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March 28, 2012, 8:15 AM

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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 …
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.
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Microsoft Unveils New Plan to Speed Up the Web  —  Microsoft wants in on the drive to speed up the web.  The company plans to submit its proposal for a faster internet protocol to the standards body charged with creating HTTP 2.0.  —  Not coincidentally, that standards body …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Here's How Law Enforcement Cracks Your iPhone's Security Code (Video)  —  Set your iPhone to require a four-digit passcode, and it may keep your private information safe from the prying eyes of the taxi driver whose cab you forget it in.  But if law enforcement is determined to see the data you've stored …
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RapidShare Declared Legal In Court, With a Twist  —  In the aftermath of the Megaupload shutdown, people have been keeping a close eye on court cases involving other file-hosting services, RapidShare included.  —  During the past several years RapidShare has made tremendous efforts to cooperate …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Anatomy of a leak: how iPhones spill the ID of networks they access  —  An Ars story from earlier this month reported that iPhones expose the unique identifiers of recently accessed wireless routers, which generated no shortage of reader outrage.  What possible justification does Apple …
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.
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.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
A Surge in Learning the Language of the Internet  —  Parlez-vous Python?  What about Rails or JavaScript?  Foreign languages tend to wax and wane in popularity, but the language du jour is computer code.  —  The market for night classes and online instruction in programming and Web construction …
More: Gizmodo
Pamela Parker / Search Engine Land:
Google Research: Even If You Rank #1 Organically, You Can Double Your Clicks With Paid Search  —  When marketers have scrutinized Google's research on how organic and paid search results work together — the search giant concluded that nixing the paid ads would result in a 89% drop in clicks — it's been clear there's more to the story.
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Mass BitTorrent Lawsuits Return to the UK  —  Speculative invoicing - the practice of claiming people pirated files on BitTorrent, listing hundreds or thousands of people in one case to get details, then harassing them outside the courts for payment - was thought to be dead in the UK, after ACS:law collapsed last year.
More: Techdirt and Telegraph
Leigh Beadon / Techdirt:
Patents Threaten To Silence A Little Girl, Literally  —  Slashdot points us to a sad story from blogger Dana Nieder, providing yet more evidence of how patent monopolies can hold back innovation and do very real damage to people's lives in the process—and how people are interested in progress, not patents.
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Flat-Panel TV Sales Flatten in U.S.  —  After years of consecutive growth, flat-panel TV sales in the U.S. are beginning to stall out.  —  Market research firm IHS iSuppli said Tuesday that U.S.-bound shipments of flat-panel TVs will drop 5 percent in 2012, slipping to 37.1 million units from 39.1 million units in 2011.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The technical and legal realities of Comcast's Xbox cap spat  —  Comcast said Monday that the content streamed over Microsoft's Xbox won't count against user's 250 gigabyte monthly usage cap prompting outrage among cap-hating websites and consumer groups.  But the reality of the situation is that Comcast is within its rights.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Consumer Group Turns The Screws In Euro Google Antitrust Investigation, Outcome Expected ‘In Days’  —  The European antitrust investigation of Google, originally filed November 2010, looks like it might be entering the next stage of its development.  —  The European Consumer Organisation …
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 …
BBC:
Amazon's Kindle Touch comes to Europe, but no Fire news  —  Amazon is launching a touchscreen version of its Kindle e-reader in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.  —  The Kindle Touch will be available for delivery from 27 April, five months after it went on sale in the 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 …

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