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April 1, 2012, 11:45 AM

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VentureBeat:
OMGPOP CEO tweets that only employee not to transition to Zynga was the “weakest” one  —  Last week, GamesBeat reported that Shay Pierce was the only OMGPOP employee to decline a position with Zynga after it bought the Draw Something developer.  Pierce wrote an editorial for Gamasutra …
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
OMGPOP CEO responds to criticisim of his tweets about former employee  —  Early this morning, GamesBeat reported that Dan Porter, chief executive officer of OMGPOP (developer of the Pictrionary-clone Draw Something), publicly called out the only employee not to join Zynga after the $210 million buyout.
More: AllThingsDTweets: @tfadp
Scott Austin / Digits:
‘Girls Around Me’ Developer Defends App After Foursquare Dismissal  —  The developer of a controversial mobile app that used data from Facebook and Foursquare to reveal the location of nearby women defended its intentions Saturday after drawing a firestorm of criticism over privacy concerns.
David Kravets / Wired:
Megaupload User Demands Return of Seized Content  —  An Ohio man is asking a federal judge to preserve data of the 66.6 million users of Megaupload, the file-sharing service that was shuttered in January following federal criminal copyright-infringement indictments that targeted its operators.
Zack Whittaker / London Calling Blog:
UK ‘to announce’ real-time phone, email, Web traffic monitoring  —  Editors note: Despite this being April 1, or ‘April Fools Day’, this story is not a fabrication nor a joke.  For background to this story, head this way.  —  Under new UK legislation, Internet service and broadband providers …
More: BBC and ZDNetThanks:@zackwhittaker
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 …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
OMGPOP Draws Zynga's Daily User Traffic Up By 25%  —  As the dust settles after Zynga's purchase of New York mobile social game developer OMGPOP, the company is visibly taking on a new shape.  A 25% larger and more mobile one.  That's the percentage growth of its total daily active user base …
More: PhoneArena
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 …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Obama to sign pro-crowdfunding JOBS Act into law Thursday  —  A piece of legislation designed to make crowdfunding a legal option for startups will be passed into law as President Barack Obama plans to sign the JOBS Act Thursday, VentureBeat has confirmed.  —  The Jumpstart Our Business Startups …
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.

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