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March 26, 2012, 12:50 PM

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Roger Cheng / CNET:
AT&T to sell Nokia Lumia 900 for $100 on April 8  —  Nokia's Lumia 900 smartphone will hit AT&T's store shelves on April 8, a move Nokia hopes will usher a return to the U.S. in a big way.  The phone will sell for $99.99 with a two-year contract, AT&T told CNET.
Jeffrey Meisner / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft and Financial Services Industry Leaders Target Cybercriminal Operations from Zeus Botnets  —  In our most complex effort to disrupt botnets to date, Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit - in collaboration with Financial Services - Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) …
New York Times:
Microsoft Raids Tackle Net Crime  —  SEATTLE — Microsoft employees, accompanied by United States marshals, raided two nondescript office buildings in Pennsylvania and Illinois on Friday, aiming to disrupt one of the most pernicious forms of online crime today — botnets …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple offers royalty-free license to nano-SIM patents, a proposed standard backed by most European carriers  —  Last week, the Financial Times reported that Apple is at loggerheads with Motorola Mobility, RIM and Nokia over a proposed standard called “nano-SIM”, a further miniaturization …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Microsoft apologizes over ‘Smoked by Windows Phone’ controversy, offers winner laptop and phone  —  Microsoft's working quickly to counter backlash it's receiving after denying a user who won a Windows Phone challenge his just reward.  Yesterday, Sahas Katta won a “Smoked by Windows Phone” …
Sahas Katta / Skatter Tech:
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Kim Dotcom: The US Government is Wrong, Here's Why  —  For a man who's the main defendant in one of the biggest criminal cases ever brought in the US, Kim Dotcom is surprisingly composed.  —  The Megaupload founder is convinced of his innocence, and instead of letting fear or anger get to him, he is excited.
More: Betabeat, TechEye and BGR
The Japan Times Online:
Google ordered to suspend autocomplete function over cyber-harassment  —  The Tokyo District Court approved a petition demanding that Google Inc. suspend its autocomplete search feature for Internet browsers after a man alleged that it breached his privacy and got him fired, his lawyer said Sunday.
Reuters:
Tough times in the U.S.-China iPad smuggling game  —  (Reuters) - Early on the morning of March 16, Wong Tat joined a line of about 100 people waiting for the launch of the new iPad in a chilly rain outside an Apple store on the outskirts of San Francisco.  —  When the doors opened …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Apple Phlebotomy  —  The treatment for the blood disease called Polycythemia Vera (the name means “too many red cells") goes back to the Dark Ages: Lance a vein and relieve the patient of a pint of blood.  Phlebotomy treats the symptom but not the condition.  There is no known cure; the blood-letting must be repeated indefinitely.
More: Guardian
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
TiVo Sues Motorola, Time Warner Cable For Infringement  —  TiVo disclosed in an 8-K filing with the SEC this morning that it has filed a patent infringement suit in federal court in Texas against Motorola Mobility and Time Warner Cable.  Motorola had previously filed suit against TiVo with patent infringement claims of its own.
New York Times:
Draw Something Changes the Game Quickly for Omgpop  —  At a cocktail party on the second floor of the expensive Bowery Hotel in Manhattan on Thursday night, as trays of stuffed mushrooms and thinly sliced filet mignon circulated, Charles Forman was marveling at how quickly things can change.
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Trust Buster Takes Hard Line As E-Book Probe Continues  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department's top antitrust official says she won't stand by quietly if companies make agreements with rivals on price, signaling a stern stance as the department conducts a high-profile probe into electronic-book publishing.

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