March 1, 2012, 8:20 PM

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga launches, to expand beyond Facebook in a big way  —  In a gigantic strategic step, Zynga announced today that it is launching a new destination web site where users can play its social games without going directly through Facebook.  —  The move has big implications …
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 …
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.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Android allows every app access to your photos, Google considering fix  —  Two days ago, the New York Times reported on an issue in iOS that allows third-party apps to access your photos if you them grant permission to access your location.  That's a bit of a hole in Apple's walled-garden approach …
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.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Caps Unlimited Data Plans … An AT&T store in New York.  AT&T said it will no longer let customers use unlimited data without penalty.  —  AT&T Inc. is effectively ending unlimited data plans, saying that it will no longer let customers use more than a set amount of data per month without penalty.
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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:
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 …
Thing Labs “the blog”:
Brizzly is shutting the cave door  —  It's never easy to be the bearer of bad news.  Luckily, there's plenty of good news along with it.  —  First: Brizzly is shutting down at the end of this month  —  I know this stands in stark contrast to the last post I wrote, wherein I said that …
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 …
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.
Darren Pauli / SC Magazine Australia:
NSA builds Android phone for top secret calls  —  Blueprints released to public.  —  The National Security Agency (NSA) has developed an ultra-secure Android phone built using off-the-shelf kit that allows US Government staff to discuss top secret materials.
Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:
ARM Chips Go From Smartphones to Networks  —  ARM Holdings Plc (ARM), whose chip designs are used in most smartphones, is set to power the networks that run them as it steps up competition with Intel Corp. in a $9 billion market.  —  With ARM already working with Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) …
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 …
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 …
Noah Shachtman / Wired:
U.S. Wants You to Hunt Fugitives With Twitter  —  A worldwide manhunt kicks off at the end of March — a search across America and Europe for five fugitives, identifiable only by their mugshots.  The successful team of trackers not only gets a $5,000 bounty from the U.S. State Department.

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