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10:40 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
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, SlashGear and WMPoweruser.com
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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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Twitter Finally Attempts to Filter Tweets
Discussion: The Next Web and Switched
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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Paul Betlem / Adobe Flash Player Team Blog:
Improved Flash Player Support in Chrome
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Slyck, TorrentFreak, Erictric and Mashable!
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 …
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
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
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
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 Sigeler highlighted a definitive issue when it comes to checking in on various social networks like FourSquare, Gowalla, Loopt and others.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
More Video-Related iPad News, Courtesy Of Delve Networks And MeFeedia  —  Everyone remotely involved with online video is quick to jump on the iPad bandwagon - we've recently covered announcements from the likes of Ooyala, Brightcove and Kyte.  You can add two more to that list now, courtesy of Delve Networks and MeFeedia.
Discussion: iPad in Canada
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, Guardian and p2pnet
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.
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.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Goober Networks launches free VoIP and chat apps for iPhone and iPod Touch  —  VoIP service Goober Networks is announcing today that it will launch Internet voice calling and instant messenger apps for both the iPhone and iPod Touch.  —  The Dover, Del.-based company said the free apps …
Vincent Chu / Posterous:
Posterous makes it dead simple to register a domain for your personal site  —  One of the easiest ways to establish your own personalized identity is to have your own web address.  In the past, it was really annoying —  you had to go to a registrar, buy the domain, edit the DNS records, add an A-record, yaddah yaddah yaddah.
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
 
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Nadia Majid / VentureBeat:
Yelp CEO teams up with event site Eventbrite as investor, strategic advisor
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Orange, OpenX team up to establish pan-European ad exchange ecosystem
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
With Hirings, Yahoo Steps Up News Coverage
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Cisco Valet makes home Wi-Fi easier to set up
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
Facebook Revealed Private Email Addresses Last Night
Discussion: Lifehacker and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Did Apple Sucker Us With iPad Rush Shipping?
Discussion: Electronista
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Data Traffic Expected To Rise 40-Fold Over Next Five Years
David Tidmarsh / Yale Daily News:
ITS delays switch to Gmail
Steven Sande / TUAW:
And so it begins... Seton Hill University to give all students an iPad