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March 26, 2012, 11:40 AM

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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.
Paul Thurrott's / SuperSite for Windows:
AT&T Continues To Harm Windows Phone Users  —  On Monday, AT&T will announce the availability of the eagerly-awaited Nokia Lumia 900, a high-end yet inexpensive device that the company's sales agents are allegedly drooling over internally.  Selected as Microsoft's premier carrier partner for Windows Phone …
Sahas Katta / Skatter Tech:
I Won The Windows Phone Challenge, But Lost “Just Because”  —  I headed down to the Santa Clara Microsoft Store this morning after hearing about the Windows Phone challenge last night.  For those not familiar, anyone who completes a task faster than a Windows Phone on their own smart phone …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Card Case Adds More Merchant Discovery, Social Features To iOS And Android; Becomes ‘Pay With Square’  —  Square's consumer-focused loyalty and mobile payments app Card Case, which debuted in 2011, has been pushing the envelope when it comes to the future of payments, allowing for hands-free …
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.

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