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April 7, 2012, 11:25 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.
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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 …
More: Digits
Carly Carioli / Phlog:
When the cops subpoena your Facebook information, here's what Facebook sends the cops  —  This week's Boston Phoenix cover story — Hunting the Craigslist Killer: An Untold Detective Story from the Digital Frontier — would not have been possible without access to a huge trove of case files released by the Boston Police Department.
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.
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
Hotel's Free Wi-Fi Comes With Hidden Extras  —  Justin Watt, a Web engineer, was browsing the Web in his room at the Courtyard Marriott in midtown Manhattan this week when he saw something strange.  On his personal blog, a mysterious gap was appearing at the top of the page.
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.
Boonsri Dickinson / Business Insider:
Meet The 7 Stars Of The New Silicon Valley Reality Show  —  Okay, maybe it is time to start saying we're in another tech bubble.  —  Bravo announced yesterday a new reality show called “Silicon Valley.”  —  Randi Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg's sister, will be a producer.
More: SFist
Roberto Baldwin / Wired:
Google Glasses Face Serious Hurdles, Augmented-Reality Experts Say  —  When Google officially unveiled Project Glass — the company's bid to develop Terminator-style augmented-reality glasses — we saw a provocative glimpse of the future.  The video Google released yesterday showed us the point …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Megaupload Points Out That The Feds Want To Destroy Relevant Evidence In Its Case  —  There are all sorts of problems with the federal government's arguments against Megaupload.  Even if the site and its founders are guilty of breaking the law, it's amazingly troubling to look at the details …

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