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March 15, 2012, 4:25 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 …
More: 9to5Mac and iClarified
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.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
3rd Generation iPad Reviews: Retina Display “Stunning”, LTE Speeds Impressive  —  The embargo has lifted on the reviews for the 3rd Generation iPad, and they are starting to trickle out.  Here are links and summaries of some of the more prominent reviews:  —  Macworld Review and Video
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 …
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.
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 …

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