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3:50 AM ET, March 26, 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
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.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Newsome.Org, Thanks:atul
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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 …
Discussion: IntoMobile and fiercemobileit.com
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Copycats causing problems for iPhone app developers (Updated)
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 …
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Engineering Windows 7:
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 …
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.
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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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.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
What Do Your Minutes Cost?  You Can't Tell by the Cellphone Bill  —  There's a good reason many people don't bother to closely read their cellphone bills.  They're a mess.  —  Even if you have a so-called bucket plan that's meant to simplify things — 450 minutes for $40, say …
Discussion: deal architect
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 …
Discussion: Docs Blog and ReadWriteWeb
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Intel CEO says Sun was shopped around  —  During an employee Webcast earlier this week to discuss Intel's stock options program, the chip giant's CEO, Paul Otellini, shed a little background on Sun Microsystems' pursuit to find a buyer.  —  When queried by an employee about his thoughts regarding …
Discussion: Bits, Digits and OSNews
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Verizon Alias2 leaks out, features dynamically changing button layout  —  Verizon's original Alias U740 dual-hinge phone may not have rocked any worlds, but it was a clever attempt to provide the best of both a QWERTY keypad and a standard clamshell number pad in a single device …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
iGoogle gets video game makers in on the action  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Google on Wednesday unveiled 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 with a little under …
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.
Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
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Phil Hollows / FeedBlitz News:
A FeedBurner Alternative: Blitz Your RSS!  —  FeedBlitz today has opened up a brand new RSS management service to the public.  Previously in private beta, the service is designed for publishers, marketers and bloggers who need:  — Greater choice in the RSS management service market;
Discussion: louisgray.com
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine gets a new data center  —  It's housed in a 20-foot-long metal shipping container  —  Computerworld) The Internet Archive today announced that it has a new computer behind it its library of 151 billion archived Web pages.
Discussion: GigaOM and The Register
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?
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 …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Your Online Clicks Have Value, for Someone Who Has Something to Sell  —  IMAGINE that a company set up a mall store where, instead of selling trinkets, it sold information about customer behavior.  For a few cents, it could tell a saleswoman at Nordstrom that the person who was about to walk …
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Conficker: Don't Believe the Hype  —  You may have heard about Conficker, the rogue computer program that might do something dreadful on April 1.  The truth is that the threat posed by Conficker is almost entirely theoretical, and that only a handful of dedicated professionals will notice anything …
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
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Economics of Snooping on Internet Traffic  —  Kurt Dobbins, the chief technical officer of Arbor Networks, has what he sees is a very good reason to use a machine-which his company makes-that can see every word and every picture people send and receive over their Internet service provider …
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Sun CEO takes stage, ignores IBM deal talk  —  What do you do if your company is reported to be involved in an $8 billion acquisition and you're already scheduled to give a big speech?  —  If you're Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, you honor the commitment and then make a swift exit.
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.
Discussion: OSNews, Netbook Choice and Liliputing
Electronista:
Western Digital ups slim My Books to 2TB  —  Western Digital today gave all of its single-disk My Book external hard drives new 2TB capacity levels.  The upgrade is equivalent to about 241 hours of full-bitrate HD and is particularly described as useful for Mac users or frequent shoppers from iTunes.
Discussion: Crave and Engadget
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Atlanta Gets Its Own Y Combinator In Shotput Ventures
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:atul
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Discussion: The Apple Core
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