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March 29, 2012, 5:25 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 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 in the third fiscal quarter …
Bloomberg:
Apple's Tim Cook Visits Foxconn IPhone Plant in China  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook visited Foxconn Technology Group's newly built manufacturing facility for the iPhone in Zhengzhou, China, as the U.S. company seeks to improve working conditions.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Paper: the next great iPad app, from the brains behind Courier  —  Georg Petschnigg throws his hands into the air as he traces thousands of years of human evolution that led us to develop the fragile wrists we need to use tools.  Petschnigg locks his wrist into place and pretends to scribble …
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:
Google's Android has generated just $550m since 2008, figures suggest  —  Data provided in response to Oracle claim suggests iPhone generated four times more revenue than Google's own handsets  —  Android generated less than $550m in revenues for Google between 2008 and the end of 2011 …
Chris Gallagher / Reuters:
Star-struck Japan PM befriends Facebook's Zuckerberg  —  (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda frequently entertains dignitaries from all over the world, but he was a touch star-struck on Thursday when he hosted a young billionaire with a whiff of celebrity: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.
More: Asiajin, Tech in Asia and ZDNetTweets: @davemcclure
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.
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.”
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 …
Brett Slatkin / Google Small Business:
A fast, accurate, and affordable way to do online market research  —  From international brands to local food trucks, every business wants to make important decisions with their customers' feedback in mind.  Which version of your new logo will people like better?  How much interest do dog owners have in organic dog food?
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Google's New ‘Account Activity’ Is a Sham  —  When it comes to privacy, Google wants to be the good guy .  Too bad that's not enough.  —  Google Account Activity is Google's fairly transparent attempt to differentiate itself from Facebook by being open about what it knows about you.
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 …
Angela Moscaritolo / PC Magazine:
Google's Self-Driving Car Takes Blind Man for a Ride  —  Google this week posted a YouTube video (below) showing Morgan Hill, Calif. resident Steve Mahan, who is legally blind, being taken on a ride in its self-driving Toyota Prius.  Google released the video to celebrate …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify Keeps the Free Music Party Going in the U.S.  —  Good news for American Spotify users who don't want to pay for their music: The streaming service will continue to let them listen to anything they want, without restrictions, for a while longer.  —  The free-music party was supposed …
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 …

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