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March 29, 2012, 9:05 PM

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Iain Marlow / Globe and Mail:
RIM begins laying off high-level staff: source  —  Research In Motion Ltd.'s RIM-T new CEO Thorsten Heins has begun getting rid of high-level staff at the troubled smartphone giant, according to a source close to the company.  —  Ahead of RIM reporting fourth-quarter and year-end financial results …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RIM reports Q4 miss; Balsillie resigns as director, CTO and COO both out  —  With expectations at an all-time low and analysts lowering estimates left and right, Research In Motion on Thursday reported its results for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2012.  RIM posted a surprising beat …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
RIM reports fiscal fourth quarter earnings: $125m loss on $4.2b revenue  —  RIM has just announced its earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter of 2012, and as expected, they're not good: the company lost $125 million before adjustments on revenue of $4.2 billion.  —  Developing...
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Sell Tablets on Its Own This Year  —  Google Inc., undaunted by a short-lived attempt to sell a smartphone on its own, is now pushing into Apple's iPad market.  —  The Internet search company is planning to market and sell tablets directly to consumers through an online store …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Google Doesn't Not Make Four Times More Off The iPhone Vs. Android  —  Danny Sullivan argues that the conclusions about Android revenues based on the Oracle v. Google court document are flawed.  That's certainly possible, but it doesn't sound as flawed as Sullivan seems to believe.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
No, Google Doesn't Make Four Times More Off The iPhone Vs. Android  —  The Guardian is out with figures suggesting that Google earned only $550 million off Android in the past four years, which in turn sparked headlines that the iPhone is more a cash cow for Google than its own mobile platform.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Reuters:
Apple, Foxconn vow wide revamp of worker conditions  —  (Reuters) - In a landmark development for the way Western companies do business in China, Apple Inc said Thursday it had agreed to work with partner Foxconn to substantially improve wages and working conditions at the factories that produce its wildly popular products.
Hulu Blog:
Hulu Plus Arrives on Seven Android Tablets.  With a Brand New Style.  —  Today marks a very special day for us at Hulu.  From the beginning, our focus has been to bring the world's most beloved TV shows and movies to entertainment fans whenever they want, wherever they want.
Paul M. Barrett / Business Week:
Apple's War on Android  —  In her black robe and strand of white pearls, Lucy Koh projects the serious, deliberate demeanor befitting a U.S. District Court judge.  The Harvard-educated former federal prosecutor has served on the California state bench and as a partner in a Silicon Valley law firm …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Google's Grand Plan  —  The search company no longer dabbles in exotic ideas.  Now, it's all business.  —  In a typical month, David Lawee meets two dozen founders of new companies.  He grills them on their businesses, their ambitions, their funding, and their clever ideas for the future.
Amar Toor / Engadget:
LG unveils flexible plastic e-paper display, aims for European launch next month  —  LG has made no secret of its fondness for flexible e-paper, but those dreams became a reality today, with the announcement of a six-inch display that promises to “revolutionize the e-book market.”
Matth / Nielsen Wire:
Smartphones Account for Half of all Mobile Phones, Dominate New Phone Purchases in the US  —  Almost half (49.7%) of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones, as of February 2012.  According to Nielsen, this marks an increase of 38 percent over last year; in February 2011, only 36 percent of mobile subscribers owned smartphones.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Now Using ReCAPTCHA To Decode Street View Addresses  —  Have you started seeing images in online reCAPTCHAs that look suspiciously like house numbers pulled from Google Street View?  Well, as it turns out, that's exactly what they are.  Google confirmed it's currently running …
More: The Verge and Geek.comThanks:@sarahintampa
Larry Dignan / CNET:
Best Buy feels Amazon squeeze, to close 50 big-box stores  —  Selling consumer electronics isn't as easy as it used to be for Best Buy.  The big-box retailer is closing 50 stores and compensating employees based on customer service after its fiscal fourth-quarter sales fell short of expectations.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Damages Rise 60%, Police Ready Hunt For Missing Founder  —  As revealed earlier this month, Swedish authorities have now decided where the founders of The Pirate Bay plus one time site ‘financier’ Carl Lundström will serve their sentences.  —  There is, however …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
iPhone 4 owners can register for $15 antennagate settlements (updated)  —  The official website for the iPhone 4 “antennagate” class action settlement is live, as pointed out by co-lead counsel on the case Ira Rothken.  Of course, speaking of cases, if you're an iPhone 4 owner who has taken advantage …
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook tests simpler interface for creating ads, targeting users  —  Facebook is testing a new self-serve ad interface that emphasizes objectives and gives users more targeting options, the company tells us.  —  From what we can tell in the following two screenshots provided by Facebook …
Mikael Ricknäs / PC World:
RIM Attacks Apple's Nano-SIM Tactics  —  Research In Motion has sent a letter to a standards group complaining about Apple's tactics in the battle over the upcoming nano-SIM standard, joining Nokia in trying to shed doubt over Apple's efforts.  —  RIM, Nokia and Motorola Mobility are involved …
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
Fake ID holders beware: facial recognition service Face.com can now detect your age  —  Facial-recognition platform Face.com could foil the plans of all those under-age kids looking to score some booze.  Fake IDs might not fool anyone for much longer, because Face.com claims …
Bloomberg:
T-Mobile Said to Hire TAP Advisors to Help Sell U.S. Towers  —  T-Mobile USA (166783Q) hired TAP Advisors LLC to help sell wireless towers and raise cash for parent Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE), said people familiar with the matter.  —  Deutsche Telekom (DTE) appointed the New York boutique bank …

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