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March 7, 2012, 12:20 PM

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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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” …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Google looking to unload Motorola's TV set-top box business  —  This just in: The TV set-top box is on its deathbed.  —  Google is looking to unload the set-top box business it will inherit from Motorola Mobility even before it closes on the $12.5 billion acquisition, The Post has learned.
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 …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung sues Apple over patents in Korea (after saying it wouldn't)  —  Samsung has backtracked on plans to avoid a legal dispute with Apple in Korea, after the company revealed that it has filed a suit in the country.  According to a Reuters report, Samsung is claiming that the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 infringe on three of its patents.
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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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 …

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