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March 10, 2012, 7:05 AM

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Brad Molen / Engadget:
Exclusive: Sprint iPad shows up in Best Buy's database  —  If you were keeping score during Apple's iPad keynote on Wednesday, you noticed AT&T and Verizon listed amongst the carriers that will get the new iPad, but what about Sprint?  It's going to be rockin' LTE in the not-too-distant future, after all.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Loopt's Sam Altman on Why He Sold to Green Dot for $43.4M  —  Mobile location start-up Loopt will be acquired by the banking company Green Dot, best-known for its prepaid cards.  —  The deal is worth $43.4 million in cash, though that includes $9.8 million set aside in retention payments for key Loopt employees.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
AT&T's Nokia Lumia 900 launch delayed, now set to debut on April 22nd for $99.99  —  BGR exclusively reported this past January that the Nokia Lumia 900 will retail for a mind-blowing $99.99 with two-year agreement when it launches on AT&T. We also reported that the sleek smartphone was slated …
Steve Tenerowicz / Know Your Cell:
Popular mobile game developer Mika Mobile ending support for Android  —  Mika Mobile, developer of the popular games Battleheart and Zombieville USA, announced today that it will no longer be developing games for Google's Android mobile OS  —  Mika Mobile, developer of the hit Android games Zombieville USA …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple provides additional details, renders for Cupertino campus project  —  The city of Cupertino released on Friday updated plans and renders for Apple's Cupertino campus project providing additional views of the proposed facility.  —  Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs first unveiled plans …
Wall Street Journal:
How ‘Kony’ Clip Caught Fire Online  —  An Internet video seeking to draw attention to fugitive African rebel leader Joseph Kony now stands as the fastest-growing viral phenomenon in Web history, thanks to informal celebrity advocates and young viewers.  —  Posted online on Monday …
More: Forbes
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Army Warns Of Danger Of Geotagging  —  While for an ordinary civilian the automatic geotagging of your photos or check-ins might be convenient, in the military it can be a lethal mistake.  In 2007, geotagged photos of a new fleet of helicopters allowed enemy forces to mortar the base …
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.
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Twitter Catches the ‘SPDY’ Train  —  Twitter has embraced Google's vision of a faster web and is now serving webpages over the SPDY protocol to browsers that support it.  —  SPDY, pronounced “speedy,” is a replacement for the HTTP protocol — the language currently used when your browser talks to a web server.
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.
Matt Thomas:
Something's Unraveling, Alright  —  Jolie O'Dell at VentureBeat: Apple's press conference showed a brand unraveling While today's Apple event unveiled a couple new improvements to an expected lineup of products, it also revealed a certain sloppiness that was absent from former, Steve Jobs-led launches.
More: SlateTweets: @jamesdickson and @carnage4life
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Anonymous leaks Symantec's Norton anti-virus source code  —  Summary: Anonymous has released what appears to be the source code from Norton Antivirus 2006, in what could be a seriously damaging exercise for Symantec.  —  Anonymous, for which LulzSec was distantly related to …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal's New Digital Wallet Will Offer Personalized Deals, Flexible Payments, And More  —  We've been hearing recently about PayPal's in-store payments platform for large retailers (which will soon be rolled out to small businesses as well).  But we haven't seen PayPal do much in the past few months …
More: VentureBeat and GigaOM
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple brings in 73 Korean-American contract attorneys and 20 reviewers to sift through tons of Samsung documents  —  Apple is facing a huge challenge in dealing with truckloads of Korean-language documents produced by Samsung in two federal lawsuits in California and two ITC investigations.
More: MacNN
Jennifer Howard / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Google Begins to Scale Back Its Scanning of Books From University Libraries  —  Google has been quietly slowing down its book-scanning work with partner libraries, according to librarians involved with the vast Google Books digitization project.  But what that means for the company's long-term investment in the work remains unclear.
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Mozilla begins development of Firefox for Metro  —  Summary: Mozilla today announced that it has begun “a very large project” to build a Metro styled version of Firefox for Windows 8.  Can Firefox for Metro really be ready this summer?  —  Mozilla's Brian R. Bondy revealed today that development has begun on Firefox for Metro.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Twitter's Secret History As the World's Worst Tech or Media Business  —  Twitter Inc.'s been spinning quite a turnaround story in the press lately.  The microblogging service “has finally turned a corner,” declares the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek.  “It's a juggernaut,” a company executive tells the magazine.
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
Intel aims for faster Thunderbolt with PCI-Express 3.0  —  Intel is working to boost data transfer speeds with a faster pipe on Thunderbolt, a high-speed connector technology that link computers with peripherals, the company said on Thursday.  —  Intel is working to boost data transfer speeds …

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