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March 28, 2012, 5:15 PM

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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 …
Dan Graziano / BGR:
iPhone passcode security can be bypassed in less than two minutes [video]  —  As a standard security measure, Apple's iPhone can be set to require a four-digit passcode whenever the phone's screen is powered on in order to prevent unauthorized access.  With passcode security enabled …
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Andreas Tuerk / The Official Google Blog:
Giving you more insight into your Google Account activity  —  Every day we aim to make technology so simple and intuitive that you stop thinking about it—we want Google to work so well, it just blends into your life.  But sometimes it's helpful to step back and take stock of what you're doing online.
Reuters:
Face time with Facebook CEO stirs concerns on Wall Street  —  (Reuters) - Mark Zuckerberg wants at least $5 billion from Wall Street investors, but those investors will not be getting much face time in return.  —  The Facebook co-founder and CEO made that clear when he skipped …
Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Steve Jobs wasn't a fan of the Siri name  —  Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending Technori Pitch, a monthly event where Chicago-based start-ups can showcase what they've been working on.  The keynote speaker for the evening was none other than Dag Kittlaus, one of the co-founders of Siri.
Jodi Gralnick / CNBC:
iPod Nation: Half of US Homes Own Apple Products  —  Half of all U.S. households own at least one Apple product, according to CNBC's All-America Economic survey.  —  That's more than 55 million homes with at least one iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac computer.  And one-in-10 homes that aren't currently …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Apple Doesn't Need To Make the TV of the Future  —  The revolution is already here—and it's called the Xbox.  —  If the rumors are true, Apple will release a television set later this year that it will tout as the most amazing boob tube ever invented.  Apple's TV will be able to access shows …
Jack Halprin / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Apps Vault Brings Information Governance to Google Apps  —  Today we're announcing the availability of Google Apps Vault (Vault) for Google Apps for Business customers.  Vault is an easy-to-use and cost-effective solution for managing information critical to your business and preserving important data.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo-Geddon: Leaders to Debate Layoffs, Asset Sales, Search Deals and More Today, as a Major Restructuring Looms  —  What is Yahoo?  —  While that has been the perennially unanswered question at the Silicon Valley Internet giant for many years, according to dozens of sources inside and outside the company …
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Bolsters Ties With China's Leadership  —  BEIJING—Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook met with senior Chinese leader Li Keqiang this week, in the strongest signal yet that the company is strengthening ties in a market it long neglected.  —  The executive met with Mr. Li on Tuesday …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Google proposes Android revenue for Oracle: filing  —  (Reuters) - Google is willing to pay Oracle a percentage of Android revenue on two patents if Oracle succeeds in proving patent infringement at an upcoming trial over the Java programming language, according to a court filing.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Images: Amazon's tower plan, Seattle's new skyline  —  Here are renderings of the three towers and campus that Amazon wants to build in downtown Seattle, giving the company its first company-owned headquarters facility.  —  These images are renderings submitted to the city for design review yesterday.
BBC:
Unreal games engine licensed to FBI and other US agencies  —  Mass Effect 3 is one of the games based on Epic Games' Unreal 3 engine  —  The Unreal computer games engine is being licensed to the FBI and other US government agencies.  —  The software - which powers titles including Batman …
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 …
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
The Next PlayStation is Called Orbis, Sources Say.  Here are the Details.  —  While the official reveal of Sony's next home console could still be months away, if not longer, Kotaku has today learned some important details concerning the PlayStation 3's successor.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Finally Gets the Green Light from USPTO for iTunes Logo  —  On March 28, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office officially published Apple's registered trademark status for the iTunes logo.  Apple officially filed for the iTunes logo on June 17, 2010.
Ben Popper / VentureBeat:
Turn your tweets into toilet paper with the new startup, S**tter  —  What if you could take all those tweets you blast out during the day and ruminate on them in a place where your mind is free to wander and relax.  Introducing S**tter, a new startup that, for just $35, will turn your tweet stream into four rolls of toilet paper.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Samsung reports 5 million Galaxy Notes shipped, will launch in Japan on April 6th with LTE  —  Sure, the Galaxy Note is beloved by elephants, but how is it doing in the real world?  Not too bad, it turns out: Samsung has announced it has moved 5 million units of the device since its launch last October.
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 …
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James Grimmelmann / Ars Technica:
Feature: Death of a data haven: cypherpunks, WikiLeaks, and the world's smallest nation  —  A few weeks ago, Fox News breathlessly reported that the embattled WikiLeaks operation was looking to start a new life on the sea.  WikiLeaks, the article speculated, might try to escape its legal troubles …
Timothy Lord / Slashdot:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to SlashdotTV!  (Video)  —  You may have noticed that we've posted quite a few original videos on Slashdot in the past few months.  Rather than being the work of a few rogue editors with newly-acquired Christmas cameras, this was part of the groundwork for a new site we're launching today.

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