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March 22, 2012, 1:00 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  —  Cross-posted on the Twitter blog.  —  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 …
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 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:
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 …
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.”
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:
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia retakes crown 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 about it.
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 …
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 most famous exports being out-and-out cloners.
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.
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 …
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.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Nokia drops another 1,000 employees, Finnish plant focusing on software  —  To say it's been a rough year for Nokia would be a huge understatement.  And things are only going to get worse before they get better.  Case in point: the company just finalized an agreement to cut up to another 1,000 jobs …
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 …
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 …
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.
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines Blog:
Whitman to shareholders: ‘HP matters’  —  Summary: HP CEO Meg Whitman told shareholders that the company still has many of the things that made it a winner.  It's just got to lose the flab and get back in the game.  —  Don't listen to them, baby.  You still got it.  —  Pick yourself up.

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