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March 22, 2012, 6:40 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 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.
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.
Edward Gay / New Zealand Herald:
Dotcom gets extra $60k, Mercedes  —  Megaupload millionaire Kim Dotcom and his family have been granted a $60,000 a month living allowance.  —  In a minute released today by Justice Judith Potter in the High Court at Auckland, she allowed $20,000 a month to be paid to Dotcom from interest on $10 million worth of Government Bonds.
More: CNET and Media Decoder
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 …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
T-Mobile USA eliminating 1,900 jobs, more to come  —  T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm has sent a memo to his employees today announcing the net elimination of around 1,900 jobs nationwide, primarily resulting from the closure of seven call center facilities located in Allentown, Pennsylvania …
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Seesmic Lays Off Half Its Staff as It Pivots Back to Social Cross-Posting  —  San Francisco start-up Seesmic laid off 18 employees this week, bringing its staff down to 15 people.  —  The layoffs, which happened on Monday, came as part of a shift away from building enterprise social tools …
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Study shows how much information Facebook can mine just from relationship status changes  —  Facebook's data team has released some information which gives a little bit of insight into how relationships change with the seasons.  —  Looking at the Facebook data of US users from 2010 and 2011 …
More: Facebook
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple loses AppleCare appeal in Italian court, must pay $1.2M fine and put notice on packages  —  Apple has lost an appeal in the Italian courts, must pay up on a $1.2M (€900,ooo) fine and add a notice to AppleCare packaging.  The issue at stake is that Apple was charging for its AppleCare warranty …
More: CNET and MacRumors
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.]
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.”
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
U.S. Congress grills 34 iOS developers on compliance with Apple's app privacy policies in official letter  —  The U.S. Congress has begun requesting more information about how iOS developers comply with Apple's privacy policies regarding apps, how they gather information from users and what they do with it afterwards.
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.
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: http://www.techberlin.com/ and GigaOMTweets: @nero
Reuters:
Sarkozy announces crackdown on Internet hate sites  —  (Reuters) - President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday that France would make it a crime to consult Web sites that advocate terrorism or hate crimes and would toughen a crackdown on people who went abroad for ideological indoctrination.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Kiip Lets Any App Reward You With Real-Life Prizes  —  What if you won prizes for getting Likes on Instagram, listening to songs on Pandora, or making Highlight connections around town?  Today Kiip expands its real-world rewards platform to allow giveaways in any type of app, not just games.
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.
Scott Turow / Bloomberg:
Apple Antitrust Suit Would Aid Amazon Book Monopoly  —  Are Apple Inc. (AAPL) and the big trade publishers colluding to manipulate the market in electronic books?  —  The U.S. Justice Department seems to think so, and is said to be near filing an antitrust lawsuit.
More: CNET and TeleRead
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
EBay to sell Rent.com to PRIMEDIA  —  (Reuters) - EBay Inc agreed to sell its Rent.com unit to PRIMEDIA as the company shifts away from classified and listings businesses to focus on other e-commerce and payments efforts.  —  The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter.

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