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March 15, 2012, 2:00 PM

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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 …
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 …
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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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Kevin Rose Will Join Google  —  Digg founder Kevin Rose has been hired by Google, according to sources close to the situation.  —  Rose's mobile app incubator Milk yesterday announced it was shutting down its only product, Oink.  —  Google is not outright buying or “acqhiring” …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Winning A Bidding War With Facebook, Google Picks Up The Entire Milk Team  —  AllThingsD is reporting that super-founder Kevin Rose is joining Google.  Well, that's part of the story ... the other part is that the entire Milk team, including Rose, will be joining the search giant, in an acqui-hire type deal.
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
BermanBraun Buys Most of Shelby Bonnie's Whiskey Media  —  In a deal that was just signed, longtime Silicon Valley exec Shelby Bonnie has sold his social publishing start-up, Whiskey Media, to Santa Monica-based entertainment and interactive production company BermanBraun.
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Aol Snaps Up Hyper-Local Photosharing App Hipster  —  Breaking: Aol (who is my employer somehow) has picked up local photosharing app Hipster for a low seven figures we're hearing.  The Hipster team of five will be working for the Aol mobile team out of Palo Alto, under badass Sol Lipman.  —  Updating.
More: VentureBeat and HipsterTweets: @thesolster
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Shares Hit $600; $1 Trillion Market Cap Seems Less Outrageous  —  Shares of Apple broke the $600 threshold for the first time on Thursday, a new milestone for the world's most valuable company.  —  Driven upward by excitement for the new iPad, which launches tomorrow and has garnered …
More: MarketBeat
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
PayPal unveils ‘Paypal Here’ Square competitor for mobile payment  —  PayPal has more than just a digital wallet system for consumers planned.  As rumored, today president and CEO John Donahoe has unveiled a small dongle that can be used to accept credit card payments to compete directly with Square.
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 …

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