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9:15 PM ET, March 26, 2011

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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.
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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 …
Discussion: SiliconValley.com
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: @cdixon, Thanks:edoswald
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
Elisabeth Osmeloski / Search Engine Land:
Zuckerberg In Zion: Speaks To Senator Hatch, Students At BYU  —  You might wonder what in the world could bring the Harvard dropout and under-30 founder of Facebook together with the 77-year-old conservative Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to talk to students and attendees at Brigham Young University earlier today.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
RIM Buys Developer Of HTML5 Mobile App Testing Platform TinyHippos  —  Research In Motion has made another acquisition-mobile development company TinyHippos.  In an announcement on both RIM's development blog and TinyHippos blog, the BlackBerry manufacturer said that it bought …
 
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