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March 27, 2012, 10:20 AM

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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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Decorates Its Roof With A 42-Foot Wide QR Code  —  When Mark Zuckerberg called for a “Space Hackathon” to decorate Facebook's massive new headquarters at 1 Hacker Way, he probably didn't expect employees to take him so literally.  A few scurried up to the roof with some tar paint …
Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:
Why Youth Has An Advantage In Innovation & Why You Want To Be A Learn-It-All  —  A few relevant scenes from the recent blockbuster Moneyball:  —  Peter Brand: Billy, Pena is an All Star.  Okay?  And if you dump him and this Hatteberg thing doesn't work out the way that we want it to …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Net neutrality concerns raised about Comcast's Xbox On Demand service  —  Monday's announcement that traffic generated by Comcast's new Xbox streaming video service would not count against the cable giant's 250GB monthly data cap drew swift denunciation from the network neutrality advocates at Public Knowledge.
More: 9.blog and Gizmodo
Rocky Agrawal / VentureBeat:
Square adds encryption to its Square reader  —  The old (unopened) reader is on the left; the new reader is on the right, with encryption and a battery.  —  Square has added encryption technology to its Square reader.  —  Competitor VeriFone tried to drum up sentiment against Square …
More: Betabeat
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
Not So Hot: New iPad Heat Levels Comparable to Android Tablets  —  PCWorld Labs tests show heat dissipation is a universal tablet problem.  —  So much for “heatgate.”  We've all seen the reports this week indicating that the new iPad runs hotter than its predecessor, the iPad 2.
Reuters:
Special Report: The Sony Schism  —  (Reuters) - The Bellagio casino-hotel in Las Vegas hosted a shotgun wedding in January.  The bride and groom had met just a couple hours earlier; she wore a skimpy dress, he was in powder blue coattails.  —  The ceremony was actually a PR stunt.
Enda Curran / Digits:
Australia's Watchdog Alleges Apple Misled On iPad  —  Australia's consumer watchdog Tuesday alleged that Apple Inc. made misleading claims regarding 4G capability in the promotion of its new third generation iPad product in Australia.  —  The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission …
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Big venture firm raises the networking stakes  —  (Reuters) - Andreessen Horowitz, a three-year-old venture capital firm, has made a big mark in Silicon Valley partly through the sheer scale of its endeavors, with big funds totaling some $2.7 billion and big investments in high-profile companies …
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,” …
New York Times:
Symantec Dissolves Alliance with Huawei of China  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Less than four years after Huawei Technologies and Symantec teamed up to develop computer network security products, the joint venture is being dismantled because Symantec feared the alliance with the Chinese company …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Microsoft seizes servers in Zeus cyberfraud  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp claimed a victory in efforts to combat online banking fraud, saying it had confiscated several servers used to steal login names and passwords, disrupting some of the world's most sophisticated cybercrime rings.
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.
More: bub.blicio.usTweets: @tristanwalker
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.
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
HP, Oracle seek pretrial victories in Itanium battle  —  Summary: HP and Oracle both seek a pretrial win in the upcoming Itanium case, over whether Oracle can end its software support for the heavy-duty Intel chip.  —  The spat between HP and Oracle continues, with both sides seeking …

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