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11:50 AM ET, March 31, 2010

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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Asus: iPad Rivals On The Way  —  Netbook maker will roll out several tablet PCs in the coming months.  —  With just a few days remaining before Apple's first tablet computer hits stores, iPad hype is at a fever pitch.  But on a recent visit to the U.S. Jonney Shih, chairman of Apple competitor Asus, was his usual tranquil self.
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:   ASUS confirms Google and Windows Eee Pad tablets for 2010
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple tweaked iPhones to lessen strain on AT&T network - report  —  A new report profiling the troubles AT&T has faced with millions of bandwidth hungry iPhone users revealed Tuesday that Apple has modified its handset to make it less taxing on its wireless partner's network.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
iPad attracts developers to App Store, distracts from rival markets  —  The launch of the iPad is helping Apple's iTunes App Store to retain developers' interest while preventing them from exploring alternative marketplaces for mobile software.  —  A report by the Wall Street Journal cited …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Verizon iPhone talks seen as Apple counterattack on Android
Discussion: Electronista
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Developer enthusiasm for iPad slackens as Android surges  —  Android's the platform to watch, says survey  —  Computerworld - Developer enthusiasm for Apple's iPad has cooled somewhat because the tablet lacks multitasking and a camera, a company that makes cross-platform development tools said today.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
doubleTwist Gives Android Market The Slick, iTunes-Like Interface It Deserves (With One Catch)  —  Android Market is finally getting a robust desktop presence.  But we don't have to Google to thank for it — it's coming from doubleTwist, the syncing software that allows you to sync your media …
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
Facebook Revealed Private Email Addresses Last Night  —  A brief rift in the Facebook privacy shield has been healed, but not before dozens of people documented it.  For about 30 minutes late Tuesday, private email addresses were revealed—and then, just as suddenly, they were hidden again.
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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Unvarnished: Is Pete Kazanjy an Evil Genius?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Isohunt Ordered to Remove Infringing Content  —  A U.S. judge is ordering Isohunt, one of the world's leading BitTorrent search engines, to remove all infringing content.  Isohunt's operator said Tuesday that the decision would likely shutter the site, which has 30 million unique monthly visitors.
Keir Whitaker / Carsonified:
Fred Wilson's 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps  —  In February 2010 Fred Wilson, a New York based tech investor, spoke at the annual Future of Web Apps Miami conference.  His talk, clocking in at just under 30 minutes, looks at his top 10 principles for creating a successful web app.
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 …
Bloomberg:
China Spat Is Least of Google's 2010 Woes as Microsoft-Like Slowdown Looms  —  Google Inc.'s feud with the Chinese government may be the smallest of its challenges as the search leader contends with slowing growth, regulatory scrutiny and a shift in ad spending.
Discussion: Go Rumors
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.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Extortion-Like Mass Automated Copyright Lawsuits Come To The US …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Becomes an App Platform: Google Adds OAuth to IMAP  —  You may or may not be excited by the acronyms OAuth and IMAP/SMTP, but the combination of them all together is very exciting news.  Google Code Labs announced this afternoon that it has just enabled 3rd party developers to securely access …
Andrew Nusca / SmartPlanet:
Ford, Microsoft partner on Hohm electric car management software  —  The smart grid is coming to a driveway near you.  —  Ford and Microsoft announced on Wednesday that they are partnering on a web application that will help drivers monitor and manage recharging for their electric vehicles.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Placecast Launches Match API To Ensure Accuracy In Location-Based Check-Ins  —  Following the location-based frenzy that took place at this year's SXSW festival, my colleague MG Siegler highlighted a definitive issue when it comes to checking in on various social networks like FourSquare, Gowalla, Loopt and others.
Discussion: Screenwerk and VentureBeat
Nadia Majid / VentureBeat:
Yelp CEO teams up with event site Eventbrite as investor, strategic advisor  —  Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder and CEO of business-recommendation site Yelp, has joined the board of advisors for event-management site Eventbrite.  He has also invested an unspecified amount in the company, according to a press release from Eventbrite.
Discussion: VatorNews and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Are location geeks at Where 2.0 off the path to real money?  —  Walking around the hallways at the Where 2.0 Conference today I met tons of developers doing some very interesting things with location, but they seem to be stuck in a mode where they think where you are right now is all that matters.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar, Thanks:scobleizer
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
iPad applications will cost more  —  Applications for the iPad will generally cost more than ones for the iPhone or iPod touch developers have said.  —  They blame the extra work involved in designing for the iPad and the risk factor of not yet knowing how many customers will buy the device.
Discussion: Engadget and Crave
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Memeo Is Bringing A Google Docs Reader To The iPad  —  This Saturday, Apple will be releasing the iPad to the masses, and you can be sure that one of the first things people will do when they get their hands on the device is explore what awaits them on the App Store.
Discussion: PC World and Macworld
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Will Bing Sneak Onto the iPad?  —  Sure, Apple and Google have gone from pals to frenemies to outright rivals.  But would Steve Jobs and company really dump the search giant in favor of Microsoft's Bing?  —  Speculation about a potential Google/Bing swap on Apple's platforms has swirled for months …
Discussion: mocoNews
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Meet Cabsense: Now your Apple iPhone and Android device will hail a cab for you  —  This post originally appeared on Smart Planet.  —  You will soon be able to find and hail a cab with your smartphone.  —  The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission and Sense Networks on Wednesday released …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Rather Than Respond To Criticism Of Aussie Censorship Plan, Conroy Attacks Google  —  With more and more complaints coming in about Stephen Conroy's plan in Australia to start censoring the internet, it appears that Conroy, rather than responding to the critics, has decided to just lash out at them.
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and Guardian
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
McAfee: ‘Amateur’ malware not used in Google attacks  —  IDG News Service - A misstep by McAfee security researchers apparently helped confuse the security research community about the hackers who targeted Google and many other major corporations in cyber attacks last year.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
UW researchers look to reinvent the graphical user interface  —  Beneath the hood, there are countless methods by which computer programs display information on our monitors.  The inner workings of computer applications consist of long, complex lines of code - and most source code is proprietary.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Motally lets iPhone, iPad developers live with Apple's approval process  —  Software developers have a love-hate relationship with Apple's App Store.  Getting into Apple's store is both personally and financially rewarding.  But the company is coy about its approval process.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Socialcast Raises $8 Million Series B To Spread Its Realtime Enterprise Streams  —  Realtime streams are quickly moving from the consumer Web to the enterprise.  The constant flow of status updates, links, and shared items people are becoming accustomed to on Facebook and Twitter is finding …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TweetDeck Taps TwitVid For Video Sharing, Replacing 12seconds
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Goober Networks launches free VoIP and chat apps for iPhone and iPod Touch
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
More Video-Related iPad News, Courtesy Of Delve Networks And MeFeedia
Discussion: iPad in Canada
Robin Rhys / App Advice:
iPad Exclusive: Unofficial Flickr App Approved
Tim Difford / The Next Web:
Spotify's Latest iPhone App Is Live, Adds New Features But Still …
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Vincent Chu / Posterous:
Posterous makes it dead simple to register a domain for your personal site
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
Paul Betlem / Adobe Flash Player Team Blog:
Improved Flash Player Support in Chrome
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Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Did Apple Sucker Us With iPad Rush Shipping?
Discussion: Electronista
Groklaw:
Novell Wins Again - Jury Rules Copyrights Didn't Go to SCO!
Steven Sande / TUAW:
And so it begins... Seton Hill University to give all students an iPad