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February 28, 2012, 3:45 PM

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple announces iPad event for March 7 in San Francisco  —  Apple announces iPad event for March 7 in San Francisco  —  As expected, Apple on Monday announced an event to show off the company's next generation iPad.  The invitation, sent to me by Apple, says the event will take place …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
The Mounting Minuses at Google+  —  Playing Catchup to Facebook, Google's Social Network Is a Virtual Ghost Town by Comparison  —  To hear Google Inc. Chief Executive Larry Page tell it, Google+ has become a robust competitor in the social networking space, with 90 million users registering since its June launch.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Samsung: 'We're not doing very well in the tablet market'  —  One Samsung executive gets brutally honest about his company's performance in the tablet market, even while offering up some hope for its line of Galaxy Note mobile devices.  —  Samsung executive Hankil Yoon speaking during …
Guardian:
Apple developing new audio file format to offer ‘adaptive streaming’  —  Format will provide high- or low-quality files to iCloud users  —  Apple is working on a new audio file format that will offer “adaptive streaming” to provide high- or low-quality files to users of its iCloud service.
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
HBO Go coming to Xbox 360 on April 1st  —  HBO has slowly been bringing HBO Go to a multitude of connected platforms, from Roku boxes to some Samsung connected TVs, and now we finally know when it'll come to the Xbox 360.  Tonight at an HBO event in San Francisco, company Co-President …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
LightSquared's CEO resigns as FCC moves to kill 4G network  —  The CEO of LightSquared resigned on Tuesday as the company battles to save a planned high-speed cellphone network that regulators are moving to kill.  —  Sanjiv Ahuja will continue to serve as chairman of LightSquared's board of directors …
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Yahoo Warns Facebook of a Potential Patent Fight  —  As Yahoo struggles to keep up with younger competitors, the Web portal company is weighing a new tactic: threatening legal action over its patent holdings.  —  Yahoo is seeking to force Facebook into licensing 10 to 20 patents over technologies …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Exclusive: Microsoft, others in Google+ complaint to EU  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft and several other firms have complained to EU antitrust regulators about Google's social networking tool, two people familiar with the matter said, in a move that may prompt the EU to broaden its ongoing investigation into Google.
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft's next Steve: Windows boss faces biggest test  —  (Reuters) - For Steven Sinofsky, the stern but creative engineering manager who runs Microsoft Corp's flagship Windows division, February 29 is showtime.  —  On that day, in Barcelona, Sinofsky will preside over the public test release …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Say what?  Google's gigabit network won't deliver a gig?  —  When is a gigabit not a gigabit?  Perhaps when it's Google's gigabit network.  Speaking today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt said the company's planned fiber-to-the-home network in Kansas City …
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
It's Huge Day for Apple on the Multi-Touch Patent front  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 24 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  Today's first granted patent report highlights three out of five important Multi-Touch patent wins.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Apple Loophole Gives Developers Access to Photos  —  Developers of applications for Apple's mobile devices, and Apple itself, came under scrutiny this month after reports that some apps were taking people's address book information without their knowledge.  —  As it turns out, address books are not the only things up for grabs.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Struggling music service MOG for sale  —  Subscription music may be the next phase in digital distribution but it's still not big enough to support everybody.  MOG seeks an exit.
Alice Chan / PSFK:
Mercedes-Benz Brings Siri To Their Cars  —  Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz unveiled plans to integrate Apple's Siri into its A-Class electronics system that would allow drivers access to their iPhone apps using voice commands.  The program, called the Drive Kit Plus will work in conjunction …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Groupon Acquires Travel Search Company Uptake  —  Groupon has acquired the travel research start-up Uptake, Groupon just confirmed.  —  The price of the deal was in the “teens” of millions, and is essentially an “acqhire” for Uptake's 20-person Palo Alto, Calif.-based team, according to a source familiar with the deal.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Google Will Offer $1 Million In Rewards For Hacking Chrome In Contest  —  For the last three years, Google's Chrome browser has left the world's premiere hacking competition unscathed, even as Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari have all been taken down by the assembled security researchers.
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
IBM cuts more than 1,000 U.S. workers  —  Union reports layoffs across the country  —  IBM has laid off just over 1,000 employees so far this week and more layoffs may be possible, according to an employee organization.  —  IBM never comments on the specifics of any cuts …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
FTC Chairman: New Google Privacy Plan Forces Consumers to Make a “Brutal Choice”  —  It's just a few days now until Google's new privacy policy goes into effect.  And lawmakers and regulators continue to raise eyebrows over the agreement, which will grant the company greater license …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Ads Head to Your Phone  —  Twitter is expanding its ad program to iPhone and Android handsets, as the company gets more aggressive about ramping up revenue.  —  Twitter has already been showing some limited advertising on its mobile apps.  But now it will start showing its …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Fox, Warner Bros. building high-def, antipiracy devices  —  The studios want to deliver movies in their highest quality but fear the potential for piracy.  A new consortium seeks to build safe storage devices.  —  Hollywood hasn't given up trying to persuade consumers to buy and collect movies or on digital rights management.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Google exec hints of Android 5.0 release this fall  —  Pattern of earlier releases suggest fall, but Lockheimer says Google wants to be ‘flexible’ on timing  —  BARCELONA — Google is not letting on much about the next version of Android, even though it is rumored to be coming to a smartphone by early summer.

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