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March 27, 2012, 11:50 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.
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch's Picks: The 10 Best Startups From Y Combinator Demo Day  —  66 startups showed off today at Y Combinator's Demo Day, and we covered all 39 that were ready to for the public.  After talking to VCs and tech moguls, the TechCrunch teamed huddled up and picked these 10 companies as the best.
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 …
Ron Rosenbaum / Smithsonian Magazine:
Richard Clarke on Who Was Behind the Stuxnet Attack  —  America's longtime counterterrorism czar warns that the cyberwars have already begun—and that we might be losing  —  The story Richard Clarke spins has all the suspense of a postmodern geopolitical thriller.
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 …
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.
Shay Pierce / Gamasutra:
Turning down Zynga: Why I opted out of the $210M Omgpop buy  —  [When Zynga paid around $210 million for Draw Something developer Omgpop last week, only one person turned down the offer to join the FarmVille house.  Game designer and programmer Shay Pierce writes how a difference in values drove the decision.]
Preston Gralla / PC World:
Microsoft's Secret Weapon Against Google Maps — Open Source  —  Microsoft is lending big support and big dollars to the open source map project OpenStreetMap, and it looks as if the tactic is starting to pay off.  —  One of the many areas where Google is far ahead of Microsoft is mapping …
Craig Eisler / Kinect for Windows Blog:
What's Ahead: A Sneak Peek  —  The momentum continues for Kinect for Windows.  I am pleased to announce that we will be launching Kinect for Windows in nineteen more countries in the coming months.  We will have availability in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan in late May.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Hasbro Can't Stop Sale Of ‘Transformer Prime’ Tablets  —  In a court ruling that reads at times like a pop culture or consumer gadget review, a federal judge gave tablet maker Asus a green light to sell its “Transformer” tablets.  —  Hasbro filed a lawsuit against Asus late last year …
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.
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google says Google I/O sold out in 20 minutes, will stream keynote and all key sessions live  —  Google's Vic Gundotra has confirmed that Google I/O sold out in just 20 minutes earlier this morning.  We had reported that it was under 30 minutes and it looks like that was correct.
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.
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.

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