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March 27, 2012, 12:50 PM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Drive: Finally coming this April  —  Google's online storage service, rumored to be called GDrive is the like the wolf in the fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  Well, after long history of false alarms, the storage drive might just see the day in early April, according to my well placed sources familiar with company's plans.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
New Wi-Fi iPad Cleared for Sale in China  —  Apple's new iPad has been cleared for sale in mainland China, and could debut there as soon as next month.  —  The China Quality Certification Center recently approved the Wi-Fi version of the device for sale in the country …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Angry Birds creator Rovio acquires Futuremark Games Studio  —  Angry Birds publisher Rovio Entertainment has acquired its fellow Finnish game development house, Futuremark Games Studio, in order to get some new talent.  —  Rovio, which just launched its Angry Birds Space mobile game blockbuster …
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.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Bluestacks' new beta lets you run almost any Android app on Windows  —  Bluestacks' grand vision of letting you run Android apps on Windows is one step closer to reality.  The company today has released a free beta version of its software, which now supports most of Android's 450,000 apps.
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.
Associated Press:
Australia bans China's Huawei from working on Internet network amid security worries  —  CANBERRA, Australia — Australia has banned Chinese technology giant Huawei from bidding to help build a nationwide high-speed Internet network due to concern about cyber attacks traced to China.
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Telenav ‘Scout for Apps’ offers free, HTML5-based voice navigation to developers  —  Telenav may have an increasingly difficult time justifying its existence as a turn-by-turn smartphone navigation software provider in the age of Google Maps and Nokia Maps, but it's not going down without a fight.

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