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March 9, 2012, 2:20 PM

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Charles Annis / DisplaySearch Blog:
How Apple Squeezes Four Times the Number of Pixels into its New iPad Retina Display  —  Apple's new iPad offers multiple enhancements, the most prominent of which - and clearly the focus of Apple's marketing campaign - is the 2048 × 1536, 264 ppi retina display.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The iPad Is Unbeatable  —  Why Apple's tablet competitors don't stand a chance—and maybe never will.  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook announcing the newest iPad  —  Imagine you run a large technology company not named Apple.  Let's say you're Steve Ballmer, Michael Dell, Meg Whitman, Larry Page, or Intel's Paul Otellini.
Trevor Berg / The Dropbox Blog:
A fresh new Dropbox on the web  —  Over the past few weeks, we've been quietly rolling out a major redesign of the Dropbox website.  Today we turned it up to 11, and anyone who signs into dropbox.com will see a simpler, more powerful, and more beautiful web experience.  Here's what we came up with:
John Cook / GeekWire:
T-Mobile executive: Key to fixing industry is removing device subsidies  —  Cole Brodman, CMO of T-Mobile, speaks at the GeekWire Summit in Seattle (Karen Ducey Photography)  —  As mobile devices become more powerful, prices continue to fall.  And while consumers now have more computing power …
Electronista:
Apple TV now treats DVD digital copies as iTunes purchases  —  Previous Apple TV hardware still limited to 720p  —  Users trying out the new Apple TV software update v5.0 have uncovered a significant change in the way the unit (both the previous 2011 version and the new 2012 edition) handle …
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
iTunes 1080p video looks better, saves space using better H.264 compression  —  In the comments on yesterday's AppleTV story, many people doubted whether 1080p support in the third-generation AppleTV will be very useful.  That question becomes even more relevant when observing the file sizes …
John P. Holdren / White House Blog:
Todd Park Named New U.S. Chief Technology Officer  —  I'm very excited that President Obama today is appointing Todd Park as the new U.S. Chief Technology Officer, with the important task of applying the newest technology and latest advances to make the Federal government work better for the American people.
Chad Bray / Wall Street Journal:
FBI's ‘Sabu’ Hacker Was a Model Informant  —  As soon as he was caught, an influential computer hacker agreed to become a government informant and “literally worked around the clock” to help federal agents nab an elusive collective of alleged cyber criminals who have launched online attacks against companies …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Microsoft's next-gen Xbox will reportedly drop disc drives, launching in 2013  —  Microsoft has stayed quiet on its plans to launch a successor to its wildly popular Xbox 360 console, but a new report today has suggested that the company will do away with the traditional disc drive for its next-generation console and launch in 2013.
Quentin Hardy / Bits:
H.P. Attempts to Take On Amazon's Cloud Service  —  Within two months, Hewlett-Packard will offer a large and powerful cloud computing service similar to Amazon Web Services, but with more business-oriented features, according the head of the project.  —  “We're not just building a cloud …
Mark Memmott / NPR:
Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes Is Buying ‘The New Republic’  —  Social media meets old media:  —  Saying that he's convinced “the demand for long-form, quality journalism is strong in our country,” Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that he's buying The New Republic.
Hubert Nguyen / Ubergizmo:
Apple A5X and the great quad-core confusion, explained  —  When Apple announced the New iPad, the part about the Apple A5X chip has created a lot of confusion, hype, joy and sometime sheer anger: first, many now believe that the new iPad is a Quad-Core tablet and secondly …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Cloud's price race to zero: Microsoft cuts Azure pricing, eyes Amazon  —  Summary: Cloud computing costs are falling fast for IT buyers and are already on par with electricity rates.  —  Microsoft on Friday cut pricing on its Azure storage as you go service and its extra small compute effort.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Music service Turntable.fm signing major labels  —  The start-up that sparked a lot of attention is close to finalizing licensing agreements with most of the major record companies.  —  Turntable.fm, the service that allows users share music within virtual “rooms,” is closing in on becoming a fully licensed service, CNET has learned.

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