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March 25, 2012, 7:20 PM

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Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Amid Privacy Concerns, Apple Has Started Rejecting Apps That Access UDIDs  —  Amid extra scrutiny from Congress around privacy issues, Apple this week has started rejecting apps that access UDIDs, or identification numbers that are unique to every iPhone and iPad.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sean Parker And Shawn Fanning's New Social Video Startup Airtime Staffs Up For Launch  —  A few weeks ago at SXSW, Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning briefly mentioned — during a talk about another company they co-founded, Napster — that they were working on a new social video startup called Airtime.
More: Lost Remote and Business InsiderTweets: @mikeraysThanks:@ingridlunden
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Instagram opens registration for its new Android app  —  We knew that Instagram was coming to Android, it was just a matter of when.  Today, the company has opened registration for Android device owners, providing them with the chance to be ‘first in line’.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
The Google Play problem: paying for ‘Angry Birds’ with battery life instead of money  —  Earlier this week, a report came out showing that some apps on Android use more than twice the power they actually need because they're running ads.  Angry Birds in particular was called out …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Appoints Three New Directors in a Smack to Activist Shareholder (Like I Said!)  —  Updated: 3:59 p.m. with comments from Third Point.  —  Yahoo said it had appointed three new directors today, a move that is a direct strike back at activist shareholder Dan Loeb of Third Point and his alternate slate of directors.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Klout and PeerIndex Don't Measure Influence.  Brian Solis Explains What They Actually Do  —  Whether you like it not, Klout, Kred, PeerIndex, and Radian6 are measuring your social capital — not your influence but your potential for it.  Altimeter Group's principal analyst Brian Solis today releases …
TechCrunch:
The Future Of The Virtual Personal Assistant  —  Norman Winarsky is the Vice President of Ventures and Bill Mark is the Vice President of the Information Computing Sciences Division at SRI International.  Norman and Bill helped found the Siri venture, of which Norman was also a Board member.
Farhad Manjoo / PandoDaily:
Why “Don't Be Evil” Is Evil, and Why Google Isn't So Bad  —  Early in 2000, a tiny but much-beloved search company held an employee meeting to figure out something that all successful firms feel they have to face at a certain point: What should we be about?  —  For most companies …
More: parislemon and WebProNewsTweets: @dannysullivan and @mat
Joel Schectman / Wall Street Journal:
Feds Will Require Contractors to Recycle E-Waste  —  The U.S. government is about to bar contractors who use computers bought with federal dollars from dumping the devices in landfills, an official said on Wednesday.  —  The new rule, which has not yet been released publicly, will be issued soon and take effect within 90 days.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook The Patent Buyer: Even Before IBM, The List Includes HP, Friendster, BT... And Halliburton  —  Facebook, according to reports, is buying up a boatload of patents from IBM — 750 in all — that will help the company shore up against potential legal attacks from Yahoo and other companies claiming …
Thanks:@saurini
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Twitter reportedly chooses Berlin for its German HQ  —  According to a report from Focus today, Twitter has chosen Berlin as the location for its German HQ.  —  In January, the company's Executive Chairman, Jack Dorsey said at the DLD conference in Munich that it was hiring in Germany.
More: Bloomberg

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