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March 8, 2012, 5:15 PM

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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.
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.
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).
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Path 2.1 Launches With Smarter Camera, Shazam-Like Music Match & Support for Nike+  —  Path, the up-and-coming private social network, had a couple of rough days last month because it uploaded its users' address books to its servers without their explicit permission.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft in dispute with OnLive over Windows desktop-on-iPad licensing  —  Summary: Microsoft finally is going public about OnLive, the company offering hosted Office and Windows on iPads and Android tablets and whether it is in violation of Microsoft's virtualization licensing terms.
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.
Nick Brown / Reuters:
Apple barred from pursuing Kodak patent claims now  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc, the biggest company by market value, was told it cannot now pursue an ongoing patent infringement lawsuit against Eastman Kodak Co, and was ordered not to file similar new litigation against the bankrupt photography company.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
BBC Plans iTunes Competitor With Download Fees For New And Old Shows  —  The BBC is developing a radical scheme under which UK viewers would pay to download new and old BBC TV shows from a service it hopes will compete with iTunes.  —  paidContent has learned the BBC executive wants …
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.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Study: Pinterest Now Drives More Referral Traffic Than Twitter  —  It looks like 2012 will be Pinterest's year to shine.  Even if it's not your cup of tea, you can't ignore that fact that it is one of the fastest growing startups ever.  According to the latest data from online sharing tool Shareaholic …

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