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March 1, 2012, 11:50 AM

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Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple likely to begin production of 7.85-inch iPads in 3Q12, say sources  —  Makers in Apple's iPad supply chain have started delivering samples of 7.85-inch iPads for verification, with volume production likely to begin in the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest, according to industry sources.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Foursquare Blog:
foursquare is joining the OpenStreetMap movement!  Say hi to pretty new maps!  —  We usually use this blog for big product announcements, but, as a startup, we also often think about how we can make life easier for other startups.  Today, we're doing both - a little announcement …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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 …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Wacom announces Intuos5 graphics tablets, we go hands-on! (video)  —  It's a couple of months since we spotted paperwork for a mysterious “PTK-450” device at the FCC and now Wacom has finally revealed the gadget that goes with the label.  The Intuos5 tablet is available to purchase immediately in Small …
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 …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Letter From Verizon to FCC Details Their Stance on Bootloaders  —  Android and bootloaders, a topic we can't seem to get away from.  Starting back with the locking of the original Motorola Milestone and then kicking into overdrive with the DROID X, the battle of consumers vs. OEMs and carriers has been an ugly one.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Record Labels Threaten the Open Internet, isoHunt Tells Court  —  In 2010 a conglomerate of record labels - including the ‘Big Four’ of Sony, EMI, Warner and Universal - went after BitTorrent site isoHunt.  —  The site and its owner are accused of facilitating copyright infringement on a massive scale.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt, Ben Horowitz, And Others Share Their Thoughts On The Current State Of Tech IPOs  —  Wealthfront, a startup that has been disrupting the investing and personal finance space, is debuting a new video tonight that is definitely worth a look.  The video features content …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Ireland Signs Controversial ‘Irish SOPA’ Into Law; Kicks Off New Censorship Regime  —  Remember how EMI sued the Irish government for failing to pass a SOPA-like law that will force ISPs to act as copyright cops and censor and block access to websites that the entertainment industry doesn't like?

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