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4:30 PM ET, March 30, 2010

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Doug Bowman / Twitter Blog:
Tweaking the Twitter homepage  —  Twitter's homepage is a work-in-progress.  Today, we're testing a new design that bubbles up more of the information flowing through Twitter.  This builds on a series of changes starting last year when we redesigned the homepage to make search and trending topics …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Launches A New, Dynamic Homepage  —  Twitter has just rolled out a new homepage that's a marked improvement over the current offering, and does a much better job at capturing what the service is all about.  The new site features a 'See who's here' section that introduces new Twitter users …
Discussion: Mashable!, The Next Web and Switched
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon begins Android 2.1 update rollout for Motorola Droid  —  Flippin' finally, right?  Verizon Wireless put the long-awaited Android 2.1 update on hold for its cadre of Motorola Droid owners earlier in the month, with an all-too-vague “TBD” as the only detail as to when we could look for it to actually, really land.
Steven Sande / TUAW:
And so it begins... Seton Hill University to give all students an iPad  —  We were talking about this the other day in the virtual “back room” at TUAW — when would the first university announce that they were going to give every one of their students an iPad?  —  It didn't take too long.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Godfather of iPod Severs Final Ties With Apple  —  An era is formally ending at Apple.  Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod and iPhone, is breaking off his nine-year affiliation with Steve Jobs & Co.  —  Mr. Fadell's exit from Apple, which he planned to announce online Monday night, has been gradual.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
What's Next for SlingPlayer Mobile? (iPad!)  —  I recently checked in with my former Sling peeps, regarding mobile clients.  Specifically, codecs and resolution.  As we know, a Slingbox Android client is on tap this summer.  And I wondered if they're sticking with WMV video streaming or moving to H.264 for this platform.
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
Chinese censors disable Google searches  —  Chinese censors have disabled all Google searches on the mainland, blocking the US company's Hong Kong servers from delivering results.  —  In almost every major Chinese city, users reported that trying to access Google searches returned an error page.
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Wall Street Journal:
Unleashing American Broadband  —  Google and Verizon support a policy of minimal government involvement.  —  Innovation in technology and business is one of America's major comparative advantages in the global information economy.  That's why the Federal Communication Commission's recently …
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Google, Verizon tell FCC to ease off on broadband regulation
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Flash Player To Come Bundled With Google Chrome, New Browser Plugin API Coming  —  The rumors were true: Adobe and Google are tightening their partnership, seemingly both warily eying Apple in the process - and Mozilla plays a role in this story as well.  —  Concretely, Adobe has announced …
Reuters:
Want to see the iPad?  So do Apple store employees  —  (Reuters) - As Apple Inc gears up for the crush of customers expected for Saturday's iPad launch, employees who staff its retail stores are just as curious about the tablet as the fans who will line up outside.
Discussion: MacRumors
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
The Wisdom of Woz  —  Steve Wozniak stopped working at Apple in the late 1980s, but he's never stopped being a fan.  Daniel Lyons caught up with Woz as he was driving through a snowstorm in Green River, Wyo., on his way to judge a high-school robotics competition.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Gmail Overlord Always Deletes His Email  —  Eric Schmidt's email habits are bizarre, considering his job: The CEO of Google and ultimate overlord of email-hoarding service Gmail deletes every email he receives, unless he's specifically asked to do otherwise.  And that's not his only strange habit.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
MapQuest Brings Free Voice Navigation to the iPhone  —  It's quite inevitable, really: After Google announced free turn-by-turn GPS navigation for Android devices — followed by Nokia's decision to offer the same on its smartphones — the price of full-featured GPS navigation apps on other platforms is hurtling toward zero.
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
The iTunes App Store Comes to Facebook  —  Interacting with the iTunes App Store just got easier, thanks to the new App Store Facebook page.  —  Developed and powered by Vitrue, the new page puts the App Store inside Facebook — making it easy to search for apps, share them with friends …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Elan Sues to Ban Apple Multitouch Products in U.S. — Even the iPad  —  Elan Microelectronics filed suit against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission today, alleging that certain Apple products violate a multitouch patent previously awarded to the Taiwanese company.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
NEW LITIGATION CAMPAIGN QUIETLY TARGETS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MOVIE DOWNLOADERS  —  EXCLUSIVE: In what may be a sign of things to come, more than 20,000 individual movie torrent downloaders have been sued in the past few weeks in Washington D.C. federal court for copyright infringement.
Discussion: DSLreports and Techdirt
Marc Benioff / TechCrunch:
Hello, iPad.  Hello, Cloud 2.  —  The first piece of software I ever wrote was on the TRS-80 Model 1.  It was called “How To Juggle”, and it had 4K of memory.  It was my version of “Hello World”, what every programmer first writes on a new piece of hardware.
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
WSJ's Lame Entry in the iPhone Rumors Game  —  The Wall Street Journal: … Keep in mind there's a big difference between “is” and “appears to be”.  And they have no actual details of the next-generation iPhone.  Nothing.  Not the A4-family CPU system-on-a-chip.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
WSJ: Apple ‘developing new iPhone,’ plus another for Verizon (update: iPhone HD?)
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
EBay Introduces a New Classifieds Site and More Mobile Apps  —  On Tuesday, eBay plans to unveil a new classifieds site, called eBayClassifieds, to replace its old site, Kijiji, in the United States.  It will also introduce two new mobile apps, one for listing and selling items for sale and another for posting or searching classifieds.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google, Microsoft, ACLU & Others Push For “Digital Due Process” - No Personal Data Without A Warrant  —  A broad coalition of interest groups, non-profits and private companies, including Microsoft, Google, AOL, the ACLU, EFF and others, have come together to set forth four principles …
Arn / MacRumors:
Future Apple's iPad OS Upgrade Pricing Policies Revealed as Apple Seeds GM iPad SDK, Firmware and Licensing Agreement  —  Apple has begun seeding the Golden Master version of the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK to developers.  This represents the shipping version of the software that developers must use to develop iPad applications.
Melanie D.G. Kaplan / Between the Lines:
TiVo Premiere hits shelves, making couch potatodom even more appealing  —  The TiVo Premier and TiVo Premiere XL boxes hit the shelves at Best Buy yesterday.  To mark the launch, I talked to TiVo, Inc. Senior Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy Naveen Chopra …
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Unvarnished: A Clean, Well-Lighted Place For Defamation  —  Imagine every positive and ugly opinion about you— from your mother to that awkward co-worker you rejected at the company Christmas party— centrally located on one online profile.  Sound scary?  It is.  —  Today, Unvarnished makes its beta debut.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
‘70% Chance’ Apple Builds Its Own Search Engine In The Next Five Years: Munster (AAPL, GOOG)  —  Top Apple analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray is the latest to build on the notion that Apple will build its own search engine in a note on Apple's battle with Google.  —  Gene writes:
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Dell Aero hands-on and UI walkthrough (video)  —  We took a look at the Dell Aero during last week's CTIA bonanza, but AT&T and Dell weren't exactly forthcoming with letting us take the UI for a spin.  Luckily, we're pretty resourceful folks, so we've wrangled some face …
Paul Lilly / Maximum PC:
Western Digital Announces 750GB Scorpio, Ties for Highest Capacity Standard Notebook Drive  —  You can already buy 1TB hard drives for your notebook, but there are a couple of caveats.  First is the size - at 12.5mm high, these capacious drives aren't going to fit inside every notebook chassis.
Discussion: wdc.com, TechSpot and Digital Trends
DigiTimes:
HTC to ship 4.5 million handsets in 2Q10, says paper  —  Handsets shipped by HTC (High Tech Computer) may hit a new high of 4.5 million units in the second quarter of 2010 compared to 3.3-3.5 million projected for the first quarter, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Dow Jones Says No iPads Allowed Until We Test Them
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Medialets Rolls Out Universal SDK For iPhone And iPad Ads
Discussion: Medialets
Om Malik / GigaOM:
iPad or Not, Amazon Will Still Make a $1 Billion From e-Books
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
How Google plays the angles in Washington
Erez Zukerman / Download Squad:
Sony BMG takes Beyonce's official YouTube channel down for “copyright infringement”
Discussion: Guardian
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Advertising Network Greystripe Brings Its iFlash Ads To The iPad
Discussion: Mashable!
Elizabeth Armstrong Moore / Crave:
‘Shop to Lose’—grocery shopping for dummies
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yellow Pages Group Buys Canpages For $225M, Contributes U.S. Ops To ZipLocal
Discussion: Market Wire, paidContent and Profectio
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Webs taps Facebook Connect for log-ins, sharing
Discussion: VatorNews
Damaster / LiveSide.net:
Windows Live Hotmail Wave 4 to get Office Web Apps integration
Discussion: The Windows Blog
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus approved for European vacation
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
eBay Trys to Snag Online Designer Clothes Market With Fashion Vault
Markus Goebel / TechCrunch Europe:
Europe's biggest publisher embraces the WePad
Discussion: Gearlog and I4U News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Boxcar Opens Up Its iPhone Push Notifications.  And Soon, You Can Monetize Them
Discussion: iLounge