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February 28, 2012, 8:15 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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Sources: New Apple TV launching in March, near-immediate availability hinted for new iPads  —  iPads and Apple TVs work together for innovative AirPlay features  —  Reliable sources familiar with Apple's upcoming product release have said that the company is in fact launching a new Apple TV alongside the next-generation iPad.
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.
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.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
HP lays off 275 employees from webOS division  —  We've just received word that HP has laid off more than 270 employees from its webOS division as it “no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before.”  This follows just behind the departure …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
David Saleh Rauf / Politico:
More feds ditch BlackBerrys  —  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is planning to start the process of ditching Research in Motion's signature BlackBerry wireless phone largely in favor of the iPhone, the agency's top tech official told POLITICO.
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 …
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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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay, Now Without Torrents  —  As announced a few weeks ago, The Pirate Bay has now largely stopped serving torrents.  —  Today, all torrent files being shared by more than 10 people have been replaced by so-called magnet links.  —  This means that instead of downloading …
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Verizon to launch family data plan by mid-year  —  Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) expects to offer data plans that can be shared among multiple devices by the middle of the year, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo, who gave the most detailed explanation yet of how Verizon envisions the plans working.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony's PlayStation Vita sells more than 1.2M units worldwide  —  Sony said today that its PlayStation Vita gaming handheld has sold more than 1.2 million units worldwide.  The Vita went on sale last week in the U.S. and Europe, and it has been on sale since December in Japan.
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.
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 …

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