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March 31, 2012, 8:00 PM

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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.”
Amit Runchal / Interactioned:
Whom Do We Blame?  —  This story by Nick Bilton in the New York Times, which John Brownlee first wrote about in Cult of Mac, discusses an iOS app called Girls Around Me.  Creepy doesn't begin to describe it: … Foursquare shut them down after learning about it, but it's clear from Bilton's article …
More: TechCrunch
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 …
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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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Debunking Senator Al Franken On Google, The Internet & Privacy  —  I liked Al Franken as a comedian.  I liked the idea of him becoming a US Senator.  I definitely like the idea that he wants to defend Americans from potential privacy problems.  But I don't like that he sounds like an uneducated senator of old.
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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