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March 15, 2012, 12:10 AM

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Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
New iPad: a Million More Pixels Than HDTV  —  Apple's iPad could be described as a personal display through which you see and manipulate text, graphics, photos and videos often delivered via the Internet.  So, how has the company chosen to improve its wildly popular tablet?
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iPad (3)  —  Pixels pixels pixels.  Battery battery battery.  Speed speed speed.  —  That's the new iPad, a.k.a. (for comparison's sake) the iPad 3.  The retina display, significantly faster graphics, and the potential for startlingly fast cellular networking — all with the same renowned battery life …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Sparrow for iPhone Review  —  Back in 2006, when Apple was still rumored to be working on a revolutionary mobile phone, many wondered if such device would be able to do core tasks like email and messaging as well as RIM's BlackBerry.  Months later, when the iPhone was officially announced at Macworld …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Sparrow takes flight: how a startup built the Gmail app Google couldn't  —  Hoà and Leca set out to build something they'd use every day, a desktop email client that works seamlessly with Gmail and its variety of nuances like labels, Stars, and “Send And Archive” buttons.  First, the app needed a name.
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 …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Gives Search a Refresh  —  Google Inc. is giving its tried-and-true Web-search formula a makeover as it tries to fix the shortcomings of today's technology and maintain its dominant market share.  —  Over the next few months, Google's search engine will begin spitting out more than a list of blue Web links.
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.
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: @mikasalmi and @garrytan
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.
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 …
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 …
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).
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.
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.
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
1080p video smackdown: iTunes vs. Blu-ray  —  Ars was recently able to conclude that the newly launched iTunes movies encoded in 1080p do, in fact, look better than the same content encoded in 720p, despite the modest increase in file size.  That's good news for iTunes customers.
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
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.
More: VatorNews
Matt Galligan:
Why “More Bars in More Places” means s**t for nothing now  —  Years ago we heard AT&T's pitch: “more bars in more places”.  Their campaign was to let everyone know that they had the best signal around.  Sure, that may have mattered then, but the definition of signal is even variable.
Tweets: @joestump

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