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March 28, 2012, 8:15 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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Bloomberg:
Facebook Said to Halt Secondary-Market Share Trading This Week  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) is halting the trading of its shares on secondary markets by the beginning of April as it prepares for an initial public offering, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
Evernote for Android Update: Speech-to-text and Big Widget Enhancements  —  Today, we have an exciting update to Evernote for Android (3.6).  We've added a great speech-to-text capability that makes dictating notes in Evernote really easy, plus we have a bunch of new features for the Evernote Widget app.
Tim Carmody / Wired:
Bigger Than Agency, Bigger Than E-Books: The Case Against Apple and Publishers  —  Screenshot from 2010 Steve Jobs iPad keynote introducing iBooks  —  Apple and five of the “Big Six” trade publishers are reportedly under investigation by the Department of Justice for antitrust violations.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
AT&T promises biggest launch ever for Lumia 900  —  Nokia and AT&T's Lumia 900.  —  (Credit: CNET)  —  AT&T and Nokia are bringing out the big guns when they launch the Lumia 900 next month.  —  “At all levels, this is a notch above anything we've ever done,” AT&T device head Jeff Bradley …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Inside AOL's $1 Billion Patent Portfolio  —  Tim Armstrong has been pumping up AOL's patents in public.  Privately, he has reportedly hired bankers to shop the Web company's portfolio.  —  But what does he have to sell?  At an investor conference this month, Armstrong said that AOL has 700 to 800 …

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