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March 9, 2012, 8:00 PM

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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.
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.
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.
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Leaked: Police Plan to Raid The Pirate Bay  —  In the spring of 2006 a team of 65 Swedish police personnel entered a datacenter in Stockholm.  The officers were tasked with shutting down the largest threat to the entertainment industry at the time - The Pirate Bay's servers.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
New problem for Amazon: Sony defects to OpenStack  —  Updated: Sony's gaming arm is moving at least some of its workload from Amazon Web Services to the rival Rackspace OpenStack.  That move shows that, although AWS remains the leader in public cloud infrastructure, it faces increasing competition …
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 …
Foursquare Blog:
Is it open?  Business hours are now on foursquare!  —  On the prowl for a late night snack?  Or a cafe that's open super early?  Or a place that's still serving brunch on a late Sunday afternoon?  —  Now when you're looking for great places to try, you'll see a business' hours …
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to close iWork.com service on July 31st, tells users to use iCloud instead  —  In an email to customers, Apple has announced that their iWork.com beta service will be shutting down effective July 31, 2012.  The service was launched in early 2009 in concert with iWork '09 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Investing $300 Million in Austin, Texas to Add 3,600 More Workers  —  The State of Texas today announced that Apple has committed to spend $304 million to expand its operations in Austin, seeking to add 3,600 employees to its facilities there. … Apple's campus in Austin, Texas (Source: Flickr/The Pug Father)
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Cha-ching!  Chegg raises $25M more for textbook and education platform  —  Textbook rental service Chegg has raised nearly $25 million in equity funding, according to a form D the company filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange commission.  —  “The funding is led by existing investors …
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Secrets of the acquisition process from EA and Zynga (straight from the horse's mouth!)  —  The corporate development folks over at Electronic Arts and Zynga shared some insider advice last night on how the acquisitions process works at both companies.  —  I've excerpted some advice from the panel …
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 …
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 …
Karan Mangla / Facebook:
Under the Hood: Building the Location API  —  Earlier this week, we added the ability to tag location in stories published from apps on the open graph.  Like with any update you make from your composer, location can now be added to any photo, link, or update written from an app back to Facebook …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Clouds & APIs: Mayor Lee Unveils The San Francisco Open Data Cloud  —  With 30,000 tech jobs already in town and more (hopefully) on the way, San Francisco has been making a big push to make its city as friendly as possible to entrepreneurs.  In January, we saw Mayor Ed Lee, Ron Conway …
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.
More: Ars TechnicaThanks:@edbott
Kevin Shalvey / Investor's Business Daily:
SEC, Google Tussled On Phrasing, Timing Of Disclosure  —  A series of letters between Google (GOOG) and SEC lawyers detail tussles between the two sides over when Google should have warned stockholders about its $500 million settlement for Canadian pharmaceutical ads.

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