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March 23, 2012, 1:25 PM

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Erin Egan / Facebook:
Protecting Your Passwords and Your Privacy  —  In recent months, we've seen a distressing increase in reports of employers or others seeking to gain inappropriate access to people's Facebook profiles or private information.  This practice undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user's friends.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Facebook says it may launch legal action against employers who ask for user passwords  —  With news of employers, colleges and government agencies requesting the Facebook login details of prospective employees and students, Facebook has issued a statement on the matter, highlighting …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Senator drafting bill to prevent potential employers from requiring Facebook logins  —  If the thought of being asked by a prospective employer for your Facebook and Twitter login credentials makes you uneasy, you're not alone.  Senator Richard Blumenthal has announced that he's working …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Rovio working on Angry Birds Space for WP -CEO  —  (Reuters) - Finnish gaming firm Rovio is working on getting its new Angry Birds Space game to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform (WP7), its chief executive said on Friday, dismissing earlier media reports which said the top gaming firm was dumping the platform.
Pew Internet:
The Future of Apps and Web  —  A high-impact cover story in Wired magazine in 2010 asserted in its title: “The Web Is Dead.  Long Live the Internet.”  1 Authors Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff argued that the World Wide Web was “in decline” and “apps” were in ascendance.
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Insight: Samsung: “fast executioner” seeks killer design  —  (Reuters) - When Samsung Electronics rushed its first smartphone to market in a panicky response to the smash-hit debut of the Apple iPhone, some customers burned the product on the streets or hammered it to bits in public displays of disaffection.
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
The Case Against Google  —  For the last two months, you've seen some version of the same story all over the Internet: Delete your search history before Google's new privacy settings take effect.  A straightforward piece outlining a rudimentary technique, but also evidence that the search titan has a serious trust problem on its hands.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPads keep charging for “up to” an hour after display shows 100%  —  iPad users who want to ensure they're getting a full charge every time they plug in should wait up to an hour after the device shows 100 percent.  That's according to Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, creator of DisplayMate and author …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Best Buy Is Selling Nearly as Many iPhones as Apple Itself  —  Apple's move to make Best Buy an outlet for the iPhone back in 2008 is proving a wise one — lucrative, too.  —  Over the past few years, the retail chain has become an increasingly important outlet for Apple, extending its reach and distribution via its 1,100 stores.
J.J. Colao / Forbes:
Going Viral: How Codecademy Snagged 200,000 Users in Seven Days  —  At 3 a.m. one night in mid-December last year, Zach Sims, the 21-year-old CEO of Codecademy, took a break from answering emails and spent $8.95 on the domain name “codeyear.com.”  Sims, whose company offers interactive online lessons …
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Disconnect: Ex-Googlers Raise Funding To Stop Google, Facebook & More From Tracking Your Data  —  In the age of endless sharing, super cookies, social search results, and that ever-present social graph, it's comforting to know that there are some who are still prioritizing privacy.
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Spotify Is Raising At A Stunning $3.5 Billion Valuation, Multiple VCs Say  —  All-you-can eat music service Spotify is raising another big round of funding, and it is asking investors to value the company somewhere around $3.5 billion, multiple Silicon Valley investors tell us.
Dan Sung / Pocket-lint:
Google won't be top dog forever says father of the Internet  —  EXCLUSIVE: Vint Cerf speaks to Pocket-lint  —  The man known as one of the fathers of the internet says Google won't be the defacto standard for search forever.  —  Vint Cerf, a vice-president at the Mountain View-based company …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Amazon Man Questions Logic of Apple Solar Farm  —  Apple is building a 100-acre solar farm to help power its massive data center in Maiden, North Carolina.  But Amazon data-center guru James Hamilton questions whether this actually makes sense.  In a recent blog post, Hamilton …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Seamless Founder Jason Finger Joins IAC as CEO of CityGrid Media  —  This morning, Seamless founder Jason Finger, legend of Silicon Alley, sent an email out to friend with subject line “Back in the saddle...” It seems the Silicon Valley vet has taken up the reins at CityGrid Media and will join IAC's local listings website network.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iTunes Movie Trailers App Updated for iPad Retina Display  —  Apple has updated their iTunes Movie Trailers App with support for the new iPad's Retina Display.  The trailers app mirrors the content on Apple's own Movie Trailers site and offers a good showcase of the iPad's new screen.
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Facebook Sets High Asking Price for Log-Out Ads: $700K a Day  —  Seeks to Tap Big Display Dollars on Eve of IPO  —  Facebook's new log-out ads are big, splashy and the closest thing to a traditional banner ad the social network has ever produced.  They're also pricey …
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
ValCom sues Megaupload for up to $900 million in damages  —  ValCom, developers of mass notification communication systems like the ones used in schools and businesses during emergencies, has just filled a law suit against Megaupload.com.  The suit is an attempt to secure some of the millions …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Path is growing faster in Asia than the West, says founder Dave Morin  —  Path founder Dave Morin has shed light on the service's growing international appeal after revealing that its userbase is increasing at a more rapid rate in Asia than in Western markets.
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Jessica Dye / Reuters:
Oracle investor sues over $200 million settlement  —  (Reuters) - An Oracle Corp. investor sued the company and members of its board of directors on Thursday for allegedly trying to “stonewall” a whistleblower lawsuit that ultimately resulted in a $200 million settlement.

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