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March 8, 2012, 1:40 PM

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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.
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.
K. T. Bradford / Gotta Be Mobile:
Mobile Hotspot Included in Verizon's iPad 4G LTE Data Plan  —  As expected, Apple's new iPad 3rd generation tablet is available with sweet and speedy 4G LTE from Verizon Wireless and AT&T. Tim Cook also announced that customers will be able to use the tablet as a mobile hotspot as well — that's even better.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers on E-Book Pricing  —  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 …
Jonathan Bennett / OpenStreetMap Foundation:
Welcome, Apple!  —  Yesterday Apple launched iPhoto, its photo management app, for the iPad and iPhone... and we're rather pleased to find they're the latest to switch to OpenStreetMap.  —  The desktop version of iPhoto, and indeed all of Apple's iOS apps until now, use Google Maps.
Stephen Hackett / 512 Pixels:
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
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.
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Twitter Plots Big Changes to Brand Pages  —  E-Commerce, Contests, Sweepstakes Among Features Planned for Advertisers  —  Big changes are coming to Twitter's “brand pages,” the landing pages it offers to some marketers that also spend ad dollars on the network.
Bloomberg:
Dell Seeks Edge Over IPad With Business-Friendly Windows Tablet  —  Dell Inc. (DELL) Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell said there's growing demand for tablet computers that can run the next version of Windows, which may help his company siphon away corporate customers from the iPad.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Plucks At Twitter With Launch Of News Feed Interest Lists  —  Appealing to power users and Twitter loyalists, Facebook today lets users start creating and subscribing to “Interest Lists”.  You can view updates from these collections of Pages and public figures in a dedicated news feed.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
With $1 Million On The Line, Chrome Finally Cracked In Hacking Competition  —  It took four years and possibly the biggest reward a software company has ever offered for information about its own security flaws, but Google finally found what it was looking for: A few hackers willing and able to dismantle its browser in public.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Chris Dodd: The Internet Developed Because Of Strict Copyright Enforcement  —  It's really quite amazing just how badly Chris Dodd still doesn't seem to get what happened in the SOPA/PIPA fight.  Every time he opens his mouth to “explain” what happened, he just looks less and less and less aware of what actually happened.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Yobongo Acquired by Mixbook; Will Shut Down and Become Mobile Team  —  Yobongo, a mobile social discovery app, will be acquired by the fast-growing photo book creation service Mixbook, the two companies announced today.  —  Yobongo had only tens of thousands of monthly active users …
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Sequoia Capital Invests $10 Million in Songkick  —  Songkick, an online service that alerts fans about local concerts by their favorite artists, has been growing fast since it started in London in 2007.  —  The site is dedicated to the idea of making the concert-going process as easy …
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.

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