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March 15, 2012, 7:25 PM

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iFixit:
iPad 3 4G Teardown  —  Our CXO flew to the Telstra store in Melbourne, Australia and was first in line to get the iPad 3 for our deconstructive pleasure.  A big thanks to Macfixit Australia for letting us use their facility for the teardown!  Tech Specs: Dual-core Apple A5X processor 9.7 inch LED backlit …
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 …
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” …
David Marcus / The PayPal Blog:
Introducing PayPal Here: The Future of Commerce for Small Business  —  PayPal has a long history of helping small businesses.  For 14 years we've provided the tools and services that have allowed millions of small businesses to grow by solving the complex and critical task of processing payments securely …
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, called “PayPal Here.”
Business Week:
Anarchy in the App Store  —  Path bills itself as a social network that cares about privacy.  For a while it was also an App Store outlaw.  When iPhone users downloaded it through Apple's popular storefront, the software surreptitiously sent a user's entire contacts list—including e-mail addresses …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Super-Secret Google Builds Servers in the Dark  —  Inside the massive data centers run by Equinix, the lights are on in some cages, but off in others.  Photo: Peter McCollough/Wired.com  —  Just how far will Google go to hide its custom-built data-center hardware from the rest of the world?
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Survey says 90% of people want their next phone to have a larger screen  —  When Google announced the Samsung Galaxy Nexus back in October of last year we were taken aback by their decision to equip it with a 4.65 inch display.  Then last month at Mobile World Congress we saw HTC announce …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Lenovo will be ‘first to market’ with a Windows 8 tablet, says source  —  Michael Dell said that he would offer an enterprise tablet “on the exact day” that Windows 8 ships to customers, but his company may have some competition right out of the gate: We've learned that Lenovo is internally planning …
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.
Paul Graham / Y Combinator:
How Y Combinator Started  —  Y Combinator's 7th birthday was March 11.  As usual we were so busy we didn't notice till a few days after.  I don't think we've ever managed to remember our birthday on our birthday.  —  On March 11 2005, Jessica and I were walking home from dinner in Harvard Square.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ashton Kutcher, Founders Fund Go In For $775K On ‘OpenTable For Stylists’ StyleSeat  —  OpenTable for hair stylists and other salon professionals StyleSeat is announcing a raise of $775K this morning, from enviable angel investors Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary's A-Grade, Founders Fund (!) and actress Sophia Bush.
Thanks:@melodymcc
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.
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Britney Spears Gets On Path, Which Is Raising Up To $30M At A $250M Valuation  —  So rumor (and Twitter) has it that singer Britney Spears was at Path yesterday, hanging with founder Dave Morin and rockstars Danny Trinh and Matt Van Horn in their spacious offices — and actually sitting at their boardroom table.
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]
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Hulu refreshes its website UI: 55% larger video player  —  Hulu rolled out a huge update to its website user interface today, increasing the size of its video player by 55 percent.  —  The updated look makes a lot of sense since Hulu's number one draw is current season TV shows …
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 …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
MTV brings back the music with new artist pages  —  Remember the time when you'd discover new music on MTV?  The music network wants to get back to those roots of being a major force in the music space with a new web initiative that will give a million bands and artists their own, personalized web page on MTV.com.
Kevin Lee / PC World:
Cambridge Sets Lasers to Vaporize, Removes Toner From Paper  —  We've already got laser printers that bake up fresh sheets of inked paper in seconds.  Now, the University of Cambridge is hard at work developing a laser “unprinter” that literally vaporizes toner without damaging the paper it's printed on.

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Microsoft:
16-year-old uses Windows 8 to reconnect after being sidelined by a rare disorder  —  Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects Alejandra Tristan's wrist, finger and other joints, making it difficult for her to do schoolwork and connect through social media.
Intel:
Intel Injects Laughter into Mobile Messaging  —  Intel is creating a fun spin on communication with the launch of Pocket Avatars, a new over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging app developed by Intel Labs technologists.
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