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March 22, 2012, 1:40 PM

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Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Is Pinterest the next Facebook?  —  An exclusive look inside CEO Ben Silbermann's social media sensation.  —  FORTUNE — Ben Silbermann can't stop staring at the refrigerators.  The Pinterest co-founder and CEO and I are standing in the break room of his company's garage-size Palo Alto office.
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On These Rumors of a 4.6-Inch iPhone Display  —  Reuters: … Lots of attention on this rumor, but no one seems to be pointing out that if it's true, this new iPhone would need way more pixels than the current 960 × 640 iPhone display.  That means every app in the App Store would need to be redesigned/resized.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Teases us with a Peek at an Advanced TV Remote  —  As rumors swirl and dance about in the blogosphere about Apple's coming HDTV, an Apple patent application pops up just in time to tease us about some of the possible new features that their TV remote may offer.
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: GigaOM
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.
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.
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:
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Senate Passes Crowdfunding Bill With Added Protections for Non-Accredited Investors  —  The U.S. Senate today approved 73-26 an amended version of legislation that will legalize “crowdfunding,” or equity investments in start-ups by the general public.  —  The CROWDFUND Act adds requirements …
Yew Jin Lim / Docs Blog:
Spell checking powered by the web  —  One of my early projects at Google was to improve the suggestions that are made when a query is misspelled in Google Search.  The neat thing about that system is that it's adaptive: our suggestions get smarter and smarter based on the words Googlebot sees as it explores the web.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Western Union Gets Into Online Payments, Launches PayNearMe Competitor WU Pay  —  Money transfer service Western Union is launching a new online payments platform, called WU Pay, that allows consumers to pay for goods online by using your bank's online bill pay service (similar to the way you pay …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon, Eucalyptus team up for just don't call it a hybrid cloud  —  On paper it looks like one of those strategic agreements that large companies sign-up with small startups.  But if you look close enough, you will find that by forging a partnership with Santa Barbara …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Confirmed: Path Has Closed A Round At A $250 Million Pre-Money Valuation Led By Redpoint Ventures  —  We've confirmed rumors that Path, Dave Morin's mobile social network, has closed a new round of financing at a $250 million pre-money valuation led by Redpoint Ventures.
Aldrin Calimlim / App Advice:
Displaying Soon: Air Display Update For The New iPad's Retina Display  —  If you're familiar with Avatron Software's Air Display app for iOS, you're probably wondering why its iPad app hasn't been updated yet to display stunning Retina graphics on the new iPad.
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.]
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Upcoming Google Music Features  —  Google Music's source code includes a few references to some new features.  There's a Music Labs page that will probably include new ways to organize and visualize your songs.  “Google Play music player labs is a testing ground for experimental features that aren't quite ready for primetime.
Lee Chyen Yee / Reuters:
Foxconn International swings to 2011 net profit  —  (Reuters) - Foxconn International Holdings Ltd (2038.HK), the world's biggest contract manufacturer of cellphones, swung to a net profit in 2011 as key clients such as Nokia Oyj (NOK1V.HE) and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd HWT.UL shifted to higher-end smartphones.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Windows 8 Is Retina-Ready  —  All the talk these days is of the new iPad and its magical screen.  Apple isn't the only one who can do that, you know.  In fact, most display makers are looking forward to post-HD resolutions as one of the big selling points of the next generation of displays.
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.
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