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March 6, 2012, 2:35 PM

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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 …
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.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Next iPad will be the iPad HD, not the iPad 3  —  CNET has learned that Apple's next iPad will break with its traditional numbering scheme in order to promote its big new feature: the high-definition screen.  —  CNET has learned that Apple's next tablet will be called the iPad HD instead of the iPad 3.
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
98% of U.S. Apple Retail Stores Out of Stock of Apple TV [Updated]  —  Last week, we noted that shortages of the Apple TV at third-party retailers had begun spreading to Apple itself, with a number of the company's own retail stores reporting that the set-top box was unavailable for immediate in-store pickup.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patent for iWallet: The one that will rule the World  —  In May or 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.
More: 9to5Mac and NFC World
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Jason Fried / Signal vs. Noise:
Launch: The all new Basecamp  —  After a ton of very hard work, and lots of debates and decisions, we're thrilled to be able to share the all new Basecamp with you.  —  This has been a company-wide effort.  Every designer, every programmer, every sys admin, and every support team member were involved in building this product.
More: The Verge
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Israeli President Shimon Peres checks in at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters  —  Continuing his four-day visit to the Bay Area in a bid to strengthen ties between Israel and Silicon Valley's leading tech companies, Israeli President Shimon Peres stopped by Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters Tuesday …
Jacob Schulman / The Verge:
Adobe Lightroom 4 available now for $149, brings photo book creation and updated tools  —  The latest version of Adobe's photo-management and editing tool, Lightroom 4, was released in beta in early January, but today the software loses that status and officially replaces Lightroom 3.
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 …
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Disney's YouTube Deal Kicks In, So Free Kids' TV Starts Showing Up  —  YouTube is gunning for the TV business by trying to create a new genre of Web video programs that will capture TV eyeballs and ad dollars.  —  But Google's Web video giant is also very happy to run good old-fashioned TV shows, if it can get its hands on them.
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 …
Danny Sullivan / CNET:
Welcome to ‘Common Sense Tech’  —  CNET has a new column: “Common Sense Tech.”  Danny Sullivan offers an introduction on what to expect, from practical tips to asking “why doesn't this work better?”  —  I'm excited to be penning a new column for CNET—"Common Sense Tech."
Twitter Blog:
Twitter Now Available in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu  —  Today we're launching Twitter in four new languages: Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu.  —  We first added these four languages to the Twitter Translation Center on January 25.  Thirteen thousand volunteers around the globe immediately got to work …
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.

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Atlassian:
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Zoho Blogs:
Zoho CRM - Discontinuing Integration with LinkedIn  —  Back in 2011, to help our customers focus more on selling and less CRMing, we started offering integration with LinkedIn along with various other important features.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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