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February 29, 2012, 8:20 AM

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Tom Krazit / GigaOM:
Why Windows 8 is Microsoft's most vital launch in years  —  Microsoft Windows was a fact of life for an entire generation raised on the PC.  But we live in a different world now, and perhaps nothing underscores how much that world has changed more than the fact that the version of Windows …
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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
MEET THE NEXT CEO OF MICROSOFT: Steven Sinofsky Is The Heir Apparent  —  It was summer 2009.  —  Microsoft had just shipped the final code for Windows 7 to PC manufacturers, who had begun burning it onto the tens of millions of new computers that would ship that Christmas.
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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.
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Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Helpful Tips For Keeping Your Job As Editor Of Techcrunch  —  I rarely get writers block, but I've aborted multiple attempts to write about the leadership change at TechCrunch yesterday.  So I'm going to keep it simple.  —  I'm exceptionally bummed that so many people have left TechCrunch.
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Nancy Gohring / ITworld.com:
Google once considered issuing currency  —  After discovering legal hurdles, it ditched the idea of ‘Google Bucks’  —  Google once considered issuing its own currency, to be called Google Bucks, company Chairman Eric Schmidt said on stage in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress Tuesday.
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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Feature: How Red Hat killed its core product—and became a billion-dollar business  —  A decade ago, Linux developer Red Hat faced a decision that would make or break the company: whether to stop producing the very product that gave Red Hat its name.  The company was built on Red Hat Linux …
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Spotify Exec Ken Parks On “Windowing”: Mind-Boggling, Very Bad, Hostile  —  The biggest threat right now to subscription-based music services isn't coming from consumers or record labels—with millions of customers paying for monthly plans to Spotify and Rhapsody, all four majors see the services as major new sources of revenue.
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
eBay's iPad trade-ins up 10-fold from same time last year  —  eBay says 10 times the number of people traded in their iPads during February than did during the same time year.  —  Stack of iPads are piled up at the San Francisco Apple Store at the 2010 launch.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Scoop: Less than 1M Google TV devices in use  —  It's widely known Google TV hasn't exactly been a success story.  Early CE partner Logitech lost millions on the device, and consumer feedback was mostly negative after the first devices reached the market in late 2010.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Track Who's Tracking You With Mozilla Collusion  —  LONG BEACH, Calif. — Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs took the TED stage Tuesday morning to introduce Collusion, a Firefox browser add-on that lets you track who's tracking you across the web for behavioral targeting purposes.
Burt Helm / Inc.com:
The Forgotten Founder: YouSendIt's Khalid Shaikh  —  In Silicon Valley offices, the framed founder's doodle is as common as jewel-toned furniture and quirky conference-room names.  But there's something peculiar about the drawing hanging in the colorful lobby at YouSendIt …
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 …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Marvel graphic novels available on Apple's iBookstore  —  Marvel graphic novels available on Apple's iBookstore  —  Marvel on Tuesday announced that more than 80 of its graphic novels are now available on Apple's iBookstore.  —  According to Marvel, Civil War, Avengers, Stephen King's Dark Tower …
Jay Greene / CNET:
Kodak brings social photo app to Android  —  The photo company debuts an Android version of an app that lets users create temporary social networks among party-goers to share pictures.  —  Kodak has launched an Android version of a mobile app that lets users create ad hoc social networks to share their photos.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Retrial between Oracle and SAP set for June 2012  —  (Reuters) - Oracle Corp and SAP AG are scheduled to kick off a retrial on June 18, 2012, over copyright infringement allegations against a SAP unit, a U.S. judge ordered on Tuesday.  —  A Northern California jury determined in 2010 …
Reuters:
China higher court hears Apple's iPad appeal  —  (Reuters) - Lawyers for Apple Inc. argued for its right to use the iPad trademark in China on Wednesday, as a higher court began a crucial hearing that could result in sales of the wildly popular tablet computer being halted throughout the Chinese mainland.

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