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March 9, 2012, 8:30 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:
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Steve Donohue / Fierce Cable:
Comcast won't offer Netflix to Xfinity TV subscribers  —  While Reuters reported Wednesday that Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) is pitching cable operators the idea of bundling access to its online video service in cable subscriptions, Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) says it isn't interested in teaming up with the online video rival.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Zaarly swaps anonymity for identity in refreshed mobile marketplace  —  With the rise of mobile marketplaces, outsourcing tedious or mundane tasks to a willing gopher has never been easier.  Thursday, one startup seeks to make these mobile conveniences less intimidating for the masses.
More: TechCrunch
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.

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