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March 15, 2012, 6:45 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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Anonymous has just released its own operating system: Anonymous-OS  —  For reasons unknown at the moment, the famous and perhaps infamous hacker group Anonymous has just released its own OS.  As described on Source Forge, “Anonymous-OS Live is an ubuntu-based distribution and created …
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
Pamela Parker / Search Engine Land:
Google Opens Kimono (Slightly) On AdWords Screening Measures  —  Followers of news about Google AdWords know that problematic errors — instances in which ads that violate the company's own advertising standards slip by — come up quite regularly.  —  Most recently, Google …
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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