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March 31, 2012, 12:50 PM

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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
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.
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
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
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.
More: Softpedia News and CNETTweets: @dondodge
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.
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.
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 …
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
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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