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March 9, 2012, 5:50 AM

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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.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
New iPad 4G LTE incompatible with networks outside North America  —  Despite being labeled a ‘4G LTE-capable’ device, Apple's third generation iPad will likely be incompatible with the radio frequencies supporting the wireless technology outside of the U.S. and Canada.
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.
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:
Yishan Wong / reddit:
New reddit CEO reporting for duty  —  Hi everyone.  My name is Yishan Wong, and this week I'm starting a new job.  It turns out that this job is the CEO position at reddit.  I've been a redditor since 2005 (yishan) and over the years, I've read blog posts about the ups and downs of the reddit team …
More: CNET, VentureBeat, Forbes, The Next Web and AllThingsDTweets: @semilThanks:@hornokplease
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 …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Financing to Value Instagram at $500 Million  —  Instagram is poised to raise a new round of financing that will value the popular photo-sharing application at as much as $500 million, people familiar with the matter said, despite skepticism that the fast-growing company will find a way to make money.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
After the pwnage: Critical Google Chrome hole plugged in 24 hours  —  Less than 24 hours after a Russian hacker pocketed $60,000 by exploiting a previously unknown critical vulnerability in Google Chrome, company developers released an update removing the security threat.
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).
Jonathan Bennett / OpenStreetMap Foundation:
Nielsen Wire:
Buzz in the Blogosphere: Millions More Bloggers and Blog Readers  —  Blogs are sometimes overlooked as a significant source of online buzz in comparison to social networking sites, yet consumer interest in blogs keeps growing.  By the end of 2011, NM Incite, a Nielsen/McKinsey company …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Apple Downplays Role Of ‘Kindle Threat’ In Alleged e-Book Conspiracy  —  A court filing provides new insight into Apple's version of events concerning an incident in which Steve Jobs told a reporter that “unhappy” publishers might withhold e-books from Amazon.
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.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
After 2+ Years Of Serving Apps, Windows Mobile Marketplace Will Die On May 9  —  What a long, strange trip it's been.  As Microsoft throws their considerable weight behind the Windows Phone platform, they're running out of love for their still-kicking Windows Mobile OS, and today they've driven another nail into its coffin.
Pulse:
Pulse Goes Local: Discover What's Happening Around You  —  Today we're launching Local, a brand new category providing a simple and effective way to discover what's happening around you.  With everything from breaking news, sports, food and deals, Pulse Local will always keep you in the know …
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.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
SeedTable Is A Stunning New Way To Interrogate CrunchBase — And Find Investors  —  I have a love/hate relationship with CrunchBase.  On the one hand, it has great information about startup tech companies.  On the other hand, it relies on a wiki-like structure which means it is sometimes …
More: Betabeat
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Clearwire outs first post-PC WiMAX dongle  —  The most unsexy gadget in mobile just got a lot more attractive.  Clearwire has started to sell a new WiMAX dongle that users can plug into laptops, tablets or netbooks and get instant mobile broadband access - without installing any device management software or messing about with logins.
More: The Verge, GeekWire and CNET
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
HomeSnap Is Not A Boring Real Estate App  —  Sawbuck Realty, an online real estate broker, has just launched a new app called HomeSnap which lets you discover information about any home nationwide just by taking a photo of it.  Using a combination of mobile phone sensors to determine location …
More: Tech CocktailThanks:@loumintzer
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 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
P2P Dropbox Competitor Space Monkey Wins Launch, Has Already Raised $750K  —  Storage startup Space Monkey just took the prize for best new startup at this week's Launch conference in San Francisco.  It's no surprise, since this is one of the companies that everyone I've spoken to here has raved about.
Parker Higgins / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Highlighting a Privacy Problem: Apps Need to Respect User Rights From the Start  —  A new iPhone app called Highlight is poised to be this year's breakout hit at South by Southwest, the Austin tech and media conference that has become known as a web service kingmaker after launching services …

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