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April 8, 2012, 4:45 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Selling You on Facebook  —  Many popular Facebook apps are obtaining sensitive information about users—and users' friends—so don't be surprised if details about your religious, political and even sexual preferences start popping up in unexpected places.  —  Not so long ago, there was a familiar product called software.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Selling Digital Fear  —  The crowded building's not on fire.  After an exhaustive investigation of the top 100 Facebook apps, the Wall Street Journal didn't find any serious privacy violations.  While sensationalizing the dangers of online privacy sure drives page views and ad revenue …
Jason Freedman / 42Floors:
Did everybody see what just happened?  The pendulum has swung.  —  The feeling was palpable.  Y Combinator had sixty-five companies present (42Floors was one of them).  And we saw 500 eager investors, frenzied almost, excited to invest in entrepreneurs.  One investor emailed me four times …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
While Apple Is Criticized for Foxconn, Other Companies Are Silent  —  Apple's rivals are quick to say how much better, faster, cheaper or more popular their smartphones, computers and tablets are.  —  Yet when it comes to working conditions in the Chinese factories that build these competing products …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Universal Studios' Movies Now Available on iCloud  —  Several readers have noticed that Universal Studios' movies are now available for re-download through Apple's iCloud service.  In March we reported that both Fox and Universal were not yet participating in iCloud video streaming due to contractual obligations with HBO.
J.B. / Fusible.com:
YouTube co-founders are working on a magazine publishing service called Zeen  —  It looks like you'll soon be able to discover and create “beautiful” magazines online.  In the last 24 hours, YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who now run AVOS, posted a “Coming Soon” …
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Inside Twitter's Spam Lawsuit: Fighting Five Defendants Cost More Than $700,000  —  Twitter's costs in fighting the spam created by five defendants it's suing are more than $700,000 — and that may be a conservative underestimate.  The company is seeking full restitution of those costs and other damages …
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
Google+ Grew 27% in March, Logged 61 Million Visits [STUDY]  —  Countering perceptions that Google+ is a ghost town few actually visit, total visits to the social network actually grew to 61 million in March, up 27% from the previous month, according to Experian Hitwise.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Randi Zuckerberg Defends Her Reality Show: Hey Silicon Valley, Stop Being Snobs  —  Randi Zuckerberg has ruffled some feathers this week with the announcement that she is co-producing “Silicon Valley,” a reality show set to air on Bravo that purports to be all about the San Francisco Bay Area tech scene.

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Amazon Web Services:
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Rackspace:
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