April 2, 2012, 10:25 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.
Donna L. Tapellini / Consumer Reports News:
New Apple iPad tops our tablet Ratings  —  The high-resolution screen of the new iPad establishes a new benchmark in excellence, providing the best rendering of detail and color accuracy we've ever seen on a tablet display.  As a result, the iPad tops our new tablet Ratings, posted today.
Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal:
Card Processor: Hackers Stole Account Numbers  —  Global Payments Inc., the credit-card processor that reported a significant security breach Friday, said that hackers stole account numbers and other key information from up to 1.5 million accounts in North America.
Daniel Rubino / wpcentral:
Nokia kicks off US advertising campaign with a Beta Test, takes on the iPhone  —  There is little doubt that Nokia has the deep pockets, ingenuity and cleverness to make an effective advertising campaign for the AT&T Lumia 900.  The question is, when will “Operation Rolling Thunder” …
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Teacher's aide fired for refusing to hand over Facebook password  —  Summary: Kimberly Hester, a teacher's aide at an elementary school, was fired last year for refusing to give her Facebook password to her supervisors.  She is now fighting a legal battle with the school district.
Tom Krazit / GigaOM:
Why Google isn't worried about Android revenue  —  Not all investments are made with the expectation that a big payoff is around the corner.  Google's decision to bankroll the development of Android was just such an investment, which makes the past week's back and forth over just how much money Google …
More: asymco
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
IBM takes on a gigantic computing task to find the universe's origins  —  Some of the biggest friggin' computers you'll ever see are going to help decipher data from the world's largest telescope as it explores the origins of the universe.  —  IBM announced today it has won a $42 million contract …
Naomi O'Leary / Reuters:
Bitcoin, the City traders' anarchic new toy  —  (Reuters) - Financial traders have a new toy: Bitcoin, a digital currency variously dismissed as a Ponzi scheme or lauded as the greatest invention since the Internet.  —  Unlike conventional fiat money and other digital currencies …
More: Betabeat
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Kim Dotcom Back Online, Prepares To Release Music Album  —  Following his arrest in January, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was immediately deprived of his freedom.  —  On February 22nd, just over a month later, he was released on bail but heavy restrictions meant that life would not be getting back to normal.
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
As Path targets international growth, rivals and clones line up in China  —  Path founder Dave Morin recently revealed that the popular mobile social networking service is “internationalizing” following growing overseas demand, but its competition in China is already forming.
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.”

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