March 11, 2012, 10:15 PM

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Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Instagram reaches 27 million registered users, shows off upcoming Android app  —  Instagram, the photo-sharing app that has taken a definitive lead on iOS, said it has surpassed 27 million registered users.  —  Co-founder Kevin Systrom didn't disclose daily active users.
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Peter Thiel, university-hater, heads to campus  —  (Reuters) - Peter Thiel, the superstar Silicon Valley investor, has famously dismissed university as a waste of time and money, and even offered students cash to drop out.  —  But his views apparently do not apply to himself - or to Stanford University.
CBS News:
Khan Academy: The future of education?  —  (CBS News) Sal Khan is a math, science, and history teacher to millions of students, yet none have ever seen his face.  Khan is the voice and brains behind Khan Academy, a free online tutoring site that may have gotten your kid out of an algebra bind with its educational how-to videos.
More: Fast CompanyTweets: @jeresig and @60minutes
USA Today:
Apple: iPad preorders sell out, demand ‘off the charts’  —  If you are hoping to score a new iPad from Apple, you might have to wait.  Apple's website shows March 19 as the earliest ship date for online orders of its popular tablet computer.  And there is a limit of two per customer on the number of tablets that can preordered.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Review: iPhoto for iOS out-does Adobe for mobile image editing  —  Apple released the final piece of its iLife suite for iOS on March 7, delivering a universal version of iPhoto for iPad and iPhone (sorry, iPod touch users).  We spent some quality time with the app using an iPad 2 and iPhone 4 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Walmart Buys Facebook's Birthday And Holiday Reminder App Social Calendar  —  It looks like retail giant Walmart has made another acquisition.  The e-commerce giant has bought Social Calendar, an app on Facebook that allows you to get birthday and holiday reminders by email and SMS …
More: Technorati
Ryan Block / gdgt:
Why the new iPad's Retina Display matters  —  Specs are specs, and every time a new device is announced we expect the numbers to ratchet a little higher.  This is the stuff that makes people (especially tech pundits) so cynical of upgrade cycles: the typical incremental updates don't tend …
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Stores Smarten Up Amid Spam Flood  —  Retailers have started to wear out their welcome in customers' email inboxes, forcing stores to rethink their spam strategies.  —  Last year, the nation's top 100 retailers by e-commerce revenue sent recipients an average of 177 emails apiece …
More: Digits
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
How Frictionless Sharing Could Undermine Your Legal Right to Privacy  —  You might not think about the Fourth Amendment while you're using Facebook and other online tools, but you probably should.  —  You are no doubt familiar, now, with Facebook's concept of “frictionless sharing.”
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
IndieGoGo releases new algorithm for promoting crowdfunding projects  —  Crowdfunding website IndieGoGo has flipped the switch on its promotional algorithm, which pushes campaigns to its front page.  The algorithm adds, what it says is, more democracy to a human bias-driven industry.

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