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7:55 PM ET, March 26, 2011

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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
High-tech industry on hiring binge in California; Google, Facebook and Zynga lead the pack  —  It's the Silicon Valley hiring boom being felt all over California.  —  California added nearly 100,000 new jobs in February, and the state's unemployment rate dropped by two-tenths of a percentage point …
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New York Times:
Silicon Valley Hiring Perks: Meals, iPads and a Cubicle for Spot  —  By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and JENNA WORTHAM  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Eric Firestone began a new job at a Web start-up here three weeks ago, and he's already thinking about what he might do next.  But that's just fine with his new employer.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:   Silicon Valley is abuzz with bubble and recovery stories — too soon?
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Meet ‘Disco’, The Group Texting App Built Secretly Inside Google  —  It seems like Google has made a foray into the group messaging space today with Disco, a new iPhone app and website.  Well, they sort of have.  —  The service utilizes the Disco.com domain that Google bought at Domainfest last year for $255K.
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Cellphones Track Your Every Move, and You May Not Even Know  —  A favorite pastime of Internet users is to share their location: services like Google Latitude can inform friends when you are nearby; another, Foursquare, has turned reporting these updates into a game.
Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
Lukewarm Reaction To Playbook Could Force Drastic Measures For RIM  —  Is Research in Motion (NSDQ: RIMM) turning into Palm (NSDQ: PALM), the next big prize in the mobile industry's consolidation?  —  Two of the most important companies in the prehistoric era of the mobile computer …
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Swoopo Quietly Files for Bankruptcy  —  The site that put the concept of pay-per-bid auctions on the map is now apparently in financial trouble, Technologizer has learned.  Although the company's front page claims “technical issues,” documents from a Munich, Germany bankruptcy court indicate …
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Kevin Murphy / DomainIncite:
ICANN asks the US to cut it loose  —  ICANN has officially requested the loosening of its contractual ties to the US government.  —  In a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (pdf), ICANN president Rod Beckstrom said the US should finally make good on its promise …
Jillian C. York:
Microsoft Fixes Bug; Re-enables HTTPS for All Users  —  Yesterday, I blogged that users in Iran, all Arab countries, Burma, Nigeria, and the Central Asian nations had been blocked from turning on HTTPS encryption within Hotmail.  This was true.  —  According to Microsoft …
Andrew Quinn / Reuters:
U.S. develops “panic button” for democracy activists  —  (Reuters) - Some day soon, when pro-democracy campaigners have their cellphones confiscated by police, they'll be able to hit the “panic button” — a special app that will both wipe out the phone's address book and emit emergency alerts to other activists.
Discussion: Fast Company and Memex 1.1
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
THE SEEDY SIDE OF REDDIT: Porn, Racism, And Nazi Memorabilia  —  Reddit is an amazing creation.  —  The news aggregator is a great startup success story.  It's also a great community site that often bands together in support of worthy causes.  It's also a live interview site …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Amazon may soon launch film, music locker service  —  Amazon has spoken with some of the major record companies and Hollywood film studios about creating a digital locker service and could announce the plans as early as next week, sources told CNET.  —  Sources from both the film …
Nitasha Tiku / New York Magazine:
4chan Using Fake OkCupid Profiles to Lure Pathetic Singles to Times Square  —  4chan has been known on occasion to pick worthy targets for its “malwebolence.”  This is not one of those times.  As part of a campaign to launch an “involuntary” flash mob, 4chan users and people on Reddit's 4chan forum …
 
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