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March 15, 2012, 10:40 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.
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.
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 …
More: Gizmodo UK
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 …
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Anonymous claims that the operating system, ‘Anonymous-OS’ is fake  —  Yesterday we reported that, for reasons that we couldn't entirely understand, Anonymous had released its own Linux distribution.  —  Not long after, one of the active Anonymous Twitter accounts tweeted that the operating system …
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 …
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 …
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]
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.
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, The Verge and nbcbayarea.com
Tweets: @jack and @jack
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.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
RadVision Finally Finds A Home With Telecom Giant Avaya — For $230 Million  —  Back in December, we reported that Israeli-headquartered video-conferencing specialist, RadVision, was in advanced acquisition talks with global collaboration and communications giant, Avaya.
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
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Boku raises $35m from Telefónica and others, as the mobile payments race heats up  —  Mobile payments platform Boku has announced that it has secured a further $35 million in funding from Telefónica Digital, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and a host of previous investors …

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