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8:20 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!
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Twitter Finally Attempts to Filter Tweets
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
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.
Gizmodo:
Joojoo Tablet: These Court Docs Show Only 90 Preorders (With 15 returned)  —  These Paypal documents from the JooJoo/Techcrunch lawsuit show that only 90 preorders for the $500 device, roughly $44k worth, were made.  This is what happens when you launch a tablet the same month as Apple, at the same price.
Discussion: Podcasting News and Electronista
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:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Data Traffic Expected To Rise 40-Fold Over Next Five Years
Groklaw:
Novell Wins Again - Jury Rules Copyrights Didn't Go to SCO!  —  It's over.  The jury has found that the copyrights did not go to SCO under the APA or anything else.  The verdict is in.  Novell has the news up on their website already, but I heard it from Chris Brown also.
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 …
David Tidmarsh / Yale Daily News:
ITS delays switch to Gmail  —  The changeover to Google as Yale's e-mail provider has been put on hold.  —  Information Technology Services has decided to postpone the University's move from the Horde Webmail service to Google Apps for Education, a suite of communication and collaboration tools …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   After Campus Freakout, Yale Delays Switch To Google Apps (GOOG)
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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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Blames Disruption of Search Results on Chinese Firewall
Discussion: Reuters and The Firewall
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
EBay renames Kijiji, Pushes Mobile Selling  —  On Tuesday, eBay announced two more efforts to refresh the reputation of its giant online marketplace, renaming its classifieds business and releasing new mobile apps to encourage people to find and sell things on the go.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
iTunes 9.1 now available, brings iPad syncing and iBook support  —  Hot on the heels of a ginormous OS X update comes this, the freshest version of the music management software that everyone loves to hate. iTunes 9.1 is live and available to download, bringing with it support for iPad syncing …
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.
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.
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
More pics and video of possible next-gen iPhone display leaked  —  Back in February, we showed you some leaked pics from iResQ that were supposedly pictures of the next-gen iPhone's front face.  Now, SmartPhone Medic, another iPhone repair outfit, has released pictures and video of what appears …
Discussion: IntoMobile, AppleInsider and DVICE
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
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.
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.
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Did Apple Sucker Us With iPad Rush Shipping? … 08:00 PM  —  22  —  By John Pozadzides … How I'd Hack Your Weak Passwords  —  Internet standards expert, CEO of web company iFusion Labs, and blogger John Pozadzides knows a thing or two about password security—and he knows exactly …
Discussion: Lifehacker
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
SAP's ‘virtual War Room’ Tool Gets a Name: StreamWork  —  A Google Wave-like enterprise collaboration tool developed by SAP became generally available Tuesday and also gained an official name: StreamWork.  —  StreamWork has been described as a “virtual war room” for solving business problems in real time.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Automattic Opens Up VaultPress, A Safe Place To Back Up Your Blog  —  Over the past few months, Automattic's popular blog platform WordPress.com has taken an in-depth look at their blogging ecosystem, and realized that one of the major pain points for the 12.1 million users who self-host …
 
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Enrique Andres Pretel / Reuters:
Twitter's heady rise has Venezuela's Hugo Chavez in spin
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Solaris 10 no longer free as in beer, now a 90-day trial
Chris Crum / WebProNews:
Google Gives AdWords for Mobile Interface to Advertisers
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Dow Jones Says No iPads Allowed Until We Test Them
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Gmail Overlord Always Deletes His Email
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Lilly / Maximum PC:
Western Digital Announces 750GB Scorpio, Ties for Highest Capacity …
Discussion: wdc.com, Digital Trends and SlashGear
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Medialets Rolls Out Universal SDK For iPhone And iPad Ads
Discussion: Medialets
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
How Google plays the angles in Washington
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
The Wisdom of Woz  —  Steve Wozniak stopped working at Apple …
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
The iTunes App Store Comes to Facebook