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February 29, 2012, 1:40 AM

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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Eric Knorr / InfoWorld:
5 smartphone trends at Mobile World Congress  —  The key characteristics of new mobile devices are bigger, faster, or cheaper  —  Big smartphone vendors such as High Tech Computer (HTC) and LG Electronics are trying to get their mojo back after some challenging times, and they hope …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Tello Raises $2.7M From True Ventures To Give Businesses Consumer Feedback On The Fly  —  Tello,, a SaaS and mobile app that allows customers to give businesses realtime feedback on customer service, has raised $2.7 million in new funding led by True Ventures and Bullpen Capital.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 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.
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.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Megaupload Founder Defeats US Govt Attempts To Put Him Back In Prison  —  On February 22nd, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was released on bail by North Shore District Court Judge Nevin Dawson.  —  Dotcom had been held in custody since an anti-terrorist police squad raided his Coatesville mansion …
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 …

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