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March 14, 2012, 9:35 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 …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
iPad review (2012)  —  The moment Tim Cook took the stage and announced the new iPad on March 7th in San Francisco, I immediately started brainstorming on my review for the device.  There are clear challenges in comparing generational, iterative products like the iPad — especially when the devices themselves look nearly identical.
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 …
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.
Tweets: @garrytan and @mikasalmi
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:
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.
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 …
Greg Bensinger / Dow Jones Newswires:
Dan Polivy / Bing:
A New Look for Pushpins, Popups, and Transit  —  We've just rolled out some exciting new updates to www.bing.com/maps that make it easier for you to find information on the map, explore the layouts of over 850 venues, as well as get to where you're going with public transit (or transport).
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:
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Personal Capital brings its financial smarts to iPad, make sense of your stock options  —  Financial advice startup Personal Capital is finally making its way to the iPad after emerging from stealth last August.  And good news for startup workers: the company has added a new feature that will help to demystify your stock options.
Joe Pollicino / Engadget:
Google+ updated with photo album organizer, batch delete and sorting functionality in tow  —  Suffice it to say, if you're still using Google+ you've probably noticed that it hasn't exactly had an expansive feature set for organizing photo albums.  According to Isaac Sparrow, a self-described …
More: Google+ and 9to5Google
Damaster / LiveSide.net:
Windows Phone “Tango” officially launches in China on March 21  —  Microsoft China has recently sent out invitations to media outlets for their Windows Phone 7.5 launch event.  This will mark the official entrance of Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system into the mainland Chinese market.
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook adds recommendations box to Timeline pages associated with locations  —  Pages that switch to the new Timeline format will now display user recommendations in a box beneath friend activity and include a prompt for people to write their own recommendations.
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
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 …
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 …
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Twitter strikes deal with Gracenote to make it easier for musicians to get verified accounts  —  Twitter has closed a deal with the music database company Gracenote, which will make it easier and faster for musicians and bands to get a ‘Verified’ account.  —  Twitter's hope with this deal …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Apple TV review (2012)  —  After endless speculation and debate, Apple's latest event came and went with nary a mention of a Cupertino-made television set.  But Apple's little set-top box did get a refresh, bringing some oft-requested upgrades and improvements to the $99 device.
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.

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