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March 22, 2012, 5:00 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  —  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 …
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.
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 …
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.”
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:
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.
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.
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 and http://www.techberlin.com/Tweets: @nero
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.
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 …
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 …

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