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April 8, 2012, 7:10 AM

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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 …
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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.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Square COO Keith Rabois Explains The Death Of The Web And How Square Will Move Beyond Payments  —  Keith Rabois has already lived several successful lives in Silicon Valley.  —  Like a lot of today's tech bigwigs, Rabois started his career at PayPal, then moved on to become an angel investor …
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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Philip Kaplan's Social Network Fandalism Has Quietly Grown To 350K Musicians  —  If you're wondering what Philip Kaplan, a.k.a. Pud, has been up to, wonder no longer: He's working on a social network for musicians called Fandalism.  The site went live at the end of January …
Tweets: @loic and @pud
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.
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 …
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 …

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