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February 28, 2012, 11:01 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.
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.
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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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Salesforce's canceled HQ project puzzles investors  —  (Reuters) - Web-based software maker Salesforce.com Inc's cancellation of plans to build a massive office complex in San Francisco has puzzled investors and city officials.  —  The pioneer in cloud computing said on Monday it would no longer …
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 …
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.
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.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Flickr updates its design with new ‘justified’ view  —  If there's one thing that you think of when it comes to elegant, easy-to-use modern design, it's not Flickr.  The photo sharing service announced last month that it was going to spruce up its design and get rid of some dead weight, and now one of those changes is taking effect.
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: CNET and eWeek
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
It's a 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.
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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 …

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