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March 24, 2012, 1:40 AM

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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:
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 …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Store swapping rival smartphones for Windows Phones in latest ‘Smoked’ challenge  —  Microsoft is turning its $100 “Smoked by Windows Phone” campaign into a $1,000 challenge at its retail stores across the US this weekend.  Visitors can walk into a Microsoft Store between noon …
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
New iPhone (iPhone 5,1) coming fall 2012 with LTE, similar sized screen  —  While Apple has only just released the new iPad, iMore has already started to hear more about the next generation iPhone (iPhone 5,1).  We previously reported that Apple was working to reduce the size …
Rafe Needleman / CNET:
Box.Net became a .Com for just shy of a million bucks  —  CEO Aaron Levie got lucky: The company that owned the .com of his company name wanted a lot, but not as much as they could have got.  —  Just Box.  —  I just had a nice talk with Aaron Levie, the CEO of Box.net.  I mean, Box.
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.
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM to Give Developers Prototypes of New BlackBerry in May  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) plans to give software developers prototypes of a new BlackBerry in early May, signaling RIM is a step closer to the debut of a handset it's betting on to revive slumping sales.
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.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Pinterest revises terms of service, gives up right to sell your content  —  The providers of an inspiration service turned inward for some much-needed inspiration of their own, and have updated their terms of service following feedback from community members.
Scott McCartney / Wall Street Journal:
To Tweet From 30,000 Feet: Picking Planes Wired for Wi-Fi  —  More passengers are downloading books, sending Tweets and updating their Facebook pages in the middle of a flight—even as they complain about steep prices.  —  Currently, about 1,700 planes in the U.S. have Internet access …
More: PadGadget
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Thanks to Google Voice, you can now make phone calls from within Google+ Hangouts  —  The Google+ team continues to graduate features from its sandbox into prime time for its Hangouts product.  Last week, the company announced the addition of Google Docs into Hangouts, and today the service …
More: CNET and WebProNewsThanks:@tweepsmap
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Groupon Acquires FeeFighters, The BillShrink For Business Services  —  FeeFighters, a three-year old comparison shopping site for credit card processors , is announcing today it has been acquired by Groupon.  The Chicago-based startup, which provides businesses with a way to find …
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” …
More: WebProNews and TechdirtThanks:@jbrodkin
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Shopping For Zero-Days: A Price List For Hackers' Secret Software Exploits  —  This story accompanies a profile of the French exploit-selling firm Vupen in the April 9th issue of Forbes magazine.  —  A clever hacker today has to make tough choices.  Find a previously unknown method …

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