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March 14, 2012, 1:15 PM

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Britannica Blog:
Change: It's Okay.  Really.  —  That big print set will pass into history, but the future it gives way to will be bright.  —  For 244 years, the thick volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica have stood on the shelves of homes, libraries, and businesses everywhere, a source of enlightenment …
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses  —  After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print.  —  Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered sets of reference books that were once sold door to door by a fleet of traveling salesmen and displayed …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo-Facebook patent fight: more than meets the eye  —  It has been an interesting day to say the least.  The news of Yahoo suing Facebook for infringing its patents has drawn sharp reactions from some of the more measured voices in our industry.  Here is a small sampling of reactions:
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
As ‘Why I Left’ Letters Reach Meme Proportions, Startups Hope Goldman's Moral Loss Is Their Gain  —  If there were a more visual element (perhaps a honey badger or LOLcat) attached to the “Why I Left Company X” genre, the meme would already be cresting to the top of BuzzFeed.
More: kottke.org and Beyond SearchTweets: @ldignan
James Whittaker / MSDN Blogs:
Why I left Google  —  Ok, I relent.  Everyone wants to know why I left and answering individually isn't scaling so here it is, laid out in its long form.  Read a little (I get to the punch line in the 3rd paragraph) or read it all.  But a warning in advance: there is no drama here …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
New iPad Will Be Available at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart on Friday  —  Consumers hoping to purchase one of Apple's new iPads on launch day take note: Lining up outside your local Apple Store for its 8 am opening isn't your only option.
Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW:
Official announcement: new iPad to go on sale in 10 countries on Friday at 8 am  —  Apple announced today that the new iPad will go sale this Friday starting at 8:00 am local time.  It will debut in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK …
Greg Bensinger / Dow Jones Newswires:
Verizon Plans Broader 4G Rollout, Only LTE-Capable Phones  —  NEW YORK (Dow Jones)—Verizon Wireless is aiming to entice more subscribers to its fourth-generation mobile broadband network by including 10 million more Americans than previously expected by year's end and only introducing smartphones …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Walmart's Disc-to-Digital Hard Sell Will Be a Hard Sell  —  Earlier today, I described Walmart's new “disc to digital” program as DOA.  Maybe I was too harsh.  —  Let's assume that some of you are interested in taking your old DVDs to Walmart, and paying up to $5 a disc so you can access …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Anatomy of a news story: How Bing and Google performed when Steve Jobs resigned  —  A new study out today from Seattle-based Optify attempts to get behind the scenes on how Bing and Google operate when big news breaks.  Obviously, that's an interesting topic for news hounds like us.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Biggest Deal Yet: Discovery Brings 3,000 More Titles To Amazon Instant Video  —  Amazon announced a new licensing deal this morning with Discovery Communications, the media company behind cable TV channels including the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science and Military Channel.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
HTC confirms upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich updates for 16 devices  —  HTC is joining Samsung in its Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) party after the Taiwanese handset maker announce a slew of devices that are set to get upgrades to the latest Android 4.0 operating system.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Idealism vs. pragmatism: Mozilla debates supporting H.264 video playback  —  The HTML5 video element promised to be a game-changer for Internet media publishing.  It provided a vendor-neutral standards-based mechanism for conveying video content on the Web without the need for proprietary plugins …
More: CNET, TechEye and parislemon
Hacker News:
New: Apply to Y Combinator without an Idea  —  Y Combinator is trying an experiment this funding cycle.  We're going to have a separate application track for groups that don't have an idea yet.  —  So if the only thing holding you back from starting a startup is not having an idea for one, now nothing is holding you back.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
To Stanch Layoffs, Yahoo Has Been Shopping Its Ad Technology Platforms to Google, Microsoft and Others  —  In an effort to minimize the impact of massive layoffs that Yahoo's top management has been planning, according to sources close to the situation, one of the latest ideas to save costs …
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Pinterest: Revamped profile pages, iPad app coming soon  —  Austin, Texas (CNN) — You might excuse Ben Silbermann, co-founder and CEO of photo-sharing site Pinterest, if he looks a little overwhelmed these days.  —  Pinterest, which encourages users to collect images of their passions …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HP Envy 14 Spectre review  —  In a previous life, the HP Envy 14 was a laptop's laptop: a 5.69-pound slugger with an optical drive, discrete AMD graphics and a battery that couldn't last four hours in our battery rundown test.  That notebook — one of our favorites in the 2010-2011 year …
More: The Verge
Greg Finn / Marketing Land:
Google Hangouts Builds Feature Set With Google Docs Integration  —  The star feature of Google+, Google Hangouts, is now integrating fully with Google's online suite of document, presentation and spreadsheet editing software, Google Docs.  This is a very interesting combination …
More: Google+ and 9to5Google
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: What's new in IE10 in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview  —  Summary: The Metro-style version of IE10 that's integrated into the Windows 8 Consumer Preview includes a number of new features added since September.  Here are some of them.  —  Microsoft made quite a number of changes …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Yuri Milner Is Freed From Mail.ru Board To Take Care Of Business  —  The news is out today that Yuri Milner has stepped down from the role of Chairman of Mail.ru and from the Board of Directors.  But this is more interesting than the bare facts would suggest.
Andrew Tarantola / Gizmodo:
Nearly All Lost Smart Phone Finders Will Snoop Through It, Only Half Might Return It  —  Well, so much for relying on the kindness of strangers.  Symantec studied the reactions of average people who found a lost cell phone in public and the results are less than what you'd call “upstanding.”
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Intel's supply chain chief says ready for mobile  —  (Reuters) - Intel's manufacturing whiz and new chief operating officer, Brian Krzanich, says he has fine-tuned his supply chain to meet expected demand for chips for smartphones and tablets.  —  Krzanich, whose January promotion marks …
Zephoria / danah boyd:
The Power of Youth: How Invisible Children Orchestrated Kony 2012  —  To many people unfamiliar with Invisible Children, the Kony 2012 campaign looked like a brilliant example of “viral” media spread.  The center of the campaign is a compelling 30-minute film where a father talks to his son …

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