March 26, 2012, 7:20 AM

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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 …
More: Gizmodo and SlashGear
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 …
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
Amit Runchal / TechCrunch:
All That Cash: On Apple, Twitter And The New Bit Factories  —  Editor's Note: This guest post was written by Amit Runchal, who blogs at Interactioned.  —  The speculation of what Apple is going to do with all their cash has long been a favorite topic in the tech and financial press.
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 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
One Kings Lane: From The LAX Arrivals Terminal To $200M In Revenue  —  As Susan Feldman waited outside the Southwest Airlines arrivals terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in October 2008, she had a nervous feeling in her stomach, which she compares to blind date jitters.
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