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March 15, 2012, 8:30 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 …
Tweets: @gruber
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.
More: BGR India
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
More: Gizmodo UK
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: nbcbayarea.comTweets: @jack and @jack
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Amazon is No. 1.  Who's next in cloud computing?  —  Amazon Web Services is, by all accounts, the largest cloud service provider by far, although good luck finding third-party numbers to verify that.  Amazon, like most of the big cloud providers, doesn't disclose much about current or planned data centers.
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]
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.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Virgin Media wins tube Wi-Fi contract  —  London Underground Wi-Fi service, to be free for the Olympics, will be rolled out to 80 stations  —  Virgin Media has been awarded the contract to provide Wi-Fi access on London Underground platforms, with mobile internet services set to be available in time for the London Olympics.
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.
Erin Bury / BetaKit:
WordPress.com VIP Launches Featured Partner Program  —  Today Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com VIP, is announcing the launch of its Featured Partner Program, which marks the first time the platform has officially partnered with third-party plugins.
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 …
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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