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12:15 PM 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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
No! Never Surrender To Your Users, Facebook.
Discussion: GMSV and The Guidewire, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
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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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Blockbuster partners with TiVo, says Apple products in sight
Discussion: TUAW
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.
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Spark Capital To Offer Seed Funding For Digital-Media Companies  —  VC fund Spark Capital today announced a new program called Start@Spark that will provide entrepreneurs with up to $250,000 in seed financing to get their companies through the development stage.
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Boston Venture Firm Seeks Entrepreneurial Spark
Discussion: Start@Spark, Xconomy and bijan sabet, Thanks:atul
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
AT&T first to test RIAA antipiracy plan  —  AT&T, one of the nation's largest Internet service providers, confirmed on Tuesday the company is working with the recording industry to combat illegal file sharing.  —  At a digital music conference in Nashville, Jim Cicconi …
Discussion: DSLreports, Gearlog and Slashdot
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i now official  —  Yep, Canon just went live with that Rebel T1i DSLR that leaked a bit earlier, and it's looking like a hell of a response to the Nikon D90: an XSi body jacked with a sensor matching the 50Ds 15.1 megapixels, 1080p HD video recording, and a $900 price tag.
CBC News:
Criminals love the BlackBerry's wiretap-proof ways: police  —  MP wants wireless devices to be intercept-ready  —  Wireless messages sent on a BlackBerry are so hard to intercept that the smartphones have become the device of choice for both criminals and law enforcement, police say.
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 …
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 …
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.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Sprint Highlights ‘4G’ Launch Plans - Launch will largely mirror Clearwire deployment...  Not too surprisingly, Sprint's 4G phone buildout is largely going to mirror that of their spun-off Clearwire mobile WiMax venture, according to a press release issued by the company this morning.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Guy Kawasaki Can Handle Being Called a Spammer  —  To kick off his keynote speech at SES, a marketing conference in New York, Guy Kawasaki asked how many people in the audience were on Twitter at that moment.  Hands shot up across the packed ballroom.  —  Thomas Hawk/Flickr  —  Guy Kawasaki
Discussion: AuctionBytes Blog and Search Engine Watch, Thanks:atul
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.
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Microsoft: SMBs Moving to Virtualization, SaaS in 2009  —  Microsoft's global survey of small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) find security, virtualization and IT consolidation are among the top priorities for midmarket companies in 2009.  —  A study of the business challenges …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Win For Project Playlist: EMI Drops Suit, Signs On  —  EMI Music Group, which sued Web music startup Project Playlist nearly a year ago, has dropped its suit and will start providing its catalog to the startup, which offers free streaming music.  —  No terms were disclosed.
Discussion: TechCrunch
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Last.fm Silences Third-Party Mobile Apps  —  Hot off an announcement that they'd be charging for radio access outside the US, UK and Germany, Last.fm has said that all non-official mobile clients will be banned.  This isn't going over well.  —  The change comes with a new developer API …
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Life After Google  —  Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are looking for the next “small hit” in search.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif.—There is life after Google—though the increasing number of search alternatives popping up around the U.S. are careful not to take the search giant head-on.
Staska / Unwired View:
Orange Android blitz: Sony Ericsson, Motorola Android phones, HTC Hero, Cupcake updates and more  —  While vendor enthusiasm (at least verbal) for Android platform is very high, it's adoption from mobile operators has yet to be confirmed.  —  Yes, many of them already launched HTC G1/Dream …
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!
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Firms Seek Profit in Twitter's Chatter  —  In the three years since its launch, the messaging service Twitter has attracted millions of users, but its fast growth hasn't translated into significant revenue.  —  Now, other companies are trying to profit from Twitter's popularity by experimenting …
Discussion: Financial Times, Thanks:atul
David English / PC Magazine:
Wacom Intuos4  —  RATINGS  —  Pen tablets aren't just for commercial artists anymore.  For proof, look no further than the just-released Wacom Intuos4 ($230 and up, street, depending on size), a worthy addition to the toolkits of professionals, casual artists, and photography enthusiasts alike.
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
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.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Don't call it DRM: Microsoft explains new gaming piracy tech  —  Microsoft sat down with Ars at GDC 2009 to announce its upcoming additions to the Games for Windows platform, along with more protection for publishers.  They want you to know that this isn't DRM, and they don't think you're a bad person.
 
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Jason Brooks / eWeek:
Novell Desktop Linux Ready for Enterprise, but Lacks Some Features
Discussion: OSDir.com
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
There May Be Hope For The Recording Industry, Yet
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Who owns the train times - or the news?
Richard / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Stating the Case Against DRM to the FTC
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Ubuntu promises DIY Amazon cloud
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
mp3HD: New lossless MP3 format explained
Discussion: Slashdot
C.G. Lynch / CIO.com:
Report: Enterprises Struggle to Adopt Social Networking Internally
Discussion: Beyond Search and Feeds, Thanks:sameerpatel
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Widgets Lend Brains to Boob Tube
Discussion: Technologizer, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Does Palm Pre have a chance against iPhone? …
Discussion: Switched
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
There's Twitter the company, and twitter the medium
Discussion: digg.com
Robert McMillan / PC World:
China Becoming the World's Malware Factory