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March 31, 2012, 10:50 AM

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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:
Who 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
Wall Street Journal:
Breach Hits Card Processor Global Payments  —  Global Payments Inc., which processes credit cards and debit cards for banks and merchants, has been hit by a security breach that has put some 50,000 cardholders at risk, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
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.
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.
More: VentureBeat and MacNNTweets: @tweetdeck
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.
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
E-books settlement talks advancing: sources  —  (Reuters) - The Justice Department could reach a settlement in the next few weeks with Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and some of the major publishers suspected of colluding to push up electronic book prices, according to two people close to the negotiations.
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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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 …
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Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
All Facebook Pages get Timeline  —  Summary: All Facebook Pages get the new Timeline design starting today at 11:00 AM PST.  Facebook does not have a date and time for when the update process will be complete for all Pages.  —  All Facebook Pages are getting a mandatory Timeline update today.

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