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April 2, 2012, 9:45 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.
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.
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
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” …
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
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Dell buys Wyse, plays ‘cloud client’ game  —  Summary: Dell expands into thin clients and virtualization software with the acquisition of Wyse.  —  Dell said it will acquire Wyse Technology in a move that gives the company more virtualization heft and an entry in thin computing.
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

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