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March 22, 2012, 10:00 AM

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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.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Pinterest Has Hired The Man Who Came Up With The ‘Blueprint’ For Facebook's Monetization  —  Pinterest took a key step to transforming itself from a social phenomenon into a real business.  —  It hired Tim Kendall, formerly of Facebook, to figure out how to monetize its rapidly growing users base …
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:
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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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.
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.
More: PadGadget
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
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.
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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Rovio launches Angry Birds Space, crashes on to iOS, Android, PC and Mac from 99¢  —  In the past few moments, Finnish design studio Rovio has pushed the button and finally launched the next instalment in the Angry Birds franchise — Angry Birds Space.  —  Launching on the App Store …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Ad Tech Startup Integrate Raises $11M, With Backing From Comcast  —  Integrate, a startup that helps advertisers integrate (yes, I said it) their different ad channels and products, has raised an $11 million Series B round of funding.  —  Co-founder Jeremy Bloom says the current ad landscape is …
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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