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February 28, 2012, 1:15 PM

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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.
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Google+ Users Spend 3 Minutes Per Month There, ComScore Tells WSJ  —  With its users only spending an average of three minutes per month on the site, Google+ is a “virtual ghost town” compared to Facebook and other social networking sites.  That's how the Wall Street Journal characterizes …
More: CNET and Mashable!
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 …
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 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 …
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 …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: We're not involved in an antitrust complaint over Google+  —  Summary: Microsoft is not part of any new antitrust complaints against Google+ in Europe, company officials said.  —  Despite a Reuters report on February 28 claiming Microsoft was joining in with other undisclosed companies …
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 …
More: Neowin.net
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Once Film-Focused, Netflix Transitions to TV Shows  —  Belying the “flix” in its name, Netflix is now primarily an Internet streaming service for television shows, not feature films.  —  TV series now account for more than half of all Netflix viewing.  That helps to explain why this Wednesday …
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
Intel lays out its plan for Android, will cut chip size in half by 2014  —  As Paul Otellini said at the Intel press event at Mobile World Congress, “it wouldn't be an Intel presentation without a roadmap.”  The company has laid out the long-term plans for its mobile processors …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft shows ‘Holoflector’ augmented-reality mirror  —  This afternoon at the Microsoft TechForum event in Redmond, the company's researchers showed a series of prototypes and demos in areas including advanced displays and augmented-reality applications.  —  One of the research projects …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
IBM takes big steps toward extremely fast quantum computing  —  IBM is announcing today that it has made major advances toward creating a practical, full-scale quantum computer, a fabled, theoretical machine that relies on the tiniest atomic properties to compute problems faster than any supercomputer that exists today.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Seamless brings super simple food ordering to the iPad  —  Online food-ordering company Seamless has brought its ordering and menus to the iPad today — a move that hungry couch potatoes will likely applaud.  —  Seamless currently competes with smaller-but-still-potent startup GrubHub for online delivery and pickup order supremacy.
More: Gizmodo and AllThingsD
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.
Don Kingsborough / The PayPal Blog:
The Home Depot Brings PayPal into its Nearly 2,000 stores in the U.S.  —  Just six weeks ago we announced a small five-store pilot with The Home Depot to test PayPal's in store payment system.  Today we're proud to report that The Home Depot is beginning a national roll-out that will let customers pay …
Wall Street Journal:
Hot Item: Pre-IPO Facebook Shares  —  Facebook Inc. isn't publicly traded yet, but that hasn't stopped investors like Leon Cohen from trying to buy the social network's stock now.  —  The 83-year-old resident of Aventura, Fla., would like to purchase 10,000 or more of Facebook's private, before-initial-public-offering shares.

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