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April 2, 2012, 6:00 AM

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Jeff Sneider / Variety:
Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs  —  Indie pic ‘Jobs’ to be directed by Joshua Michael Stern  —  The King of Twitter is now the King of Apple, as “Two and a Half Men” star Ashton Kutcher is attached to play Steve Jobs in the indie pic “Jobs,” which Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote") will direct from a script by Matt Whiteley.
Steven Musil / CNET:
Up to 1.5M credit card numbers stolen from Global Payments  —  Payments processor believes no names, addresses, or Social Security numbers were stolen in the security breach.  —  Follow @stevenmusil  —  As many as 1.5 million Visa and MasterCard customers may have been affected …
More: The Verge, PR Newswire and TechCrunchTweets: @sacca
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.
VentureBeat:
OMGPOP CEO tweets that only employee not to transition to Zynga was the “weakest” one (UPDATED)  —  As reported last week, Shay Pierce was the only OMGPOP employee to decline a position with Zynga after it bought the Draw Something developer for $180 million.
TechCrunch:
April Fools 2012: We Ruin Every (Tech-Related) Joke On The Internets  —  Happy April 1st, Everybody!  It's that very special time of year — the day when tech companies break out their clown shoes to make their annual attempt at being funny.  As a public service, we've rounded …
Zee / The Next Web:
Cade Metz / Wired:
Exclusive: Google, Amazon, and Microsoft Swarm China for Network Gear  —  Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook buy more networking hardware than practically anyone else on earth.  After all, these are the giants of the internet.  But at the same time, they're buying less and less gear from Cisco …
More: SlashGear and Slashdot
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Nuance Communications Wants a World of Voice Recognition  —  VLAD SEJNOHA is talking to the TV again.  —  O.K., maybe you've done that, too.  But here's the weird thing: His TV is listening.  —  “Dragon TV,” Mr. Sejnoha says to the screen, “find movies with Meryl Streep.”
Thanks:@wikiweeks
Michael Joseph Gross / Vanity Fair:
In the Battles of SOPA and PIPA, Who Should Control the Internet?  —  When the Internet was created, decades ago, one thing was inevitable: the war today over how (or whether) to control it, and who should have that power.  Battle lines have been drawn between repressive regimes and Western democracies …

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