March 6, 2012, 5:40 PM

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Jamie Rosenberg / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Play: All your entertainment, anywhere you go  —  Entertainment is supposed to be fun.  But in reality, getting everything to work can be the exact opposite—moving files between your computers, endless syncing across your devices, and wires...lots of wires.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Android Market Becomes “Google Play,” Reflects Google's Multiplatform Content Aims  —  Android Market is dead.  Long live Google Play!  Today, Google announced that it is changing the name of its Android Market to Google Play, a move it hopes better reflects that the marketplace now offers more than apps …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple's next iPad will be available on March 16th, additional launch event planned  —  .  —  We've been told by an Apple Store source who has been reliable in the past that preparations are being made for a big Apple Store event which will culminate on Friday, March 16th.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Sources: Apple TV update, iPad 3 for Verizon and AT&T LTE launching tomorrow, no quad-core SoC  —  When Tim Cook takes the stage tomorrow in San Francisco, a new iPad apparently won't be the only product announced.  As we reported last week, a new Apple TV model is expected to arrive alongside the higher-resolution iPad update.
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Infamous international hacking group LulzSec brought down by own leader  —  EXCLUSIVE: Law enforcement agents on two continents swooped in on top members of the infamous computer hacking group LulzSec early this morning, and acting largely on evidence gathered by the organization's brazen leader …
Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Google, Motorola Mobility Ordered to Give Apple Android Development Data  —  Google Inc. and a Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) unit were ordered by the U.S. judge presiding over an Apple Inc. (AAPL) patent lawsuit to turn over information about the development of Google's Android operating system.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patent for iWallet: The one that will rule the World  —  In May of 2010 we were surprised to see Apple's first iWallet patent officially surface.  In that year we witnessed a steady stream of Near Field Communication based patents that kick started the iWallet trend.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Countering the Google Plus Image Problem  —  Google has a bit of an image problem.  —  For people peering in, Google Plus, Google's latest attempt at social media, has been a ghost town.  Some say it is a desolate wasteland that is used only by, well, Google employees and a few Google faithful.
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Ben Popper / VentureBeat:
Rep. Darrell Issa opens up secretive intellectual property “treaty”, ACTA, to the public  —  While Americans were busy fighting the SOPA and PIPA bills at home, nations around the globe, including the United States, were signing on to ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
With New Hardware, Square Begins Taxi Rollout  —  If you've ever been in a rush and in a taxi cab in New York, then you know how it feels to swipe your credit card at the end of the ride and wait for the receipt to pop out so you can sign it and hand it back to the driver.
Dan Polivy / Bing:
Announcing: Bing Maps for Metro Style Apps  —  On Wednesday, February 29, our friends over in the Windows division proudly unveiled the Windows 8 Consumer Preview release to the world.  Today, we are excited to announce a beta of the new Bing Maps SDK for Metro style apps …
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Amazon drops cloud prices worldwide (again)  —  Summary: Amazon has cut the prices of four of its core cloud Amazon Web Services for the nineteenth time in six years, putting pressure on its Microsoft cloud service competitor.  —  Amazon has announced a “significant” price decrease across …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Checking In With the Foursquare Founder Parting: More “Tense” (Of Course)  —  This last weekend, Foursquare founder Naveen Selvadurai announced in a blog post that he was leaving the company, three years after launching the check-in service with Dennis Crowley.
David Kravets / Wired:
Uncle Sam: If It Ends in .Com, It's .Seizable  —  When U.S. authorities shuttered sports-wagering site last week, it raised eyebrows across the net because the domain name was registered with a Canadian company, ostensibly putting it beyond the reach of the U.S. government.
Chris Sauve / pxldot:
iOS Ebb and Flow  —  I'd like to fill in the picture I began in my recent post on Android fragmentation by examining the changes in version distribution of the other major mobile operating system: iOS.  —  Unfortunately, this was no quite as easy as it was for Android.
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Dwolla Being Sued by Bitcoiners for $2 M.  —  The Iowa payments startup—yeah, the one that just raised $5 million led by Union Square Ventures—has been hit with its first lawsuit.The proprietors of a major Bitcoin exchange have filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California alleging …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Verizon warns demand will outstrip LTE capacity ‘as early as 2013’  —  The nation's top two carriers — Verizon and AT&T — are keen to remind federal regulators of their spectrum constraints at every opportunity.  To that end, Verizon took to a joint filing to the FCC with SpectrumCo …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: Microsoft Office 15 features and improvements  —  Microsoft is currently testing a Technical Preview version of Office 15, its next-generation office productivity suite.  A small number of third-party partners, OEMs, and businesses have access to the code, but Microsoft is staying mum …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Forrester: No Android Tablet Has More Than 5% Share vs iPad.  How Does Amazon's Kindle Fire Compare?  —  On the eve of what may well be the launch of a brand new iPad from Apple comes some new analysis from Forrester Research on the current competitive landscape in tablets — or lack thereof, as the case seems to be.
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Congressmen: Do Government Agencies Regularly Spy On Federal Employees' E-Mails?  —  How closely does Big Brother watch its employees?  —  Earlier this year, a group of doctors and scientists who had previously worked with the FDA sued the agency for secretly monitoring them after they blew …
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