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March 1, 2012, 1:05 PM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Rumor Mill Ramps Up Production of Cheaper and Smaller iPads  —  The Apple rumor mill has kicked into overdrive in advance of next week's iPad event, pushing out a pair of speculative reports this morning about what lies in the company's product pipeline.  —  The most plausible …
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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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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 …

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