March 4, 2012, 12:25 PM

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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:
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Anonymous, Decentralized and Uncensored File-Sharing is Booming  —  The avalanche of negative file-sharing news over the past weeks hasn't gone unnoticed to users and site operators.  —  From SOPA to Megaupload, there is a growing uncertainly about the future of sharing.
More: WebProNews and Slashdot
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Highlight Needs To Let You Switch Off ‘Friend Of Friend’ Notifications Before SXSW  —  Ambient location app Highlight is a big deal.  Eldon likes it, Scoble likes it, MG and Mike like it and Grindr fan Charlie Cheever likes it.  More importantly, I like it.
Marco Arment /
Frequent, Intense Mature and Suggestive Themes  —  I've recently heard from a few developers that the “unfiltered-internet apps must be rated 17+” rule is being intermittently enforced again by Apple's app reviewers.  —  Effectively, apps that have embedded webviews that potentially …
More: The Verge
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
SURPRISE: Silicon Valley Hero Marc Andreessen Is Backing Romney  —  Silicon Valley has a reputation for leaning left.  —  Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Google exec Marissa Mayer have hosted big fundraisers for Democratic candidates.  —  Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt is a huge Obama booster.
More: WebProNewsTweets: @danprimack
Robert McMillan / Wired:
The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network  —  Easy to overlook, the PwnPlug offers a tiny back door to the corporate network.  Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired  —  When Jayson E. Street broke into the branch office of a national bank in May of last year, the branch manager could not have been more helpful.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Court Filings Suggest Google Fighting Feds Over Megaupload Emails  —  A pair of cryptic court filings surfaced in Virginia this week that suggest Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is in a fight with the federal government over Megaupload, the file-sharing site that was shut down in a dramatic raid in January.
More: GizmodoThanks:@jeffjohnroberts
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.
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.

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