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March 1, 2012, 1:40 PM

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Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
Apple expected to unveil 16GB and 32GB iPad 3 as well as 8GB iPad 2 on March 7  —  As Apple has scheduled an event on March 7, sources from its upstream supply chain pointed out that the company is expected to launch two iPad 3 models - a 16GB version and 32GB version.
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Twitter, the Startup That Wouldn't Die  —  Life inside successful Web startups—especially the really successful ones—can be nasty, brutish, and short.  As companies grow exponentially, egos clash, investors jockey for control, and business complexities rapidly exceed the managerial abilities of the founders.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Readability for iOS Review  —  The official Readability app for iOS, available today on the App Store, had a complicated history with Apple and its approval process.  Since Readability relaunched last year with an ambitious focus on publishers and “read anywhere”, the service struggled …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
AT&T relents on unlimited data throttling, increases cap to 3GB for HSPA+ and 5GB for LTE  —  AT&T has announced today that it is retooling the throttling policy on its unlimited smartphone data plan, a legacy offering still in use by many customers — largely because it was long the standard-issue package sold alongside the iPhone.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Keeping Google From Watching Your Searches  —  Worried about Google collecting data about your online searches?  —  An online privacy start-up called Abine is rolling out a tool Thursday that promises to help people keep their search information secret.  The tool, called Protected Search …
More: WebProNews
David Kravets / Wired:
Constitutional Showdown Voided: Feds Decrypt Laptop Without Defendant's Help  —  Colorado federal authorities have decrypted a laptop seized from a bank-fraud defendant, mooting a judge's order that the defendant unlock the hard drive so the government could use its contents as evidence against her.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Square Gets Approved for New York City Taxicab Pilot  —  The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has approved a proposal to deploy Square payments technology in 30 taxicabs as part of a test phase.  VeriFone Systems Inc. and Creative Mobile Technologies LLC currently hold contracts …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
For Impatient Web Users, an Eye Blink Is Just Too Long to Wait  —  Wait a second.  —  No, that's too long.  —  Remember when you were willing to wait a few seconds for a computer to respond to a click on a Web site or a tap on a keyboard?  These days, even 400 milliseconds …
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Google Grows in New York City  —  Google Inc. has dramatically expanded its presence in Manhattan in the past year, adding roughly 750 people to its outpost in 2011 in the most prominent example of a technology company shifting its focus toward New York.  —  After acquiring four New York companies …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Delicious Founder Creates New People Search Engine, Skills.to  —  Joshua Schachter and his team of star developers at TastyLabs have begun work on a second project, an endorsement and people search engine called Skills.to.  The site lets you endorse people for their skills in various fields …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Edgy Location-Sharing App Maker Highlight Raises Seed Funding  —  Highlight, a buzzy iPhone app that takes location-sharing to the next level, has raised funding.  —  It's just a seed round, but a significant one — the company isn't disclosing the amount, but it should tell you something …
John Campbell / 3 News:
Kim Dotcom's first TV interview: 'I'm no piracy king' … Campbell Live has spoken exclusively with Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom in his first TV interview since being arrested.  —  Dotcom faces a barrage of FBI charges relating to the operation of his file sharing company Megaupload.
Bits:
Et Tu, Google?  Android Apps Can Also Secretly Copy Photos  —  It's not just Apple.  Photos are vulnerable on Android phones too.  —  As Bits reported earlier this week, developers who make applications for Apple iOS devices have access to a person's entire photo library, as long as that person allows the app to use location data.
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Cable Firms Warm to Outdoor Wi-Fi  —  Interest Picks Up in Offering Mobile-Device Users an Alternate Route to the Web  —  When Michael Linder, a self-confessed news junkie, heard about Time Warner Cable Inc.'s outdoor Wi-Fi network in his hometown of Los Angeles, he couldn't wait to try it.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Microsoft's Windows 8 Preview event videos now available  —  Still not satisfied after our minute by minute liveblog of Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview event this morning from Barcelona and detailed hands-on impressions?  Video of the entire presentation, along with a few demo trailers …
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Los Angeles Times:
Eduardo Saverin: Facebook can ‘be as big as we can imagine’  —  Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, speaking to CNBC in his first TV interview, said the social network was still “in the very early beginnings.”  (CNBC )  —  Facebook is prepping for its eagerly anticipated $5-billion initial …
More: CNBC and All Facebook
Chuck Squatriglia / Wired:
California Lawmaker Wants Rules for Robo-Cars  —  California Sen. Alex Padilla has seen the future of driving.  It is autonomous, and coming to California.  —  The senator hopped into one of Google's self-driving Toyota Prius hybrids on Wednesday for a robo-ride to the capital …
Terry Baynes / Reuters:
U.S. court approves warrantless searches of cell phones  —  (Reuters) - U.S. police can search a cell phone for its number without having a warrant, according to a federal appeals court ruling.  —  Officers in Indiana found a number of cell phones at the scene of a drug bust, and searched each phone for its telephone number.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
The Truth About Those AOL Layoffs You're Hearing About  —  PandoDaily is reporting that AOL is going to lay off hundreds of employees in the next week.  —  Here's what's actually going on, according to a source briefed on AOL's plans.  — AOL will be letting some people go soon, but not at numbers nearly so high.

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