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March 7, 2012, 2:30 PM

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Ryan Block / gdgt:
Live Apple iPad 3 event coverage!  —  Are you ready?  Because it's almost time for Apple to upend the tablet world yet again with the much anticipated iPad 3 (or, if the rumors are to believed, “iPad HD").
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple's new iPad: 264PPI Retina display, quad-core A5X chip, iSight, 5MP camera, 4G LTE, March 16th from $499  —  Apple has today announced its new iPad 3, which comes packing a new high-resolution Retina display.  “Until you see it you can't understand how amazing it is”, said CEO Tim Cook.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Apple reveals new 1080p Apple TV: $99, arrives March 16th  —  It looks like we were blind-sided a little by that decidedly iPad-esque invite, because Apple has something more for us — it's just announced the latest iteration of Apple TV and it can do 1080p video.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Updated Version Of iOS Shipping Today With New Languages For Siri  —  Apple just announced it will be shipping an update to iOS today.  —  The new version, iOS 5.1, includes added language report for Siri, including Japanese.  —  iCloud is also getting an update, with support for TV shows and movies.
More: The Verge
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Siri sort-of comes to the new iPad, does voice dictation only  —  Ever since Siri showed up on the iPhone 4S, she's been put to work in a variety of non-Apple approved ways and unofficially ported to other iDevices, including the iPad.  Now Apple's next-gen iPad has made its auspicious debut …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Apple drops iPad 2 price to $399 for the 16GB WiFi-only model  —  Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?  Facing soaring demand for budget tablets (and one in particular), Apple has announced it will sell the iPad 2 alongside the new iPad, with last year's model tumbling to a more palatable price of $399.
More: The Verge
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Anonymous Posts Response Letter To Snitch Sabu (On A Hacked Security Firm's Website)  —  The hacker group Anonymous is dealing with the arrest and betrayal of one of its most vocal members the only way it knows how: By hacking a security firm and covering its website with a rant against feds and snitches.
TSA Out of Our Pants!:
$1B of TSA Nude Body Scanners Made Worthless By Blog — How Anyone Can Get Anything Past The Scanners  —  This video is here to demonstrate that the TSA's insistence that the nude body scanner program is effective and necessary is nothing but a fraud, just like their claims that the program is safe …
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” …
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Nuance buys Transcend for $300 million, bolsters medical business  —  Summary: With the Transcend purchase, Nuance said it will be able to better target mid-sized hospitals.  —  Nuance Communications said it will acquire medical transcription company Transcend in a deal valued at $300 million, or $29.50.
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.
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.
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.

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