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April 9, 2012, 1:30 AM

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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 …
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
On Release Date, Crucial Nokia Phone Is Hard to Buy in New York  —  AT&T said last month that when Nokia's new Lumia 900 phone went on sale April 8, it would benefit from the company's biggest product introduction ever, exceeding even the iPhone's.  —  The big day is here.
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
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
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.
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.
Shinichi Saoshiro / Reuters:
Sony to cut global workforce by 10,000: Nikkei  —  (Reuters) - Sony will cut its global workforce by about 10,000, or 6 percent of its entire workforce, by as early as the end of 2012, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday.  —  The loss-making electronics firm may also request …
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Netflix forms PAC  —  In yet another move to boost its Washington profile, Netflix has formed a political action committee, new federal records indicate.  —  Called FLIXPAC, the committee may now make contributions donations directly to federal candidates — up to $5,000 per election.
More: Ars Technica and ForbesTweets: @tcarmody

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