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February 28, 2012, 5:30 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.
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.
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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
The Future According to Eric Schmidt  —  Google's chairman Eric Schmidt took the stage at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this afternoon to talk about the role of technology in the “world we live in today” and how it will shape the societies of the future.
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.
Bing:
Bing Maps and Nokia Release Unified Map Design  —  Last year, we entered into a strategic partnership with Nokia which included plans to offer a unique and compelling mapping experience for our customers.  Since then we've been working with Nokia and Windows Phone to deliver a unified map style based …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Updated: Say what?  Google's gigabit network won't deliver a gig?  —  Updated: 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 …
More: eWeek
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 …
More: TechFlash
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.
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 …
Dirk Dougherty / Android Developers Blog:
New App Stats for Publishers on Android Market  —  If you've published an app on Android Market, you've probably used Application Statistics to help tune your development and marketing efforts.  Application Statistics is a set of dashboards in the Developer Console that shows …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows 8 Consumer Preview: What should testers expect?  —  Summary: Microsoft is launching the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 on February 29.  Here's what testers may see once the bits are downloadable.  —  Microsoft is launching the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 on February 29.
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 …
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.

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