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March 2, 2012, 10:25 AM

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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Apple throws weight around in TV negotiations  —  While Apple harbors big TV ambitions, it's having a tough time getting media companies to play along.  —  Apple is pushing ahead with plans to launch a streaming TV service by Christmas — despite making little headway in its negotiations with content providers, The Post has learned.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Pushing Ahead with Plans for Subscription TV Service by Christmas?  —  The New York Post reports that Apple is pressing ahead with plans to launch its own streaming television service by the end of the year, despite continued resistance from content providers.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Is the New iPad Going To Be Called iPad HD?  (Update 2)  —  Would Apple name the new iPad 3 the iPad HD?  According to alleged part listings from Griffin and Belkin, this may be the case.  The product name is a good match for the its new Retina-like display.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Broadcasters Sue To Stop $12 Streaming Service Aereo  —  Well, that was quick.  Two weeks ago, media mogul Barry Diller announced an ambitious cloud-based TV service that streams over-the-air channels to internet devices for $12 a month.  This week, broadcasters offered their opinion …
Tom Krazit / GigaOM:
Why Google needs to fix Android's image problem  —  “But that's the way we've always done it” never really works as an excuse for an unforeseen problem.  The reasoning behind Android's ability to let app developers access personal smartphone photos without permission is understandable …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yelp Shares Pop Over 60 Percent In Early Trading; Valued At $1.3 Billion  —  Wow.  Reviews site Yelp just saw a huge pop it early trading of its stock on the New York Stock Exchange this morning.  Yelp opened at $22 per share, after pricing at $15 last night.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Mannheim court throws out third Samsung 3G lawsuit against Apple and one of two slide-to-unlock lawsuits against Samsung  —  This morning, the Mannheim Regional Court handed down two patent rulings involving Apple and Samsung.  Judge Andreas Voss threw out the third Samsung v. Apple lawsuit in a row …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga launches Zynga.com, to expand beyond Facebook in a big way  —  In a gigantic strategic step, Zynga announced today that it is launching a new Zynga.com destination website where users can play its social games without going directly through Facebook.  —  The move has big implications …
Chris Dixon:
Some tips for interacting with the press  —  Here are a few things I've learned over the years about the best ways for entrepreneurs to interact with the press (by press I mean blogs as well as traditional media).  — Don't be afraid to ask what the rules are.  Is this on or off the record?
Tweets: @semil and @tomkrazit
Darren Pauli / SC Magazine Australia:
NSA builds Android phone for top secret calls  —  Blueprints released to public.  —  The National Security Agency (NSA) has developed an ultra-secure Android phone built using off-the-shelf kit that allows US Government staff to discuss top secret materials.
Jason Ankeny / FierceMobileContent:
Google: Wallet expanding to 10 more Sprint devices this year  —  BARCELONA, Spain—With Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Wallet support set to expand to the forthcoming LG Viper later this year, Google said U.S. consumers can expect the tap-and-pay system to roll out across a host of additional devices in the months ahead.
Caroline Winter / Business Week:
How Three Germans Are Cloning the Web  —  A purple rooster sculpture made from recycled grape Fanta bottle labels.  Clocks designed to hang in corners.  Bauhaus posters from the 1920s.  Hand-painted vintage typewriters.  These are some of the carefully curated objects for sale on Fab.com …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
VEVO will soon *only* be offering account registration through Facebook  —  According to an email popular music video site VEVO is sending to users, it will only be accepting registration via Facebook moving forward starting March 9th, with the subject line of “The new VEVO.com is coming”:
John R. Ellement / Boston Globe:
Twitter gives Boston police, prosecutors data from one subscriber in criminal inquiry  —  Social media giant Twitter handed over subscriber information yesterday for one Twitter account indirectly tied to the Occupy Boston protest, ending a court battle fought behind closed doors …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Startup Factories: a guide to Europe's accelerators  —  It's been impossible to ignore the rise of the accelerator program over the last few years.  And it's no surprise that the idea of a low-investment bootcamp has become widely mimicked: after all, who wouldn't want to ape Y Combinator …
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook seeking bigger credit line: sources  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc plans to increase its $2.5 billion credit line to help cover a major tax hit when employee stock awards vest shortly after it goes public, according to two sources familiar with the company's plans.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Motorola exec: Product strategy won't change after Google acquisition  —  BARCELONA, Spain—Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) does not expect to change its product strategy in the aftermath of the close of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) $12.5 billion acquisition of the company, a senior Motorola executive said.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NSA Power Grab: New Legislation Would Give It Broad Powers To Spy On ‘Critical’ Private Networks  —  Well, we saw this one coming a mile away.  Last week, in talking about the current fight in the Senate over the new cybersecurity legislation that's making the rounds, we noted that the behind …

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