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March 31, 2012, 12:20 AM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
MasterCard, VISA Warn of Processor Breach  —  VISA and MasterCard are alerting banks across the country about a recent major breach at a U.S.-based credit card processor.  Sources in the financial sector are calling the breach “massive,” and say it may involve more than 10 million compromised card numbers.
Wall Street Journal:
Data Breach Sparks Worry  —  Hack Attack at Card Processor Compromises Potentially Thousands of Accounts  —  Concerns about credit-card security heightened Friday after a little-known Atlanta company disclosed it had been hit by hackers, potentially exposing hundreds of thousands of account holders to fraud.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Foursquare shuts down location API access to creepy Girls Around Me app  —  As first covered by Cult of Mac, Girls Around Me is an incredibly creepy app that allows anyone to locate nearby girls based on public Foursquare checkins and Facebook data.  Now the app has been officially banned …
More: msnbc.com
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Twitter Takes Tweetdeck Offline After Apparent Bug Opens Access To Accounts  —  Twitter has taken Tweetdeck offline after an apparent bug has possibly given some Tweetdeck users access to others' accounts.  —  A Tweetdeck user in Australia, Geoff Evanson, says he discovered today …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
TweetDeck back online, unauthorized access was ‘random’ and likely never ‘used maliciously’  —  TweetDeck, taken down earlier today, is now back online for everybody.  The original issue appeared when a user in Australia discovered he was able to access hundreds of Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Tweets: @tweetdeck
Bits:
With Tablet Plan, Google Goes After Apple and Amazon  —  Google's long-awaited tablet might finally be on the way to becoming a reality.  For at least two years, there have been reports that the search giant was working on something that could compete with Apple's iPad.
Adi Avidor / Inside Search:
Graphing on Google.com - Now in 3D  —  A few months ago we launched a graphing functionality right in search to help students and math lovers plot functions in an easy, simple way.  In addition to calculating something simple like dividing up a restaurant bill or graphing more difficult math functions using …
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Old-time hacktivists to Anonymous: You've crossed the line  —  Despite shared concerns, pioneers in the movement say the methods of a newer generation abridge free speech and hurt the cause  —  Oxblood Ruffin of Cult of the Dead Cow and Hacktivismo  —  In December 1998 …
Tweets: @anonopssweden
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sega shutting down games, laying off people  —  Sega said today it will restructure its Western operations as it deals with the transformation from a maker of retail games to digital distribution.  The restructuring will result in an unspecified number of job losses and game cancellations.
Joe Pollicino / Engadget:
AT&T now accepting Lumia 900 pre-orders, only those seeking cyan or black need apply (update)  —  Friendly reminder here, folks.  As expected, AT&T has opened the pre-order floodgates for the Nokia Lumia 900 today ahead of its April 8th release in the US.  Interested parties can secure …
Reuters:
Apple supplier Foxconn cuts working hours, workers ask why  —  (Reuters) - When Chinese worker Wu Jun heard that her employer, the giant electronics assembly company Foxconn, had given employees landmark concessions her reaction was worry, not elation.  —  Wu, 23, is one of tens of thousands …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Appstore Generates More Revenue Per Daily User Than Google Play  —  According to new data released today by mobile analytics firm Flurry, Amazon's Appstore for Android is generating more revenue per daily user than the Google Android Market, which was recently rebranded as the Google Play store.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Workers Put Tim Cook Atop List of Most Beloved CEOs  —  Tim Cook, the man Apple co-founder Steve Jobs hand-picked to be his successor, may never surpass Jobs in panache or vision, but as a leader, he's picking up right where Jobs left off.  —  Indeed, after just 10 months …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's Employment Contract Extended Through March 2016  —  UPDATED: “We are continuing to work on the comeback of AOL and have a plan that is beneficial for employees, customers and shareholders,” the company said.  —  NEW YORK - AOL said Friday it has extended …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Ahead of I.P.O., Mark Zuckerberg's Lawyers Expedite Disclosures  —  Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, is rushing to clear all his paperwork, ahead of the social network's highly anticipated initial public offering.  —  The Federal and Trade Commission disclosed in a notice on Friday …
Agence France Presse:
China's mobile phone subscriptions top a billion  —  BEIJING — China said Friday it had broken the barrier of one billion mobile phone accounts at the end of February, as more people in the world's most populous country ditch fixed phones.  —  The number of cell phone subscriptions grew 20.7 million …

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