under proposals to overhaul …
Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
mp3HD: New lossless MP3 format explained  —  French media behemoth Thomson has announced mp3HD, a new lossless ‘hybrid’ MP3 format, which not only offers the sound detail lost in a normal MP3, but remains compatible with your existing MP3 player or iPod.  —  It's called mp3HD and still uses the traditional .mp3 file extension.
Discussion: Slashdot
WMPoweruser.com:
Is this Windows Mobile 7?  —  A kind tipster send us this screen shots of what purports to be Windows Mobile 7.  The latest inside rumours put the OS as being available to OEM's by the end of 2009 and out on devices by Spring 2010.  —  From what I have heard so far, it sounds worth the wait.
APC:
New worm can infect home modem/routers … It is suspected that the botnet originated in Australia, as the first activity from the botnet was detected here.  Australian IT consultant Terry Baume first observed it infecting a Netcomm NB5 modem/router.  You can read his full analysis here.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple sued for promoting iPhone as eBook reader  —  An overseas communications firm is suing Apple for promoting its iPhone handset as a touchscreen digital book reader, a concept it claims to have patented over seven years ago.  —  In a 7-page complaint filed with a Virginia district court Monday …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Does Palm Pre have a chance against iPhone?  IMO: No, but it probably doesn't matter  —  At CES the product I was most excited by was the Palm Pre.  After all, they had hired a bunch of people from Apple and it went further than the iPhone in many places.  It had a keyboard.
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
T-Mobile launches 3G USB modem  —  Bellevue-based T-Mobile's introducing a new device taking advantage of its new 3G network: A nifty little USB stick modem for laptops with capacity for up to 8 gigabytes of storage.  —  It includes a slot for a micro SD memory card, plus a SIM card in a finger-sized black dongle.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Apple's Netbook Foray Will Flop  —  Like a moth to a hot trend, Apple (AAPL Quote - Cramer on AAPL - Stock Picks) will fly into the netbook flame and get burned.  —  The company will unveil a 10-inch touchscreen tablet computer sometime this year, say analysts.
Discussion: Edible Apple
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Boxee adds Pandora and makes its browser more Firefox-like for Hulu  —  Boxee, the streaming content startup, continues to push updates out at a brisk pace.  Tonight, at its meetup in New York City, it's announcing a few new features, one of which should once again help bring back Hulu support.
store.steampowered.com:
Steamworks Makes DRM Obsolete  —  Suite of Services Expands With Customer Executable Generation (CEG), Support for DLC, Matchmaking, and More  —  Valve today announced a new set of advanced features delivered in Steamworks, a complete suite of publishing and development tools that are available free …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
OnLive video games on demand service shakes loose a competitor  —  OnLive's announcement of a ground-breaking video on demand service has become the buzz of the game industry this week at GamesBeat 09 and at the Game Developers Conference.  —  But it has also shaken loose a competitor.
 
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C.G. Lynch / CIO.com:
Report: Enterprises Struggle to Adopt Social Networking Internally
Discussion: Feeds, Thanks:sameerpatel
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
AT&T first to test RIAA antipiracy plan
Robert McMillan / PC World:
China Becoming the World's Malware Factory
CBC News:
Group launches strategy to block Conficker worm from .ca domain
Discussion: CircleID and Slashdot
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
IE8 best at blocking malware sites, says study
Discussion: threatpost
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Why Recession Is Causing Enterprises to Rethink Open-Source Strategy
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Developers Gripe About Payment Delays and Dismal Customer Service
Discussion: techblog.dallasnews.com and Kotaku
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo5 Founder: Skype-for-SIP Is Vaporware
Discussion: Michael's Minute and VoIP & Gadgets Blog, Thanks:omfut
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Movie Studios May Be About To Learn That Netflix Has The Leverage
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
PHOTOS: Samsung N310 laptop
Discussion: Liliputing
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Gets A Conference
Alex Wilhelm / The Mind of Alex:
Chrome's Growth Is Far Too Slow
Thanks:alex
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Friends and Family Fly for Free, Frequently
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker