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March 23, 2012, 2:40 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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
What Google Hasn't Done: Explained Why We as Users Would Want a Unified Online Identity  —  After years of providing us with many very good products — search, Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome — Google is now on a mission to turn itself into one big product that understands each of us as one unified person.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
More: Betabeat
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 …
Daniel Rubino / wpcentral:
Report: Nokia paying AT&T for exclusive employee use of the Lumia 900  —  We've heard numerous times that the Nokia Lumia 900 will be a “hero” device for AT&T, a term that is unfamiliar for many who are not in the business of smartphones.  Here, the usage refers to AT&T promoting the Lumia 900 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Facebook asserts trademark on word “book” in new user agreement  —  Facebook has trademarks on its name and many variations of it—including the letter “F”.  The company is expanding its claim over the word “book”.  —  Facebook is trying to expand its trademark rights over the word “book” …
Thanks:@jbrodkin
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.
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 …
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.

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Amazon Web Services:
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Rackspace:
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