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March 14, 2012, 4:00 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:
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Verizon Will Double LTE Footprint by Year's End  —  Verizon currently operates the largest 4G LTE network in the United States, and it has no plans to relinquish that title any time soon.  —  The carrier said today that it plans to double its 4G LTE footprint in 2012, extending it to some 400 markets by year's end.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Kevin Rose's Milk shutters its first app Oink after just over 4 months  —  After just over four months, Oink, the first app from Digg founder Kevin Rose's new company Milk, will close its doors.  The app was described as a ‘way to rate and rank the things around you,’ and billed itself …
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: Beyond Search and kottke.orgTweets: @ldignan
James Whittaker / MSDN Blogs:
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
New iPad apps up to five times larger than their predecessors  —  Apple's iPad versions of its iLife and iWork apps will be up to five times as large as their predecessors due to the ultra-high resolution of the new iPad.  Vietnamese site Tinhte has spent some time with the new iPad and made an interesting observation on app sizes:
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 …
Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
FBI seeks warrant to force Google to unlock Android phone  —  Today, I stumbled across a recent FBI application and accompanying affidavit for a search warrant ordering Google to unlock a screen-locked Android phone.  The application asks Google to: “provide law enforcement with any and all means …
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 …
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 …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung suffers second and even more important FRAND defeat to Apple in the Netherlands  —  Dutch website Webwereld.nl reports that the Rechtbank 's-Gravenhage (the District Court of The Hague, Netherlands) just handed Apple — and the concept of FRAND standards, which is more important …
More: MacNN
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 …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Congress still not satisfied with Apple's privacy protections, requests briefing  —  Despite a detailed response from Apple CEO Tim Cook and the introduction of new privacy policies, U.S. government officials aren't yet satisfied that Apple is doing enough to protect the information of its customers.
Thanks:@jbruin
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.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Announces Charges from Investigation of Secondary Market Trading of Private Company Shares  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged two managers of private investment funds established solely to acquire the shares of Facebook and other Silicon Valley firms with misleading investors …
Chris O'Brien / SiliconBeat:
Mark Pincus of Zynga received threats in 2011 that led company to spend $1 million on additional security  —  As expected, Zynga filed today to raise an additional $400 million in a secondary stock offering.  One thing that caught my eye was a reference to founder and CEO Mark Pincus under the section of employee benefits:
Thanks:@rgkeith
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.
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
White House CIO's first 40 days included ‘worst day’ ever  —  Colangelo started his job the same day as President Obama, found IT assets ‘in pretty bad shape’  —  PHOENIX - Here are two facts about Brook Colangelo's job as the CIO of the Executive Office of President.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Accessory Manufacturer Claims 15-Inch MacBook Air Coming in April  —  Electricpig reports that it has heard from a Mac accessory manufacturer that Apple is planning to launch a 15-inch MacBook Air as soon as April. … The source is reportedly involved in “MacBook docking solutions” …
BBC:
Cyber-attack on BBC leads to suspicion of Iran's involvement  —  The BBC is not providing detail of the timing or nature of the cyber-attack  —  A “sophisticated cyber-attack” on the BBC has been linked to Iran's efforts to disrupt the BBC Persian Service.

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