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March 28, 2013, 6:10 AM

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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.
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Gets India Tax Order, Court Stays  —  NEW DELHI—Nokia Corp. said Thursday it had received an order from Indian authorities demanding taxes from the company, but a local court has suspended the order after the Finnish handset maker filed an appeal last week.
More: Reuters
Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
Nokia fined by Indian tax officials, court issues stay  —  (Reuters) - Nokia said on Thursday that Indian tax officials had issued the Finnish mobile phone maker with a fine although the Delhi High Court issued a stay on the demand.  —  Nokia did not comment on the amount.
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.
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
A Driving Force Behind Wikipedia Will Step Down  —  Sue Gardner, who oversaw a period of rapid growth and evolution at Wikipedia, said Wednesday that she would step down as executive director of the nonprofit organization that runs the free encyclopedia.  —  In an interview with The Times on Wednesday …
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
The Messaging Apps Taking on Facebook, Phone Giants  —  On a recent Saturday, Johan Dijkland, a 23-year-old student in Emmen, Netherlands, opened a free messaging app called Line on his iPhone.  Then he tapped on a virtual sticker of a sleepy panda with a “good night” speech bubble and pressed send to a friend.
Tweets: @evelynrusli
Bonnie Eslinger / Mercury News:
Facebook gets OK to build second campus in Menlo Park  —  Facebook has obtained Menlo Park's permission to build a second campus west of Bayfront Expressway, near its headquarters on the other side of the road.  —  “Congratulations,” Mayor Peter Ohtaki told Facebook officials Tuesday night …
Reuters:
U.S. law to restrict government purchases of Chinese IT equipment  —  (Reuters) - Congress quietly tucked in a new cyber-espionage review process for U.S. government technology purchases into the funding law signed this week by President Barack Obama, reflecting growing U.S. concern over Chinese cyber attacks.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
You Won't Believe How Adorable This Kitty Is!  Click for More!  —  Companies Hire ‘Ethical Hackers’ To Dupe Employees; Crutches as Props  —  Employees beware: Don't fall prey to a cat named Dr. Zaius.  —  “Check out these kitties! :  -)” read emails featuring the photo of a Turkish Angora cat …
More: Betabeat
Reuters:
Mike Dell's former lieutenant leads coup attempt  —  (Reuters) - Dave Johnson finds himself once again pitted against a former employer.  —  In leading Blackstone Group's 11th-hour bid for Dell Inc, the acquisitions expert and famously tough negotiator has seated himself across the table from ex-boss and company founder Michael Dell.
Wall Street Journal:
Proxy Adviser ISS Recommends Against T-Mobile-MetroPCS Merger  —  A prominent proxy adviser said MetroPCS Communications Inc. shareholders should vote against a merger with Deutsche Telekom AG unit T-Mobile USA, saying they would receive an unfair split of the combined company and would do fine owning shares of a stand-alone carrier.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google Glass Will Be Made In The U.S.A., Report Claims, At An Assembly Facility In Santa Clara  —  Google Glass, the advanced head-mounted computing project the company is gearing up for a possible launch later this year, will be assembled in the U.S., according to a new report from the Financial Times today.
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
Amazon Officially Announces Comedy Pilot ‘Betas’  —  As it just did with Zombieland, Amazon Studios acknowledged the existence of its comedy pilot Betas after the project was cast and well into production.  Set in the land of Silicon Valley start-ups where the right algorithm can make you king …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google's Knowledge Graph expands into movies on Android tablets thanks to facial recognition  —  Not content to let Amazon hold the limelight with its new X-Ray for TV feature unveiled this morning, Google is unveiling a similar feature for movies in the Google Play store.
Wall Street Journal:
China Worries Arise in Sprint Deal  —  The U.S. government is seeking oversight of network-equipment purchases as a condition for approving Softbank Corp.'s $20 billion acquisition of U.S. phone carrier Sprint Nextel Corp., a move that appears to be aimed at keeping out Chinese suppliers …
More: ZDNet and CNET
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Sony dives deep into the PS4's hardware power, controller features at GDC  —  At a presentation at the Game Developers Conference today, Sony Senior Staff Engineer Chris Norden went into greater technical detail on some of the PlayStation 4's underlying hardware, including the PS4 Eye depth sensing camera.
More: Gamasutra and Engadget

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