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1:10 AM ET, March 28, 2011

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New York Times:
Is It a New Tech Bubble?  Let's See if It Pops  —  Banks pouring money into technology funds, wealthy clients and institutions clamoring to get pieces of start-ups, expectations of stock market debuts building — as Wall Street's machinery kicks into second gear, some investors with memories …
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Chris / cdixon.org:
A few points about the “tech bubble” debate  —  Pretty much every day now a major blog or newspaper writes an article asking whether we are experiencing another tech bubble (e.g. see today's NYTimes).  I don't know whether successful private companies like Groupon, Zynga …
Paul Kedrosky / Bloomberg:
Dear Warren: Here are the Overvalued Social Networking Companies
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Webware.com, Thanks:pkedrosky
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
RIM: The inmates have taken over the asylum  —  Once upon a time, the Blackberry was the king of smartphones.  After a succession of Psion PDAs and Palm devices, I loved my Blackberry, it was the perfect PIM (Personal Information Manager).  Email, contacts and calendar functions worked well together …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
RIM: The obits are a bit premature  —  Days before Research in Motion launches its PlayBook tablet analysts and tech observers are scrambling to predict the demise of the company.  The gloom and doom may be misplaced.  —  Look, it's obvious that RIM has a few issues.  Consider:
Wall Street Journal:
Google Pursues Role in Mobile Payments  —  Google Inc. is teaming up with MasterCard Inc. and Citigroup Inc. to embed technology in Android mobile devices that would allow consumers to make purchases by waving their smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Reuters and @amir_efrati
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Michael Gorman / Engadget:   WSJ: Google teams with MasterCard and Citigroup for NFC payments, also files patent app
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Facebook May Hire Robert Gibbs, Former Obama Aide  —  Facebook is in talks to hire Robert Gibbs, President Obama's former White House press secretary, for a senior role in helping to manage the company's communications, people briefed on the negotiations said.
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Paul Baran, Internet Pioneer, Dies at 84  —  Paul Baran, an engineer who helped create the technical underpinnings for the Arpanet, the government-sponsored precursor to today's Internet, died Saturday night at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 84.  —  The cause was complications from lung cancer, said his son, David.
Discussion: GigaOM, Network World and @psaffo
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Warner Brothers Expands Facebook Rentals to “Harry Potter,” “Inception”  —  After a successful run renting “The Dark Knight” over Facebook, Warner Brothers has decided to offer five more movies over the social network, the studio announced on Sunday.  —  The studio will offer …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo 3DS review: Is it worth $249 and $40 per game?  —  Nintendo has done its best to launch a new era in video games with the launch of its 3DS portable gaming system, which goes on sale for $249 on Sunday.  The appeal of this device, which can display games in stereoscopic 3D without glasses, is growing on me.
Discussion: Joystiq
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Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Nintendo 3DS Launches, Haunted by Smartphones
Casey Newton / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. tech jobs climb near level of dot-com peak  —  As technology companies' soaring valuations draw comparisons to the dot-com days, a new analysis highlights another similarity: The number of tech workers in San Francisco today is nearing its peak in 2000.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Products Help Block Mideast Web  —  Protests flared Sunday in Yemen.  Western Web-filtering technology has been used there, researchers say.  —  As Middle East regimes try to stifle dissent by censoring the Internet, the U.S. faces an uncomfortable reality: American companies provide …
Naked Security / Sophos:
MySQL.com and Sun hacked through SQL injection  —  Proving that no website is ever truly secure, it is being reported that MySQL.com has succumbed to a SQL injection attack.  It was first disclosed to the Full Disclosure mailing list early this morning.  Hackers have now posted a dump of usernames and password hashes to pastebin.com.
Discussion: Sucuri, Techie Buzz and The Next Web
Chester Wisniewski / Naked Security:
Comodo hacker outs himself, claims “no relation to Iranian Cyber Army”  —  The alleged hacker of Comodo stepped forward this weekend to explain how he generated bogus SSL certificates for login.skype.com, mail.google.com, login.live.com and other popular internet websites.
 
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