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6:55 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 …
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits and O'Grady's PowerPage, Thanks:agaton
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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 …
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: Homotron.net and Electronista
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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.
MSDN Blogs:
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 …
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Set to Cut 5,000 Jobs  —  International Business Machines Corp. is expected to lay off about 5,000 U.S. employees in its global business-services unit, with many of the jobs being transferred to India, according to people familiar with the situation.  —  The planned cuts show …
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: TechSpot, Pulse2 and TeleRead
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  —  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
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.
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.
Discussion: The Register
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
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.
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
GDC: Nintendo explains Miyamoto's method  —  Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of such Nintendo games as Donkey Kong and Wii Fit.  Credit: Nintendo  —  Video games guru Shigeru Miyamoto, who created Nintendo's Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Mario and Donkey Kong, has a track record for doling out hit after hit.
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.
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 …
internetnews.com:
BackWeb Sues Microsoft Over Auto Update  —  Israeli firm claims every time customers use Microsoft's auto update features, they're violating the smaller company's patents.  —  The ink was barely dry in the suit and countersuit passion play of Microsoft versus TomTom, when another tech firm sued Microsoft …
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
Discussion: CNET News and PC World
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Techdirt, DSLreports and NEWS.com.au
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Is Netflix PS3-bound, too?  —  Rumors of Netflix content streaming to the PS3 date back to, well, the first rumors of it hitting the Xbox 360.  We all know which of those two platforms got some red envelope love last year, and now, soon after hearing the service may be heading to the Wii …
Erik Sherman / BNET Technology:
Tech Layoffs on Big Q1 Upswing, Far Outpacing Average  —  When outsourcing consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas released its figures on job cuts in January and February, the numbers were depressing, with the two months figure almost double the same period in 2008 and close to the number …
 
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
A Dell Smartphone Would Face Big Hurdles
Discussion: Guardian and FierceWireless
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Leaving PCs on overnight costs companies $2.8B a year
Discussion: Switched
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
GDC: EA Mobile reveals 2009 iPhone game lineup
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Aaron Wall / Learn. Rank. Dominate.:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Lancing the f***ing boil”: how digital killed Big Music
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Spare Change On Track To Process $30 Million In Micropayments …
Discussion: The Mind of Alex
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Guy Kawasaki Can Handle Being Called a Spammer
Discussion: AuctionBytes Blog, Thanks:atul