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March 27, 2012, 8:40 PM

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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple: iPad Battery Nothing to Get Charged Up About  —  While the new iPad has come under some criticism for the way it handles battery charging, Apple says the device operates in the same manner as past iOS devices.  —  The source of the confusion stems from how Apple manages the charging process …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Drive: Finally coming this April  —  Google's online storage service, rumored to be called GDrive is 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.
Larry Hryb / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Comcast XFINITY TV, HBO GO and MLB.TV now available on Xbox LIVE  —  Today three major entertainment apps are now available for Xbox LIVE Gold members - Comcast XFINITY TV, HBO GO and MLB.TV, all with Kinect integration.  Here are the highlights.  —  Comcast launched the XFINITY TV …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
At Y Combinator's Biggest Demo Day Yet, Mobile Is Taking Over  —  There are plenty of observations to be made about Y Combinator's Demo Day.  It's the biggest ever, with 66 companies in this Winter class.  It's more diverse than past years, with many companies being led by women and people of color.
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Google to launch third-party commenting platform to rival Facebook  —  Google is about to launch a new commenting system that will tie into the search giant's Google+ platform, web services and web search, a source close to the product's development confirmed with The Next Web
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Microsoft's secret weapon against Google Maps — open source  —  One of the many areas where Google is far ahead of Microsoft is mapping, with Google Maps by far the dominant map service on the Internet.  Microsoft is employing an under-the-radar approach to fighting back …
Chris Nerney / ITworld.com:
Former cybersecurity czar: Every major U.S. company has been hacked by China  —  Richard Clarke says evidence ‘pretty strong’ that China is stealing commercial secrets  —  Former White House cybersecurity advisor Richard Clarke has made a career out of issuing security warnings.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
The President now pinning on Pinterest  —  Hello, Pinterest?  The President is calling.  —  Taking inspiration from the legions of web denizens (and potential voters) already hip to the pinning craze, U.S. President Barack Obama is now sharing his collection of favorite politically themed things and family recipes on Pinterest.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
‘Harry Potter’ ebooks finally available for all major e-readers at Pottermore.com  —  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final novel in a fantasy book series that you may have heard of, was released almost five years ago.  However, digitally-inclined readers haven't been able to purchase Harry Potter ebooks — until today.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
iPhone with LTE could be offered by Sprint, CFO says  —  The Dow Jones reports that Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer said today at an investor conference that the company is free to offer a potential future Apple iPhone using 4G LTE, though he didn't say explicitly whether Apple had such an iPhone planned.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Feds to carriers: Let's share the airwaves  —  Updated.  Federal spectrum managers on Tuesday recommended that a huge chunk of spectrum used by the 20 government agencies be made available to commercial mobile operations - a move that is sure to please carriers claiming to be strapped for airwaves.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Looking for Work?  Facebook Wants Salesmen, Google Wants Product People.  —  Neither Facebook or Google are in the habit of laying out their corporate road maps for outsiders.  But you can get a decent sense of what they're planning by looking at their job postings, which they helpfully post on LinkedIn.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Bootstrapped Is Better?  Smugmug's Camera Awesome Crosses 4M Downloads, Adds Instagram Support  —  Here's a tale of two photo apps.  One has 27 million users after a year and a half, and comes from a company with 13 employees and $7.5 million in venture funding.  But there's nary a revenue model in sight.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Groupon Is Hiring An Army Of Engineers In Silicon Valley  —  Groupon, which already has about 200 engineers working out of its Palo Alto office, is looking to hire as many as 100 more, boosting the Chicago-based company's headcount out West, the company tells us.
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:
Hacker group LulzSec reborn, exposes 171,000 military accounts  —  The hacker group LulzSec appears to be back, and it went after the military for its first cyber attack in 2012.  (LulzSec Reborn / March 27, 2012)  —  The hacker group known as LulzSec appears to be back after many months of laying low …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen victim of identity theft  —  Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has become the subject of identity theft, with a an AWOL U.S. soldier in Pittsburgh charged with changing the address on a Seattle bank account owned by Allen and attempting to redirect funds to a personal account.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
First Look: OnTheAir's Video Call-In Show Platform Makes Hangouts and Ustream Seem Static  —  Google Hangouts only allows ten viewers to participate and Ustream allows zero, but with OnTheAir, anyone watching a live stream can video chat with the host in front of the audience.
Lauren Rae Orsini / Daily Dot:
A Pinterest spammer tells all  —  Last week, the Daily Dot taught you how to spot a Pinterest spammer.  Now that same spammer has spotted us.  —  After he read our article about his process of spamming Pinterest through thousands of bot accounts, Steve, who declined to give his last name …

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