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March 31, 2012, 9:50 PM

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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google's first April Fool this year is brilliant: ‘Maps 8-bit’ for the NES  —  Google offers its Maps product on a huge variety of different systems, but the one that it has so far neglected is the hugely popular Nintendo Entertainment System.  Finally, the search giant has answered the cries …
Wall Street Journal:
RIM Weighs Bleak Options  —  Research In Motion Ltd.'s new chief executive faces two bleak options: Attempt a bold turnaround of the embattled BlackBerry maker, or find a willing buyer.  Neither will be an easy task.  —  RIM said sales of BlackBerrys fell sharply in the latest quarter …
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
This Creepy App Isn't Just Stalking Women Without Their Knowledge, It's A Wake-Up Call About Facebook Privacy [Update]  —  This app is meant to all be in good fun, but it's potentially a weapon in the hands of stalkers.  —  “Boy, you sure have a lot of apps on your phone.”  —  “Well, it's my job.”
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
French ‘Three Strikes’ Law Slashes Piracy, But Fails to Boost Sales  —  It's a cheerful day for the copyright industry.  In France the controversial “graduated response” law (Hadopi) has evaporated unauthorized file-sharing.  —  A new report from the Hadopi office, conveniently written …
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Smartbooks redux: Qualcomm promises ultrathin quad-core laptops  —  Windows 8 may bring a failed computer category back from the dead: in late 2009, Qualcomm promised that an ARM-based laptop computer called a “Smartbook” would change the industry, and today, PCWorld reports that the company is promising ARM-based laptops once again.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
SecondMarket Lays Off 10 Percent in Light of Facebook IPO  —  SecondMarket, the marketplace for private company shares that built much of its business on pre-IPO interest in Facebook equity, laid off 10 percent of its staff today.  Prior to the layoffs, the New York City-based company employed approximately 150 people.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
How Serious Is Facebook About Search?  —  An article in BusinessWeek suggests that Facebook is planning a deeper push into search.  Will that be limited to improving search for the site — or will it be something more comprehensive?  —  It's clear that Facebook needs better internal search.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Why Google's Tablet Store Isn't the Nexus One All Over Again  —  The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Google is starting a store to sell Android tablets online.  This is an attempt to jumpstart the sales of tablets running Google-approved versions of Android …

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