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March 10, 2012, 8:30 PM

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Farhad Manjoo / PandoDaily:
Amazon's brilliant plan to pay you crazy money for your iPad 2  —  It's been three days since Tim Cook unveiled the new iPad, but you're still stuck with your trusty old iPad 2.  You're keen to get rid of it so you can buy the new one, but you forgot to log in to one of those buy-back sites before Wednesday's launch.
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.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
After Megaupload Bust, Putlocker and RapidShare Pick Up Slack  —  The Feds shut down Megaupload two months ago, but browser-based filesharing hasn't slowed down.  It has just moved to other websites.  Before the takedown, Megaupload was the most popular web-based filesharing service — by far.
Mike Isaac / Wired:
With Schemer, Google Plots to Bolster Its Social Efforts  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Google's official party line is “Don't be evil.”  Scheming while twirling a nefarious handlebar mustache, however, seems to be a different story.  —  The data giant isn't going all Snidely Whiplash on us.
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 …
Laura June / The Verge:
5 Minutes on The Verge: Techmeme's Gabe Rivera  —  Gabe Rivera is the founder and editor of tech news aggregator Techmeme, which he started in 2005 as a one man operation, and which now has a staff of 10 people who also help to run its sister site, Mediagazer.
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 …
Michelle Paulson / Wikimedia blog:
Transfer of Wikipedia sites from GoDaddy complete  —  After months of deliberation and a complicated transfer, the Wikimedia Foundation domain portfolio has been successfully transferred from GoDaddy to MarkMonitor.  The portfolio transfer was formally completed on Friday, March 9th, 2012.

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