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March 8, 2012, 8:50 AM

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Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Sources: Apple's new iPad makes the leap to 1GB of RAM  —  There were a lot of hardware specs bandied about at this morning's iPad event: an A5X processor with quad-core graphics, a 2048 x 1536 Retina Display, and LTE.  One piece of information that wasn't mentioned, however, was RAM.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple new iPad hands-on (update: video!)  —  Here she is — the [iPad HD]!  Er, new iPad.  Breaking away from the numerical tracking system used before (and still used in the iPhone range), Apple has decided to highlight the most major change in its newest slate by simply dubbing it “new.”
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
Why the New iPad is So Huge for Apple  —  Maybe it didn't seem like it, but today's new iPad introduction was Apple's most important event of the year.  —  Sure, the iPhone is still a bigger business for Apple, and probably will be for a while.  But the iPhone is just Apple's small sliver of the giant phone market.
More: Fortune
Stephen Hackett / 512 Pixels:
iPhoto for iOS Not Using Google Maps [Updated]  —  Whatever map tiles are in iPhoto for iOS, they don't look like Google Maps:  —  Apple, back in 2009, bought PlaceBase, a mapping company.  Rumors have been circulating for years that Apple was developing its own mapping solution.
William Savona / The Verge:
New iPad vs. the competition: by the numbers  —  Now that the 3rd generation iPad is out, we thought it was time to see how it stacks up against the competition.  Luckily our product database is perfect for that, and we've put together a comparison for you including the iPad 2 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers  —  Justice Department Threatens Lawsuits, Alleging Collusion Over E-Book Pricing  —  The Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, according to people familiar with the matter.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Nvidia on Apple's iPad A5X graphics claims: Show us the benchmarks  —  Summary: Apple's A5X allegedly has 4X the performance of Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip, but without benchmarks and footnotes the claims ring hollow.  —  Apple took direct aim at Nvidia's Tegra 3—a processor for a new batch of superphones—as it launched its latest iPad.
Jay Greene / CNET:
Former Microsoft exec Ozzie: 'Of course we're in a post-PC world'  —  Speaking at the GeekWire Summit, Microsoft's former chief software architect also sheds little new light on his startup, Cocomo.  —  Ray Ozzie answers a question at the GeekWire Summit in Seattle
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iOS 5.1 Now Available with Japanese Siri, Camera Enhancements, and More  —  Following Apple's announcement that iOS 5.1 would debut today, the software update is now available for existing iOS devices.  Among the notable additions are Japanese language support for Siri, camera enhancements …
Darren Dahl / New York Times:
Selling Online Products by Subscription Is All the Rage  —  After Alex Zhardanovsky sold his online ad company, AzoogleAds, he went looking for a new business concept.  His search took him from skin care to weight-loss products to prize giveaways.  The answer that finally came to him — pet food — was inspired by sheer inconvenience.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Holey chip!  IBM drills holes into optical chip for terabit-per-second speed  —  IBM researchers have built a prototype optical chip that can transfer a terabit of data per second, using an innovative design requiring 48 tiny holes drilled into a standard CMOS chip, facilitating the movement of light.
Rafe Needleman / CNET:
From scooters to servers: The best of Launch, Day One  —  Rafe's top picks from the big startup conference include a service to help you get financial aid, one to get you in shape, and cloud storage company with no servers.  —  The Space Monkey storage pod lives in your house.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Redbox notches its second billion rentals, offers freebies Thursday to celebrate  —  It took six years for Redbox to cross the one billion discs rented mark, but clearly the pace is picking up as it's taken only 18 months to duplicate the feat.  Sure, two billion is no 25 billion …
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