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10:50 AM ET, March 26, 2009

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Apple's iPhone App Refund Policies Could Bankrupt Developers  —  We reported yesterday about Apple's alleged delay in payments to iPhone app developers, but there is more alarming news from iPhone developers about Apple's refund policies.  Apparently, if iPhone users decide that they want a refund for an app …
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News:
Apple refund clause: Bad for developers?
Discussion: Business Week
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Giz Explains: How a Brainy Worm Might Jack the World's PCs on April 1  —  It's lurking in millions of PCs around the world.  It's incredibly sophisticated and resilient, with built-in p2p and digital code-signing technology.  It revels in killing security software.  On April 1, the Conficker worm will activate.
Discussion: Threat Level, eWeek and digg.com
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Ben Worthen / Digits:   Conficker: Don't Believe the Hype
Rajat Mukherjee / The Official Google Blog:
Google, at your service  —  It used to be that creating a webpage was a pursuit reserved for the truly tech-savvy, requiring a geek's expertise in HTML, Java, or C++ coding.  —  These days, it's a different story.  Working with a hosting service has made things a great deal easier …
Discussion: eWeek, Download Squad and AppScout, Thanks:sinkercat
Stevemar / Development Unfiltered:
Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability  —  Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability  —  From the moment we kicked off our cloud computing effort, openness and interop stood at the forefront.  As those who are using it will tell you …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and eWeek
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:   Microsoft criticizes secret drafting of cloud-computing manifesto
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.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter's suggested user list: You don't have to be rich, just famous
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Palm: Analysts fall in love with Pre; Big money bets against it  —  Wall Street analysts are beginning to fall in love with Palm and remain upbeat about the Pre's prospects.  These folks are betting that Pre demand—and the WebOS that rides shotgun—will be strong enough to make Palm a player again.
Discussion: The Toybox and PalmAddicts
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Troubles At Imeem, But Company Says No Shutdown Imminent  —  Imeem, the free streaming music site backed by Sequoia Capital, Warner Music and other prominent investors, is rumored to be in serious trouble.  —  Music insiders are saying a shutdown of the company is imminent after a failed attempt to sell the company or raise more cash.
Discussion: Music Ally and hypebot
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
BlackBerry to Launch TV Episode Service?  —  We've heard from multiple sources that RIM is planning to announce a full-episode television service for BlackBerry users as early as next week at CTIA.  —  Here's what we've heard so far:  — It will be an unlimited monthly subscription service for a fee
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Opera Mobile's business build hints at Flash video  —  The CTIA Wireless mobile phone conference this April may be much lower key in 2009, but that doesn't mean there won't be news.  —  In advance of the show, Opera Software announced on Thursday an update to Opera Mobile …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama turns to Web to bypass news media  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Call it Round Two of the news conference, with a big Internet twist.  —  President Barack Obama took questions from the White House press corps on Tuesday in a prime-time …
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Mark Goldstein / Photography Blog:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 Review  —  Compare Prices  —  Support PhotographyBLOG!  —  Buy this product from one of our affiliate retailers:  —  Introduction  —  The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 (also known as the DMC-ZS3 in the USA) is a brand new ultra-compact super-zoom camera …
Discussion: Engadget
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
iGoogle gets video game makers in on the action  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Google unveiled on Wednesday the latest addition to its iGoogle start page service: a collection of themes designed by video game publishers.  —  The search giant has partnered with nine publishers to come up about two dozen themes …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
“Whatever Happened to...?”  —  Old computer products, like old soldiers, never die.  They stay on the market-even though they haven't been updated in eons.  Or their names get slapped on new products-available only outside the U.S. Or obsessive fans refuse to accept that they're obsolete-long after the rest of the world has moved on.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Turns Into One Big Ad, But Users Seem To Like It  —  Web chat service Meebo, always innovative with advertising, is trying out something fairly aggressive: full takeover ads that show a persistent advertisement in the background.  —  The company says that they already got 1% …
Discussion: meeblog
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Firefox Fix Due Next Week After Attack Is Published  —  Online attack code has been released targeting a critical, unpatched flaw in the Firefox browser.  —  The attack code, written by security researcher Guido Landi was published on several security sites Wednesday, sending Firefox developers scrambling to patch the issue.
Stan M / Sony Insider:
New VAIO P Coming?  —  Remember that teaser (see pic above) Sony spread around the world before unveiling VAIO P?  Fun times!  —  Folks always wonder, will there be a new, refreshed line of their favorite product and of course we also know that Sony loves to present their VAIOs in series …
Guardian:
'You can fire us on a minute's notice'  —  Amazon's cloud computing evangelist Adam Selipsky is upfront about the risks, but determined to find the silver lining in ‘capital-constrained’ times  —  While other tech companies watch plummeting stock markets with fear, Amazon's Adam Selipsky is quietly enjoying the recession.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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.
Discussion: Epicenter, TECH.BLORGE.com and AppScout, Thanks:atul
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
More Security Loopholes Found In Google Docs  —  Security consultant Ade Barkah checked in with us to alert us to a couple of serious security issues associated to Google Docs, the web-based office software from the world's most famous search engine company, giving a whole new meaning …
Discussion: peekay and InformationWeek
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Create Flowcharts & Diagrams in Google Docs  —  You can now add drawing objects like flowcharts, arrows, callouts, banners and even freehand scribbles to your documents in Google Docs using the new “Insert Drawing” command available from the menu bar.  —  This new feature in Google Docs is like the …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
There's Something About Boxee  —  Boxee, a free software package that pulls together multiple sources of Internet video in an easy-to-use interface, has quietly been building an army of ardent fans.  —  But what is it about Boxee that is driving the technorati wild?
Discussion: TheAppleBlog and bijan sabet
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Drawing in Google Docs  —  Google Docs added a simple editor for drawings: you can insert shapes, draw lines and arrows, insert scribbles and text, change the color, the line width and other formatting options.  —  The drawing is inserted as an image, but it continues to be editable after you add it to the document.
Discussion: Download Squad and Lifehacker
Frank Davies / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley execs meet with politicos  —  WASHINGTON — More than 100 tech heavyweights from Silicon Valley and elsewhere trekked to Congress and the White House during a one-day lobbying blitz Wednesday, celebrating recent victories and excited that the Obama administration is on their wavelength.
Bill Ray / The Register:
Deadfish iPhones send users into deep freeze  —  When cool isn't cool enough for WiFi  —  Free whitepaper - Virtualization: optimized power and cooling to maximize benefits  —  Some iPhone and iPod Touch users who've upgraded to the latest 2.2.1 firmware are reporting problems connecting to WiFi …
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
Young Fast to cut into netbook touch panel market in 2H09  —  Taiwan-based touch panel maker Young Fast Optoelectronics started mass production of capacitive touch panels in February and will cut into the netbook touch panel market in the second half of the year, according to company chairman TJ Lin.
Discussion: SlashGear
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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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Your Online Clicks Have Value, for Someone Who Has Something to Sell
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Economics of Snooping on Internet Traffic
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Sun CEO takes stage, ignores IBM deal talk
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
What Do Your Minutes Cost? You Can't Tell by the Cellphone Bill
Discussion: deal architect
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine gets a new data center
Discussion: GigaOM, SlashGear, GMSV and The Register
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Intel CEO says Sun was shopped around
Discussion: Bits, Digits and OSNews
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
How Google Routes Around Outages
Discussion: WinBeta
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Copycats causing problems for iPhone app developers (Updated)