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March 13, 2012, 1:45 PM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Sues Facebook for Patent Infringement, Which Social Network Calls “Puzzling” (Including Filing)  —  In what is either the boldest gamble of its history or the most boneheaded, Yahoo has filed a massive patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook.  —  The attack by the Internet icon …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
First Unboxing Video of 3rd Generation Retina iPad  —  While the official launch of the 3rd Generation iPad isn't until March 16th, Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn has managed to get their hands on one of the new iPads and shot an unboxing video.  —  The video, of course, is in Vietnamese, but you can follow along pretty easily.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Nice Try: Motorola Demanded a License to Every One of Apple's Patents  —  Motorola Mobility's request that Apple pay it patent royalties of 2.25 percent on sales of some iPhones and iPads in return for a license to its standards-essential patents, while aggressive, was not the most onerous demand …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
I'm not a “curator”  —  Curator's Code is an attempt to codify and standardize “via” links and attribution from link blogs and aggregators with two new symbols:  — á"¥ means “via”  — means “hat tip”  —  It's completely misguided.  —  First of all, readers aren't going to learn what those symbols mean.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Sources: PayPal to launch Square competitor  —  PayPal's plans to announce a solution for small businesses at an event this Thursday includes a mobile payment dongle that would compete against Square, Intuit (intu), Verifone and others, according to sources we've talked to who are familiar with PayPal's plans.
Sachin Agarwal / The Official Posterous Space:
Posterous is Joining the Flock at Twitter  —  Big news: Posterous has been acquired by Twitter!  —  The opportunities in front of Twitter are exciting, and we couldn't be happier about bringing our team's expertise to a product that reaches hundreds of millions of users around the globe.
Rdio Blog:
Introducing: New Rdio  —  Welcome to new Rdio.  We built it for you — it's faster, simpler, and more social.  —  New Rdio is a visually beautiful and dynamic way to play Rdio's massive catalogue of 15 million songs.  New features include the oft requested drag and drop playlist creation …
More: MacStories
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Google I/O registration opens March 27th, last year it took less than an hour to sell out  —  Google opens its registration for the I/O conference on March 27th this year.  Remember, last year tickets sold out in under an hour.  —  The conference is also moved back a month from May to June …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Galaxy S II Android 4.0 update rolling out today in Korea, Poland, Sweden, and Hungary  —  As promised, Samsung is finally rolling out Android 4.0 to Galaxy S II users in Korea, and has also announced the first details of European availablity.  Poland, Sweden, and Hungary will also be getting …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Al Gore with Sean Parker at SXSW: ‘Occupy democracy!’  —  It's the early days of using social media to activate people in politics, but America's former VP and Facebook's founding president say democracy can be saved—if people get empowered online.  —  Former U.S. vice president Al Gore sits …
Frank Langfitt / NPR:
iPad Workers: Plant Inspected Hours Before Blast … Workers burned during an explosion at an Apple supplier factory in Shanghai are seen at a hospital where they are receiving continued treatment for their injuries.  According to the factory, 24 workers were burned in the explosion.
Carl Franzen / TPM Idea Lab:
McGraw Hill Thinks New iPad Will Be Ticket To E-Textbook Revolution  —  McGraw Hill Education, one of Apple's leading partners in its e-textbook initiative announced in January, thinks that the new iPad unveiled on March 7 will lead to a revolution in education materials, but perhaps not for the obvious reasons.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Will 4G LTE devices ever roam internationally?  —  The widespread acceptance of 4G LTE was supposed to unite wireless operators around the globe.  But the worldwide spectrum crunch is making international roaming a tough problem to solve.  —  It's true that today iPad owners …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Sony Xperia Sola launches with ‘floating touch,’ NFC, 3.7-inch Reality Display, and Android 2.3  —  Undeterred by the negative reaction to the Xperia S launching with Gingerbread on board, Sony is adding yet another smartphone to the ranks of Android 2.3 handsets: the Xperia Sola.
Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
Stephen Elop: Nokia Lumia coming to China on March 28th  —  China recently greeted its first Windows Phone (on pre-order, anyway), but if Stephen Elop has his way, Nokia will be hot on HTC's heels.  The company's CEO has revealed that Nokia will unleash its Lumia handsets upon the People's Republic on March 28th.
Nielsen Wire:
A Store in Your Pocket: Retailer Mobile Websites Beat Apps among US Smartphone Owners  —  Smartphone owners are increasingly using their devices for shopping, from researching products and reviews, to comparing prices, finding retail locations, and redeeming coupons.
Tim Carmody / Wired:
The Damning Backstory Behind ‘Homeless Hotspots’ at SXSW  —  It sounds like something out of a darkly satirical science-fiction dystopia.  But it's absolutely real — and a completely problematic treatment of a problem that otherwise probably wouldn't be mentioned in any of the panels at South by Southwest Interactive.

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