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March 7, 2012, 9:10 AM

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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Creates a New App Store Category Called ‘Catalogs’ on Eve of Media Event  —  On the eve of the Apple media event for the iPad 3, Apple has added a new category in the App Store.  The new category is called “Catalogs” and seems to be not yet fully deployed.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Rumor: Verizon installing LTE equipment at Apple Stores ahead of ‘iPad 3’  —  Verizon Wireless is rumored to have begun installing LTE network equipment at Apple's retail stores in preparation for the arrival of the third-generation iPad.  —  Multiple sources have claimed recently that Apple …
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:
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Stakeout: how the FBI tracked and busted a Chicago Anon  —  “Script kiddie”—no hacker worth his salt wants to hear the term used to describe him.  Anyone with modest computer skills can cause modest havoc using other people's code fragments, scanners, and infiltration tools …
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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.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Netflix in talks for cable partnership  —  (Reuters) - Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings has quietly met with some of the largest U.S. cable companies in recent weeks to discuss adding the online movie streaming service to their cable offerings, according to sources familiar with matter.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Acer: $799 ultrabooks make no profit, aiming for $499 price nonetheless  —  Acer Global President Jianren Weng has been quoted at CeBIT today reiterating something he said at the beginning of December: ultrabooks will drop to the crazy-low price of $499 in 2013 and compete directly against Apple's iPad.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Slide to unlock: how Apple's patents are changing Android  —  Although the worldwide patent lawsuits between Apple and nearly every major Android smartphone vendor have been bitterly fought and may eventually involve government intervention, there's really no day-to-day impact on the consumer …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Spotify: ‘We have to turn ourselves into the OS of music’  —  Streaming music service provides stats for the first apps to launch on its desktop apps platform  —  Spotify users have spent 1,500 years inside apps within its desktop application since the start of December, the company has announced.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google promises a unified social and mobile game platform  —  Within the year, Google will turn its different game platforms into a single, unified platform that developers can more easily target.  That's the promise made today by Punit Soni (pictured second from right), group product manager for the company's Google+ social layer.
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.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Is Amazon getting into original TV?  —  Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube are pouring resources into original content.  Now, Amazon may be, too.  —  FORTUNE — Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube are all betting big on original content.  Now, Amazon may be doing the very same.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
After eight years at Pandora, Executive VP Jessica Steel will be stepping down in May  —  The internet radio company that went public last year, Pandora, had an earnings call today, but we found out some more interesting facts about the company after the call.
More: CNET
Amit Runchal / TechCrunch:
The Barber Of Infinite Loop: How The iPad Could Give Microsoft A Serious Revenue Haircut  —  After Apple pushed its 25 billionth app this weekend there was nothing especially surprising about the list of all-time paid apps for the iPhone: games and novelty apps dominated it.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Bill Gates-owned Corbis unveils an ‘iTunes for music licensing’ with GreenLight Music  —  Corbis may be best known for licensing digital images.  But the Seattle company, started by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in 1989, is expanding its footprint in the digital music arena today with the launch of GreenLight Music.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Sony tries to pivot back to premium, begins ‘unilateral’ pricing on consumer electronics  —  Today at a small gathering of journalists, Sony COO Phil Molyneux shared plans for the company's new retail strategy, and it's a new but familiar direction for the company.

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