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March 22, 2012, 8:25 AM

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Dan Porter / Zynga Blog:
OMG, Zynga Welcomes a New Member to the Family  —  Put down your smartphones and iPads for just a sec. I've got some big news.  Today I'm excited to tell you about a new addition to the Zynga family, OMGPOP.  This New York-based developer of social mobile games has recently received a lot …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Done Deal: Zynga Gets “Draw Something” Phenom By Acquiring OMGPOP.  (We're Hearing $210M.)  —  Zynga agreed to buy OMGPOP, the maker of massive Pictionary-like hit Draw Something, winning out over several other large gaming companies who had taken a look at the deal.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
iPhoto for iPad, iPhone hits 1 million users in less than 10 days  —  iPhoto for iPad, iPhone hits 1 million users in less than 10 days  —  Apple told me today that its newest iOS app, iPhoto, hit 1 million users in less than 10 days after its release.  It's important to note that figure is users, not downloads.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature 4.6-inch Retina Display  —  An unverified report claims Apple has begun placing orders for a 4.6-inch Retina Display bound for the next-generation iPhone that could launch as early as “around the second quarter.”  —  Reuters issued the report on Wednesday …
David Kravets / Wired:
MPAA Wants Megaupload User Data Retained for Lawsuits — Updated  —  Hollywood studios want a federal judge to preserve data on all the 66.6 million users of Megaupload, the file-sharing service that shuttered in January in the wake of federal indictments targeting its operators on allegations …
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Google Said to Rethink Wallet Strategy Amid Slow Adoption  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) is weighing changes aimed at improving its Google Wallet mobile-payment system following slow adoption and the departure of two key managers, according to people with knowledge of the project.
ACLU:
Your Facebook Password Should Be None of Your Boss' Business  —  Today, the Associated Press reports that some employers are asking applicants for their Facebook usernames and passwords.  According to the article: … Responding to the news, ACLU attorney Catherine Crump said:
Gabe Donnini / Chitika Insights:
The new iPad Gobbles Up 5% of All iPad Traffic; CA, CT & NY new iPad “Hot Spots”  —  After much anticipation on Friday March 16th, 2012, The new iPad hit the market and proceeded to shatter first weekend sales records, moving 3 million units over the course of the weekend — the most successful launch for the iPad yet.
More: PadGadget and TUAW
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Spotify announces 12 ‘next generation’ apps like TweetVine, Def Jam, Matador, and Domino  —  When Spotify launched its first wave of “apps” in November 2011, it made clear its goal to become “the OS of music,” a place to find, browse, and listen to million of songs.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Blue Jeans CEO Looks To Beat His Two-Time Acquirer Cisco With Low-Cost Video Conferencing  —  Having sold two companies to Cisco, Krish Ramakrishnan knows what it takes to compete with the venerable networking giant.  —  After leaving Cisco for the second time to be an entrepreneur in residence …
More: Fortune and eWeek
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Verizon Study Confirms 2011 Was The Year Of Anonymous, With 100 Million Users' Data Breached By Hacktivists  —  Anonymous may have had a rough 2012 so far, with dozens of its most active members arrested and one of its leaders and organizers revealed as a government informant.
Walter Isaacson / Harvard Business Review:
The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs  —  His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents' garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from near bankruptcy in 1997, and by the time he died, in October 2011, had built it into the world's most valuable company.
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
.NYC Domain Names May Finally Become a Reality  —  A photo from the .NYC domain campaign (gothamist.com)  —  If the “Made in NYC” label wasn't enough to cement your status as an integral part of the burgeoning local tech community, perhaps a .NYC domain name might pique your interest.
Peter Farago / Flurry Blog:
China Now Leads the World in New iOS and Android Device Activations  —  Flurry recently quantified China's meteoric adoption of iOS and Android applications.  While China ranked 10th in application sessions at the beginning of 2011, it finished the year in 2nd place, only behind the United States.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix iPad app upgraded with Retina quality icons and images now, HD video soon  —  Now that the third generation iPad has hit the streets even more apps are pushing out upgrades for its high-res display, and among the latest is Netflix.  Version 2.1.1 adds not only high-res artwork …

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Microsoft:
FansChoice.tv and Ooyala choose Microsoft to help them deliver content to anyone, on any device  —  On Monday at the 2014 NAB Show exhibition, Microsoft is showing the latest technology innovations for the broadcast media industry.
Atlassian:
5 Steps to launching a thriving Q&A Community  —  Imagine having a self-governing community of engaged employees answering each others' questions, solving problems, and sharing new ideas!
Zoho Blogs:
Intuit lobbies against small businesses  —  With tax day behind us, small businesses across the country can finally move on to enjoying the warmth of spring.  Unfortunately, the tax system has grown increasingly complex and burdensome for small businesses.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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