April 8, 2012, 11:20 PM

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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 …
Felix Gillette / Business Week:
Thorsten Heins: Into RIM's Ring of Fire  —  On a recent Friday afternoon, Thorsten Heins, the 54-year-old chief executive officer of Research In Motion (RIMM), entered a drab conference room at the company's headquarters in Waterloo, Ont., and endeavored to explain why he was the right man for an impossible job.
More: The VergeTweets: @yclaer
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 …
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 …
More: VentureBeat and John Moltz's …Tweets: @8of12
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.
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.

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