March 1, 2012, 3:15 PM

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Mark Pincus / Zynga Blog:
A Platform for Play  —  Today, we're proud to share a new platform for play.  The Zynga Platform is designed with two simple goals: more access to the best social games and more people to play with.  In a few days we're turning on a beta of which will feature our most popular games …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga's John Schappert explains strategy behind the move beyond Facebook (interview)  —  John Schappert is the chief operating officer at Zynga.  Today, the company is releasing one of his team's big projects, formerly code-named Project Z, also known as for consumers and Zynga Platform for third parties.
More: AllThingsD
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Rumor Mill Ramps Up Production of Cheaper and Smaller iPads  —  The Apple rumor mill has kicked into overdrive in advance of next week's iPad event, pushing out a pair of speculative reports this morning about what lies in the company's product pipeline.  —  The most plausible …
Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
Apple expected to unveil 16GB and 32GB iPad 3 as well as 8GB iPad 2 on March 7  —  As Apple has scheduled an event on March 7, sources from its upstream supply chain pointed out that the company is expected to launch two iPad 3 models - a 16GB version and 32GB version.
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Twitter, the Startup That Wouldn't Die  —  Life inside successful Web startups—especially the really successful ones—can be nasty, brutish, and short.  As companies grow exponentially, egos clash, investors jockey for control, and business complexities rapidly exceed the managerial abilities of the founders.
More: TechCrunch
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
AT&T relents on unlimited data throttling, increases cap to 3GB for HSPA+ and 5GB for LTE  —  AT&T has announced today that it is retooling the throttling policy on its unlimited smartphone data plan, a legacy offering still in use by many customers — largely because it was long the standard-issue package sold alongside the iPhone.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Readability for iOS Review  —  The official Readability app for iOS, available today on the App Store, had a complicated history with Apple and its approval process.  Since Readability relaunched last year with an ambitious focus on publishers and “read anywhere”, the service struggled …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Can become the Instagram for news?  —  We've written before about the overwhelming tsunami of content that digital media represents, especially the firehose that comes from Twitter and Facebook, and how this makes it even more imperative that users have some kind of filter or curation system.
Estelle Shirbon / Reuters:
EU agencies say Google breaking data laws: commissioner  —  (Reuters) - EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said on Thursday that data protection agencies in countries across the European Union had come to the conclusion that Google's new privacy policy was in breach of EU law.
David Kravets / Wired:
Constitutional Showdown Voided: Feds Decrypt Laptop Without Defendant's Help  —  Colorado federal authorities have decrypted a laptop seized from a bank-fraud defendant, mooting a judge's order that the defendant unlock the hard drive so the government could use its contents as evidence against her.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Keeping Google From Watching Your Searches  —  Worried about Google collecting data about your online searches?  —  An online privacy start-up called Abine is rolling out a tool Thursday that promises to help people keep their search information secret.  The tool, called Protected Search …
More: Engadget and WebProNews
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
For Impatient Web Users, an Eye Blink Is Just Too Long to Wait  —  Wait a second.  —  No, that's too long.  —  Remember when you were willing to wait a few seconds for a computer to respond to a click on a Web site or a tap on a keyboard?  These days, even 400 milliseconds …
The Credit Card Is The New App Platform  —  This is a guest post written by Reid Hoffman, Ali Rosenthal and James Slavet from Greylock Partners.  —  Credit and debit cards are ubiquitous, but they're mostly pretty dumb.  That's about to change.  Over 170 million people in the U.S. have credit cards …
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Google Grows in New York City  —  Google Inc. has dramatically expanded its presence in Manhattan in the past year, adding roughly 750 people to its outpost in 2011 in the most prominent example of a technology company shifting its focus toward New York.  —  After acquiring four New York companies …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Delicious Founder Creates New People Search Engine,  —  Joshua Schachter and his team of star developers at TastyLabs have begun work on a second project, an endorsement and people search engine called  The site lets you endorse people for their skills in various fields …
Et Tu, Google?  Android Apps Can Also Secretly Copy Photos  —  It's not just Apple.  Photos are vulnerable on Android phones too.  —  As Bits reported earlier this week, developers who make applications for Apple iOS devices have access to a person's entire photo library, as long as that person allows the app to use location data.
John Campbell / 3 News:
Kim Dotcom's first TV interview: 'I'm no piracy king' … Campbell Live has spoken exclusively with Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom in his first TV interview since being arrested.  —  Dotcom faces a barrage of FBI charges relating to the operation of his file sharing company Megaupload.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt, Ben Horowitz, And Others Share Their Thoughts On The Current State Of Tech IPOs  —  Wealthfront, a startup that has been disrupting the investing and personal finance space, is debuting a new video tonight that is definitely worth a look.  The video features content …

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