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March 8, 2012, 2:55 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.
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.
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Apple Using OpenStreetMap With Its Own Tiles Instead Of Google Maps In Select Cases  —  As you may have seen by now there were some new iOS screenshots showing maps that don't look like they are from Google.  Below are a couple of the shots in question (via 512Pixels and The Next Web).
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Stephen Wolfram Blog:
The Personal Analytics of My Life  —  One day I'm sure everyone will routinely collect all sorts of data about themselves.  But because I've been interested in data for a very long time, I started doing this long ago.  I actually assumed lots of other people were doing it too, but apparently they were not.
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 …
Alyson Raletz / Kansas City Business Journal:
Missouri approves Google's request to set up video services in Kansas City … has the go-ahead to provide video services in Kansas City.  —  The Missouri Public Service Commission has granted Google Fiber Missouri LLC the authority to build a video service network along public rights of way, according to a March 1 order.
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Hotfile As Bad As Megaupload, MPAA Tells Court  —  As one of the ten largest file-sharing sites on the Internet, Hotfile has become a prime target for Hollywood.  —  February last year the inevitable happened when the MPAA filed a lawsuit against the file-hosting service.
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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