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12:45 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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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 and Xconomy, Thanks:atul
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
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: MediaMemo, DSLreports, Gearlog and Slashdot
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.
The White House:
Open for Questions: President Obama to Answer Your Questions on Thursday  —  Today, the President invited everyone to use a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov called “Open for Questions” to ask a question about the economy and rate other questions up or down.  Then, on Thursday morning …
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Spare Change On Track To Process $30 Million In Micropayments On Social Apps This Year  —  While advertising revenues have been disappointingly low for most applications on Facebook and other social networks, another option app developers are increasingly turning towards is micropayments for virtual goods or premium features.
Discussion: The Mind of Alex
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Lancing the f***ing boil”: how digital killed Big Music  —  Steve Knopper takes a close look at the music business in his new book, Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age.  Ars digs into the book, which argues that the major labels' collapse wasn't caused (mostly) by P2P.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
Michael Oryl / MobileBurn.com:
EU agrees on caps for international voice, data, and SMS roaming charges  —  News by Michael Oryl on Tuesday March 24, 2009.  —  Today the EU announced that the members of the European parliment (MEPs) have reached a compromise on the proposed regulation of mobile voice, SMS …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and IntoMobile
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
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Don't call it DRM: Microsoft explains new gaming piracy tech
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?
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
In Google We Trust  —  This is a guest post from Fixer Dave …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Ubuntu promises DIY Amazon cloud
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Mary Branscombe / TechRadar.com:
Windows 7 interfaces you nearly had
Discussion: Download Squad and Maximum PC all
 Earlier Items: 
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
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