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March 16, 2012, 7:25 AM

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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 …
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Evidence of Apple chip design change in iPad teardown  —  Apple needs some serious silicon to drive that gorgeous, pixel-dense display.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Apple has changed the design of the main chip in the new iPad with tweaks to accommodate a higher-performing chip, according to teardown analysis.
More: AnandTech and VR-Zone
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” …
Shira Lazar / What's Trending with Shira Lazar:
EXCLUSIVE: Steve Wozniak in Line for iPad 3 at Apple Store (VIDEO)  —  It has become a tradition to capture Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak waiting in line for the next big Apple product.  Tonight, Wozniak checked in on Foursquare at the Westfield Mall in Century City, California.
More: Gizmodo and Mashable!
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 …
James Bamford / Wired:
The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)  —  The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze.  Bluffdale sits in a bowl-shaped valley in the shadow of Utah's Wasatch Range to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west.
More: Betabeat and The VergeTweets: @anonymousirc
Paul Thurrott's / SuperSite for Windows:
Microsoft Office 15 Preview  —  Forget the rumors.  Here's what it's really like to use the Office 15 Technical Preview, which Microsoft recently made available only to a select group of customers under non-disclosure agreement.  I was able to get my hands on a copy, and while it's …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
The new iPad is a beautiful reminder of how stupid data plans are  —  Apple's new iPad is magnificent.  The screen is superb, the processor is fast, and despite its newfound LTE cellular connectivity, the battery life lasts.  And yet, I'd never, ever recommend you buy an LTE tablet …
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Google in New Privacy Probes  —  Regulators in the U.S. and European Union are investigating Google Inc. for bypassing the privacy settings of millions of users of Apple Inc.'s Safari Web browser, according to people familiar with the investigations.  Google stopped the practice last month …
More: CNET and Gizmodo
Matt McLernon / YouTube Blog:
19,000+ episodes of Indian TV on YouTube Shows  —  India is one of world's largest producers of TV shows.  With more than 400 terrestrial and local channels available, Indians often face the challenging question: What am I going to watch?  —  The good news is that we increasingly don't have to worry about when to watch.
Somini Sengupta / Bits:
Companies Pledge Not to Help Pakistan Filter the Web  —  Rivals at birth, India and Pakistan are now both struggling to manage the irrepressible Internet.  —  In India, Facebook, Google and several other American technology firms are in court on charges that they failed to block “objectionable” material that showed up on their sites.
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.
More: A VC
Quentin Hardy / Bits:
Better Economic Forecasts, From the Cloud  —  GT Nexus used shipment data to track countries' import-export balance in 2008, left, and 2011.  The diagonal line represents balanced trade.  —  Someday soon, the Federal Reserve may be dead, at least for economic information.

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