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March 4, 2012, 1:40 AM

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Robert McMillan / Wired:
The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network  —  Easy to overlook, the PwnPlug offers a tiny back door to the corporate network.  Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired  —  When Jayson E. Street broke into the branch office of a national bank in May of last year, the branch manager could not have been more helpful.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google's Plan To Compete With Apple's Multi-Platform Siri?  Google “Assistant”  —  The tech world woke up today to reports of an imminent Apple TV, as Apple works to solidify deals with content providers.  The rumored television product could indeed be ground-breaking, not just for television, but for computing as a whole.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Exclusive: Valve said to be working on ‘Steam Box’ gaming console with partners, could announce at GDC  —  Recently there's been chatter that Valve — the company behind the massively popular gaming service Steam — has been considering getting into the hardware business.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Court Filings Suggest Google Fighting Feds Over Megaupload Emails  —  A pair of cryptic court filings surfaced in Virginia this week that suggest Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is in a fight with the federal government over Megaupload, the file-sharing site that was shut down in a dramatic raid in January.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPad 3 prices and features matrix revealed  —  iPad 3 price matrix will be the same as iPad 2, above  —  One of the remaining mysteries ahead of the iPad 3 launch next week are the prices and configurations.  If you don't like surprises we have good news.
Electronista:
Intel Ivy Bridge said still on track for late April  —  Intel Ivy Bridge delay seen much shorter  —  Intel's own claims that its Ivy Bridge platform had been moved back to June might have been unintentionally conservative.  New leaks on Saturday to Digitimes had the 22-nanometer processors shipping …
More: DigiTimes and TUAW
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Hey, People Buying YELP At $25 A Share, What On Earth Are You Thinking?  —  The king of online local restaurant reviews, Yelp, went public this morning.  —  Its stock is now trading at $25 a share, ~70 percent above the price institutional investors paid for it last night.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
When will tablets outsell traditional PCs?  —  I truly believe, and many others in the company believe, that there will come a day that the tablet market in units is larger than the PC market.  Tim Cook Discusses Q1 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript - Seeking Alpha Question is when?
More: GigaOM
Rick Falkvinge / Falkvinge on Infopolicy:
How Microsoft Pays Big Money To Smear Google In European Parliament  —  Transparency: I spent this week in the European Parliament in Brussels.  One of the seminars I attended was advertised as being a seminar on privacy, big data, profiling, and online identities.  As interesting as it sounded, it was anything but.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Google+ adds new mask effects for Hangouts, so go turn yourself into a cat  —  I'm a huge fan of Google+ Hangouts and I think that the company is really onto something when it comes to interaction over video.  It beats the absolute crap out of a Skype conversation, and has fun effects like Apple should be creating for Facetime.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter & Facebook share a problem: Proving social ads work  —  There's a been a big focus recently on the advertising strategy at both Twitter and Facebook, with two in-depth profiles of Twitter in the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek that spent a lot of time talking about the company's ad model …

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