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March 3, 2012, 2:10 PM

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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Exclusive: Valve said to be working on ‘Steam Box’ gaming console with partners, could announce at GDC  —  Recently there's been chatter that Valve — the company behind the massively popular gaming service Steam — has been considering getting into the hardware business.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPad 3 prices and features matrix revealed  —  iPad 3 price matrix will be the same as iPad 2, above  —  One of the remaining mysteries ahead of the iPad 3 launch next week are the prices and configurations.  If you don't like surprises we have good news.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google's Plan To Compete With Apple's Multi-Platform Siri?  Google “Assistant”  —  The tech world woke up today to reports of an imminent Apple TV, as Apple works to solidify deals with content providers.  The rumored television product could indeed be ground-breaking, not just for television, but for computing as a whole.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Hey, People Buying YELP At $25 A Share, What On Earth Are You Thinking?  —  The king of online local restaurant reviews, Yelp, went public this morning.  —  Its stock is now trading at $25 a share, ~70 percent above the price institutional investors paid for it last night.
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Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Google+ adds new mask effects for Hangouts, so go turn yourself into a cat  —  I'm a huge fan of Google+ Hangouts and I think that the company is really onto something when it comes to interaction over video.  It beats the absolute crap out of a Skype conversation, and has fun effects like Apple should be creating for Facetime.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
When will tablets outsell traditional PCs?  —  I truly believe, and many others in the company believe, that there will come a day that the tablet market in units is larger than the PC market.  Tim Cook Discusses Q1 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript - Seeking Alpha Question is when?
More: GigaOM
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Vortex radio waves could boost wireless capacity “infinitely”  —  After four years of incredulity and not-so-gentle mocking, Bo Thide of the Swedish Institute of Space Physics and a team in Italy have finally proven that it's possible to simultaneously transmit multiple radio channels over exactly the same wireless frequency.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter & Facebook share a problem: Proving social ads work  —  There's a been a big focus recently on the advertising strategy at both Twitter and Facebook, with two in-depth profiles of Twitter in the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek that spent a lot of time talking about the company's ad model …
Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
Retina display Macs, iPads, and HiDPI: Doing the Math  —  Love Apple gear?  Like math?  TUAW's Doing the Math series examines the numbers and the science behind the hardware and software.  —  The rumourmill has been busy lately with claims that we might get “Retina display” Macs soon …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
Beyond Oblivion: How a Promising Music Startup Imploded  —  Beyond Oblivion was supposed to save the music industry.  —  Instead, it lived up to its name, collapsing in dramatic fashion at the end of 2011 when investors lost their patience with a company that kept promising and never delivering.

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