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March 26, 2012, 8:35 PM

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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” …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Comcast: Xbox 360 On Demand streams won't count against data caps  —  It looks as if Comcast is preparing to move from a limited beta test to a wide release for its long-promised Xbox Live streaming video app, with some details appearing on the company's support pages.
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 …
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.
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 …
Jeffrey Meisner / The Official Microsoft Blog:

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