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March 15, 2012, 12:25 PM

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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?
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
The new iPad doesn't allow FaceTime over LTE  —  We've just confirmed that although the new iPad has incredibly fast download and upload speeds over LTE, FaceTime vide chat still won't work directly on the 4G network.  As you can see in the positively vexing screenshot above …
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 …
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
What Everyone Dislikes About The New iPad  —  iPad reviews are out!  —  Every review is overwhelmingly positive, but there are small complaints about the new iPad and we've summed them up here.  —  The one takeaway from reading over a half-dozen reviews: If you have an iPad 2, there's no need to upgrade.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Review: The third-generation iPad  —  Apple advances the ball with a better screen, camera, and cellular connection … The iPad has been a remarkable success story.  Apple sold 15 million of the original model in the first nine months of the product's existence, a number that blew away even the most optimistic prognostications.
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
WSJ Says Big Google Search Changes Coming?  Reality Check Time!  —  The Wall Street Journal is out with a story saying that Google is about to make one of the biggest changes in its history of offering web search, providing more direct answers and gaining “semantic” smarts to understand more about what words mean.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia working on own tablet: design chief  —  (Reuters) - Nokia design chief Marko Ahtisaari is spending a third of his time on creating a tablet for the cellphone maker, which would stand out among hundreds of iPad-challengers, he said in an interview with Finnish magazine Kauppalehti Optio.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The New Apple TV Will Finish What The Mac Started: Killing Off Discs  —  I remember watching the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray wars closely a few years back.  I wanted one to win so I could go out and buy a next generation movie player.  But the battle went on and on, and by the time Blu-ray won …
Angus Loten / Wall Street Journal:
Dropbox Seeks Big Solutions  —  Arash Ferdowsi was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology student when he met fellow MIT student Drew Houston through a mutual friend.  —  The pair collaborated, working from a Cambridge, Mass., apartment, to solve a modern-day problem.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
RIAA chief: ISPs to start policing copyright by July 12  —  Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon are among the ISPs preparing to implement a graduated response to piracy by July, says the music industry's chief lobbyist.  [Read more]
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Cisco Acquires Israeli Video Software Firm NDS for $5 Billion  —  Update: This deal was just confirmed by Cisco, which moments ago pushed out a press release.  I've embedded the text below and will revise the post momentarily.  —  Networking giant Cisco Systems is said to be in advanced talks …
Reuters:
ST-Ericsson readies revamp, soon a takeover target  —  (Reuters) - ST-Ericsson is preparing to unveil a major operations revamp within two weeks, placing the troubled mobile chip venture on track for a takeover by a peer or competitor that would create a formidable rival to Qualcomm Inc.
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
Appirio raises $60M to be your one-stop cloud service shop  —  Cloud service consulting company Appirio announced today it has raised $60 million in its fourth round of institutional funding.  —  “We are seeing more companies going cloud first, saying they're not ever going to buy another server …
Agence France Presse:
Sarkozy wants Internet giants to pay tax in France  —  PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday he wants “Internet giants” to pay tax in France, shortly before he was due to meet the founder of the micro-blogging site Twitter.  —  “It is unacceptable that they have a turnover …
More: DailyTech, WebProNews and The Verge
Tweets: @jack and @jack
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
AOL says it plans to “evolve” AIM and not kill it, but it's a bit late for that  —  Oh, AOL.  The company that opened the gates to the Internet for so many of us has definitely had its troubles as of late.  It's sad to see what is going on at the company, especially since products …
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Foursquare's Dennis Crowley At SXSW: Location Is The Future [Video]  —  Foursquare CEO and cofounder Dennis Crowley is a South By Southwest veteran, having launched his location-based check-in app at the conference in 2009.  —  This year he's back in Austin, Texas and some things are the same …
Darrell Etherington / BetaKit:
Social Network for Kids PixyKids Grabs $3M in Funding  —  Social networks aimed at kids aren't a new concept.  ScuttlePad and Togetherville, for example, have been attempting to provide social sharing environments for the under-12 crowd since 2010.  But the team behind PixyKids …
More: GigaOM and VentureBeatThanks:@jemimasandhu

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