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March 26, 2012, 4:00 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 …
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Tim Cook Meets With Chinese Officials  —  BEIJING—Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook met Chinese government officials in Beijing Monday, a company spokeswoman said, as the consumer electronics giant faces a legal challenge in China to the iPad trademark and as it looks to further its surging Chinese growth.
More: Bloomberg
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Tim Cook does what Jobs didn't: Visit China as Apple's CEO  —  Tim Cook has been spotted in China, making him the first Apple CEO to visit the world's most populous country, sparking a media frenzy among a nation that is already obsessed by Apple.  —  The Apple CEO was spotted by Sina Weibo users …
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 …
Mikael Ricknas / Computerworld:
Nokia lashes out at Apple's royalty-free nano-SIM  —  Apple's royalty-free nano-SIM is an empty promise, because the company doesn't have any essential patents related to its nano-SIM proposal, a Nokia spokesman said on Monday.  The two companies are fighting over which proposal will be used …
More: The Verge and MacNN
Sahas Katta / Skatter Tech:
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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Apple tipped to further distance itself from Google with the inclusion of China's Baidu in iOS  —  Apple's impending divorce from Google is about to take another step towards a split, according to suggestions in China that iOS may soon get local search support.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
FTC Calls for “Privacy by Design”  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today released a set of recommendations for businesses and Congress about the collection and use of consumers' personal data.  —  This framework (PDF) has been in the works for years, and in the meantime …
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.
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 …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Colourlovers Buys Forrst to Build an Etsy for Digital Bling  —  Creative community Colourlovers has acquired another creative community called Forrst in a bid to create the preeminent place on the Web where creative types can come together, make pretty things, help each other get better …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
A Year Later, $41 Million Startup Color Has A Pathetic 30,000 Daily Users  —  About a year ago, serial entrepreneur Bill Nguyen shocked the startup world when he announced his latest effort, a company called Color, had raised $41 million out of the gate in order to build yet-another iPhone photography app.
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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

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