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March 27, 2012, 12:45 AM

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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Nano-SIM war: here's what Apple and Nokia want to put in your next phone  —  Last week, Apple and Nokia got into a very public dust-up over the future of the SIM card — a staple in phones all around the world — thanks to a Financial Times article pointing out that the two had filed competing proposals …
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Apple's Siri Gains Traction-For Some Things  —  Siri, how popular are you?  —  New research set to be released this week found that 87% of those who own Apple's iPhone 4S use at least one feature of its Siri virtual assistant monthly.  —  But most usage is across a relatively limited set of functions …
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” …
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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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.
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Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Is It A Condom Or An Android Phone?  —  With so many Android phones coming out, it was only a matter of time before marketers ran out of names for them.  —  We came across this genius table that compares actual Android phone names to actual condom brand names.  —  The results are hilarious.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Microsoft Xbox Live to add Comcast, HBO Go tomorrow  —  The next update to Microsoft's XBox Live service is slated for release this Tuesday, and will include long-awaited applications from some heavy-hitting partners.  Sources tell me that the update will have new content from Comcast's video-on-demand service and HBO Go.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Google Voice eyeing carrier tie-ups beyond Sprint  —  (Credit: Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET)  —  Sprint's reign as the only carrier to integrate Google Voice into its cell phone service could be coming to an end.  —  “We are having discussions with other carriers about this,” …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
High-Profile Firings Could Temper Bing Ad Strategy  —  Hadley, Carver Were Public Faces of Search Engine's Edgy, Envelope-Pushing Marketing  —  Microsoft's's Bing threw itself into the news this past week when it publicly fired two top consumer-marketing executives, Eric Hadley and Sean Carver …
Shayndi Raice / Digits:
Facebook Releases Emails From Zuckerberg's Harvard Days  —  For the first time, Facebook released a trove of emails that were sent between its CEO Mark Zuckerberg and entrepreneur Paul Ceglia. … Facebook's motive in releasing the emails: to quash Ceglia's claims that he is owed 50% of Zuckerberg's stake in the company.
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Yahoo Meme Shutting Down On May 25th  —  This will likely come as no surprise to anyone: Yahoo has announced that it will shut down Yahoo Meme on May 25th.  —  Not familiar with Yahoo Meme?  That was probably the main problem: Not enough familiarity and adoption.
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter launches Promoted Products for small business advertisers who use American Express  —  Twitter has today launched its advertising program specifically aimed at small businesses with an American Express card.  The program appears to be designed as a test run for rolling …
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 …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Google Play gets top billing in Google's black navigation bar  —  Now that the Android Market has been re-branded as “Google Play” the company is wasting no time getting it in front of all of its users the best way it knows how, via the black navigation bar that appears on all of its products.

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