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March 14, 2012, 8:05 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.
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:
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 …
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.
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.
Greg Bensinger / Dow Jones Newswires:
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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” …
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).

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Microsoft:
Changing the world, 1 billion sensors at a time  —  What would you do if you had a billion sensors?  Design students around the world tackled that question at Design Expo.  Take a look at some of the fascinating projects …
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