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February 13, 2012, 10:35 PM

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Rene Ritchie / iMore:
iPad 3 announcement March 7, quad-core, possible 4G LTE  —  According to sources who have been reliable in the past, Apple currently plans to hold their iPad 3 announcement on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.  Along with the 2048×1536 Retina display, the iPad 3 will feature a quad-core Apple 6 system …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
iPad 3 Unveiling March 7  —  Rene Ritchie scoops the info, and Jim Dalrymple confirms it.  Good enough for me.  —  As previously discussed, March 7 makes sense as it's a Wednesday, a day which Apple likes to use for such events.  But it does call into question a SXSW launch.  —  That event starts on March 9.
Reuters:
Google gets approval to buy Motorola Mobility  —  (Reuters) - U.S. and European regulators approved Google Inc's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility on Monday and said they would keep a sharp eye on the web search giant to ensure patents critical to the telecom industry would be licensed at fair prices.
Alison Frankel / Thomson Reuters:
Apple's new Motorola suit is message to Google and regulators  —  It's no coincidence that Apple sued Motorola Mobility for asserting rights to a certain industry-standard patent on the same day word leaked that European and U.S. regulators intend to grant antitrust clearance to Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola.
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Hit men, click whores, and paid apologists: Welcome to the Silicon Cesspool  —  It's tough being a journalist, especially if you're covering technology and living in Silicon Valley, because it seems as if everyone around you is getting fabulously rich while you're stuck in a job that will never, ever make you wealthy.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
We Are Better Than This  —  I'm rarely surprised by the things I read from the tech press any more, but this ongoing Path story has definitely surprised me.  —  Partly because I've never seen a single company take such a staggering hit for doing something that, while wrong, is quite clearly industry practice.
John Melloy / Fast Money:
Apple's Hottest New ‘Thing’ May Be Dividend, Not iPad3  —  Executive Producer, Fast Money & Halftime  —  The latest surge in Apple shares [AAPL Loading...  () ] that's pushed them above $500 is not because of speculation about its next revolutionary product, but rather the possibility …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Bram Cohen: My goal is to kill off television  —  BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen demoed his P2P live streaming protocol at the San Francisco MusicTech Summit on Monday, which he said could potentially stream live video to millions of computers with no central infrastructure.
More: TechCrunch
High Scalability:
Tumblr Architecture - 15 Billion Page Views A Month And Harder To Scale Than Twitter  —  With over 15 billion page views a month Tumblr has become an insanely popular blogging platform.  Users may like Tumblr for its simplicity, its beauty, its strong focus on user experience, or its friendly and engaged community, but like it they do.
NPD Group:
U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales Reach $144 Billion in 2011  —  Apple tops 2011 as the #1 Brand and Best Buy is the #1 Retailer  —  U.S. consumer technology hardware and consumable sales* fell just one half of a percent in 2011 ending the year at nearly $144 billion, according to leading market research company The NPD Group.
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Obama Budget Calls for Cuts in Spending for U.S. Technology  —  (Updates with industry plans in the ninth paragraph.  For further information on the budget, see {BUDG <GO>}.)  —  Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) — U.S. government spending on information technology would decline 1.2 percent next fiscal year under …
Twitter Blog:
Securing your Twitter experience with HTTPS  —  Last year, we added the option to always use HTTPS when accessing Twitter.com on the web.  This setting makes your Twitter experience more secure by protecting your information, and it's especially helpful if you use Twitter …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to Live Stream Audio of Tim Cook's Speech at Goldman Sachs Conference Tomorrow  —  As noted by @settBIT, Apple has posted a notice on its investor relations page announcing that it will be offering a live audio webcast of a presentation by CEO Tim Cook tomorrow at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube's Offer Video-Makers Can't Refuse: We're Putting All Your Stuff Everywhere  —  Last night YouTube rolled out a new app for Google TV.  And behind the scenes, YouTube has made a small but important change in the way it deals with content owners.  —  YouTube is now insisting …
iFixit:
Motorola Droid 4 Teardown  —  It's the dawn of a new year, and 2012 brings another update to the line of Droid smartphones by Motorola.  Will this be the best Droid to date?  Will it fall completely on its face?  Will it blend?  The only way to find out is to scroll down and check out the teardown.
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
Instant messenger app IM+ raises $10M  —  Shape, the company behind online instant messenger service IM+, announced Monday it has raised $10 million from Russian brokerage firm Finam.  —  IM+ is an online instant messenger and mobile app that connects with multiple instant messaging services …
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Intel:
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