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March 7, 2012, 11:40 AM

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Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:
Three iPads later, other tablets still dead on arrival  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Apple unleashed the original iPad two years ago, selling millions and silencing tablet-market naysayers.  As Apple prepares to unveil the third version of its tablet on Wednesday, its rivals are still stuck at the starting line.
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.
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
What's Next For Google Play?  Audiobooks And Magazines  —  Yesterday, Google announced the launch of Google Play, a rebranded Android Market which consolidates all of Google's media offerings, including apps, music, movies and e-books, into one portal.  But it appears that Google's ambitions …
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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.
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.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Analyzing Apple's All-Time Top Apps Lists  —  With the iOS App Store passing 25 billion downloads, Apple has published all-time rankings of the top 25 free and paid iPhone and iPad apps.  (Via Daring Fireball.)  —  Digging in...  - Angry Birds is 3 of the top 10 paid iPhone apps — nos. 1, 5, and 8.
Jackie Dove / Macworld:
Adobe previews Shadow, a free Web development utility, on Adobe Labs  —  Web program works with development tools to preview site designs simultaneously on multiple mobile devices  —  Adobe has unveiled Shadow, a lightweight Web development utility that helps designers and developers preview designs …
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.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
American Express transforms Twitter hashtags into savings for cardholders  —  American Express is giving cardmembers one super compelling reason to tweet about promotional offers: instant savings at name brand U.S. merchants.  —  The company launched a “Tweet your way to savings” …
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 …
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.
Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
‘Anti-Display’ Network BlogFrog Raises $3.2 Million for NY Office and Mom Blog Empire  —  BlogFrog, a community-building network for mom bloggers, has raised $3.2 million in a Series A round of funding led by Grotech Ventures.  Seed investor David Cohen, founder of TechStars also participated.
Chronic Wire:
iOS 5.1 Gold Master passes QA  —  The Gold Master build of iOS 5.1 has been in a vigorous quality assurance phase for the past three weeks, with extensive testing being done internally by Apple as well as by various carriers/partners.  —  It is rumored to have added Japanese language support in Siri …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
NBC partners with YouTube to deliver video services for the London 2012 Olympics  —  US TV company NBC has partnered with Google-owned video service YouTube to provide its video player and livestreaming infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic Games.  —  Comcast, which was recently acquired …
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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.
Chris Dixon:
The problem with investing based on pattern recognition  —  A famous story in artificial intelligence is how the US military developed algorithms to determine whether an image had a tank in it.  They used a standard machine learning method: feed the computer a “training set” of photos …
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.

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Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
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