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April 2, 2012, 4:45 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.
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: 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: Slashdot
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 …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Police Are Using Phone Tracking as a Routine Tool  —  WASHINGTON — Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Fragmentation?  Open Source?  Buzzwords For Android, And Also Google's Latest Effort, Google Campus  —  London's claim to being the hub for tech startups in Europe got a boost last week, when Google opened the doors of its latest effort, Google Campus, a seven-story centre for startups …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
What Does A Post-UDID World Look Like For iPhone And iPad Developers?  —  This past week has been a big wake-up call for the iOS developer community.  The need to move away from UDIDs, or an ID scheme that many developers rely on to power advertising and store data about their users …

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