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March 22, 2012, 4:15 PM

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Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
BlackBerry Loses Top Spot to Apple at Home: Corporate Canada  —  Canada's love affair with the BlackBerry is waning.  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) has been ousted from the top spot for smartphone shipments in its home market for the first time, trailing Apple (AAPL) Inc.'s iPhone.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Why is RIM Hiring iOS App Developers?  —  First, Research In Motion opened its highly secure Enterprise servers to Apple's iPhone.  Then it unveiled BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, a enterprise device-management software for it.  —  And now, it appears the company plans to build apps for the iPhone as well.
Richard Barley / Tweetdeck Blog:
TweetDeck Updated: Lists, Activity, Media and more  —  Today, we're releasing a new version of TweetDeck.  This update introduces some great new features as well as a host of smaller improvements and bug fixes.  Check out this video for a quick tour of the updates, and read on for more information.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
MegaUpload's host pleads for cash to preserve user files  —  The cost of hosting 25 petabytes of data belonging to MegaUpload's users is too much for Carpathia Hosting to support on its own.  —  Carpathia said in court filings on Tuesday that the company is dedicating 1,100 servers …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Is Said to Buy 750 IBM Patents to Boost Defenses  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) acquired 750 patents from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), adding intellectual property that may help it counter allegations of patent infringement, a person with knowledge of the transaction said.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Lookout Predicts Americans Lose $30 Billion in Smartphones a Year  —  We've all done it.  You step out on the street after paying for your coffee at Starbucks or handing the cab driver a tip.  Your first natural inclination is to reach in to your pocket, dig out your cellphone and call somebody and say, “hey, I'm on my way.”
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia reclaims title of world's fastest graphics chip with Kepler launch  —  With the debut of its code-named Kepler project, Nvidia is retaking the crown today as the creator of the world's fastest graphics chip.  Most people may not care about that, but hardcore gamers who play the latest games will be happy.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
I can't stop reading this analysis of Gawker's editorial strategy  —  In January, newly minted Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio announced an experiment: Each day for two weeks, a single staff writer would be assigned “traffic-whoring duty.”  [Language alert.]
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Path's Round Is At A $250 Million Pre-Money Valuation Led By Redpoint Ventures  —  We've confirmed rumors from sources close to the company that Path's new round of financing will be at a $250 million pre-money valuation led by Redpoint Ventures.  We're hearing the actual funding amount is about $20 million.
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:
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Have The Samwers Gone Too Far With Their Blatant Amazon Clone Lazada?  —  Try as they might the poor innovative startups of Germany - we're talking guys like Soundcloud, Amen and 6wunderkinder to name just three - still have to deal with their industry's most famous exports being out-and-out cloners.
More: GigaOMTweets: @nero
Marc Chacksfield / Tech Radar:
Sony Music Unlimited app coming to iOS ‘in weeks’  —  COO reveals big move to the land of Apple  —  Coming soon to App Store  —  The COO of the Sony Entertainment Network, Shawn Layden, has revealed that its Music Unlimited service will be coming to iOS devices in the coming weeks.
The Verge:
Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta hands-on  —  Adobe has been dropping preview links to its upcoming version of Photoshop CS6 for months now, even hyping it up with a Rainn Wilson cameo at MAX 2011.  Photoshop CS6 marks one of the app's most drastic visual changes, with a darker visual redesign …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Address Bar Security Issue Found in iOS 5.1 Safari  —  A security firm has discovered a security issue in the iOS 5.1 version of MobileSafari, the most recent version of the operating system that runs on millions of Apple mobile devices.  The behavior was discovered and detailed by David Vieira-Kurz of MajorSecurity.net.

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SimilarWeb:
Does Ello's Sudden Rise In Popularity Herald A New Era Of Social Media?  —  The latest social network to be on the tip of everyone's tongue is the rebellious Ello which launched earlier this year and promises an ad-free experience.
Zoho:
Thank You India!  Your Spirit Made It Happen  —  Our much awaited Zoholics (Nov 20-21) India event just got over, and the response has been amazing.  Thank you for showing such an overwhelming support to our efforts …
Igloo:
All the coding ladies  —  Much has been said about women in technology this week as a result of Barbie once again, letting down the female population (or more appropriately, humankind as a whole) …
 

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