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March 27, 2013, 8:25 PM

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Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
That Internet War Apocalypse Is a Lie  —  You might've read some headlines today—in very reputable publications—saying that there's an online attack underway.  The biggest in history.  Enough to slow down the internet.  This would be exciting and scary, except it's just not true.
New York Times:
Firm Is Accused of Sending Spam, and Fight Jams Internet  —  A squabble between a group fighting spam and a Dutch company that hosts Web sites said to be sending spam has escalated into one of the largest computer attacks on the Internet, causing widespread congestion and jamming crucial infrastructure around the world.
Frank X. Shaw / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Looking Back and Springing Ahead  —  The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft.  —  Last week was the official start of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere.  While some folks were out doing “spring cleaning,” …
Nick Wingfield / NYT Bits:
Where in the World Are Windows Phones Outselling iPhones?  —  On Wednesday morning, Frank Shaw, the head of public relations at Microsoft, published a blog post tallying Microsoft's progress across several different product areas, including Windows Phone, its operating system for smartphones.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Researchers create fiber network that operates at 99.7% speed of light, smashes speed and latency records  —  Researchers at the University of Southampton in England have produced optical fibers that can transfer data at 99.7% of the universe's speed limit: The speed of light.
More: ZDNet and Geekosystem
Reuters:
Egypt catches divers cutting Internet cable amid disruptions  —  (Reuters) - Egypt's coastguard caught three divers cutting through an undersea Internet cable on Wednesday, the army said, the first suggestion criminals might be involved in days of severed connections and disruptions online.
More: CNET and The Register
Matt Brian / The Verge:
Thousands of accounts found to host unsecured passwords, photos, and other files on Amazon's cloud  —  By not setting their cloud storage accounts to private, businesses and developers have been inadvertently allowing unauthorized parties to retrieve sensitive documents, images and other files previously believed to be inaccessible.
Reuters:
Portugal media demands Google pays for news  —  (Reuters) - Portuguese media companies, struggling through the worst recession since the 1970s, are pressing Google to pay for content on its news search engine, echoing similar demands elsewhere in Europe.  —  Alberico Fernandes …
More: CNET
Bloomberg:
Ericsson Said to Discuss Buying TV-Software Unit From Microsoft  —  Ericsson AB (ERICB) is in talks to buy Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s IPTV business, which makes software used by phone companies such as AT&T Inc. (T) to deliver television over the Internet, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Tidemark launches Storylines: Can UI bring analytics, visualization to the masses?  —  Summary: Tidemark's big bet revolves around a user interface that uses an info graphic style to forecasting and financial reporting.  The overall goal is to get all employees invested in the profitability of a company.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Maps Engine Lite, Makes It Easy To Create Advanced Custom Maps  —  For years now, Google has offered its Google Maps Engine to enterprises that want to visualize their custom geospacial data.  Starting today, anybody will be able to use a subset of this functionality …
Agence France Presse:
Apple in court in China over ‘Siri’ claim  —  SHANGHAI — Apple appeared in a Shanghai court on Wednesday, accused by a Chinese firm of copying software used for the “Siri” personal assistant on its hugely popular iPhones.  —  The Californian company's products are big sellers in China …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Boxee TV gets DLNA, 3-D streaming and more  —  Boxee is rolling out a firmware update to its Boxee TV that brings DLNA functionality, 3-D streaming of Vudu titles, a more traditional TV guide, improved DVR scheduling and other features to the device.  Owners of Boxee TV devices were notified …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google Maps Beefs Up Its Live Transit Information With Updates For NYC, DC And Salt Lake City  —  One of the things that's frustrating about Apple's Maps is that you don't get the integrated transit information that's the lifeblood of living in a place like New York City or San Francisco.
Shira Ovide / Digits:
Research Firm Boosts Twitter Ad Sales Estimate to $950 Million for 2014  —  Twitter Inc. is growing up faster than expected.  —  Research firm eMarketer Inc., whose advertising forecasts are closely tracked, is set to revise higher its estimates of advertising revenue for Twitter …

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