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March 14, 2012, 6:40 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 …
Andrew Chen / @andrewchen:
Why I doubted Facebook could build a billion dollar business, and what I learned from being horribly wrong  —  Facebook, early 2006  —  Sometimes, you need to be horribly, embarrassingly wrong to remind yourself to keep an open mind.  This is my story of my failure to understand Facebook's potential.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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.
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 …
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Twitter Backer Sacca Raising Second Fund for Internet Startups  —  Chris Sacca, the former Google Inc. executive turned Twitter Inc. investor and venture capitalist, is seeking investors for a new fund focused on startups, two years after creating his debut fund.
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.
More: AllThingsD, Forbes and MacNNThanks:@jbruin
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:
More: Business InsiderThanks:@rgkeith
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” …
Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo:
Aereo Hands-On: Watch Broadcast TV Wherever and Whenever You Want  —  The new cloud-based, broadcast TV recording service Aereo just went live in New York City.  It was sued by major broadcasters even before it was available, and with good reason: We took the service for a spin and it's …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Nobody Puts Dan Loeb in the Corner: Third Point Begins Proxy Bombing Yahoo in 3 ... 2 ... 1  —  Yahoo just got yet another poison-pen letter from activist investor Dan Loeb of Third Point, which says the company has been “dismissive” of his alternate slate of board members, including former NBC head Jeff Zucker.
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.

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