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March 18, 2012, 12:35 AM

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Zach Epstein / BGR:
iPad launch day: Where are all the sell-outs?  —  iPad launch day is quite a fiasco.  Apple Stores around the country see eager customers line up hours or even days ahead of the tablet's release, and people often wait hours before they finally make it into the store to purchase an iPad — if there are any left.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Great App-pectations: When Innovation Leapfrogs Phone Capabilities  —  As comic Louis C.K. would say about technology: Everything is amazing and nobody is happy.  —  Nowhere is that more true as app developers push the possibilities of how to use our smartphones' location awareness and reach …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Too Much SEO?  Google's Working On An “Over-Optimization” Penalty For That  —  Google's Matt Cutts announced that Google is working on a search ranking penalty for sites that are “over-optimized” or “overly SEO'ed.”  —  Matt announced this during a panel Search Engine Land's Editor-In-Chief …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Rejoice, Twitter Power Users: “Next Generation” Tweetdeck Apps Coming For Android And iOS  —  The big Twitter redesign at the end of last year seemed to mean that the company was ditching power users to get more mainstream.  The website and the mobile apps added “Connect” and “Discover” …
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
New iPad 32GB + 4G Carries $364.35 Bill of Materials  —  The new iPad, equipped with 32 Gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless capability, carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $364.35.  When the $10.75 manufacturing costs are added in, the cost to produce the new iPad rises to $375.10.
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Privacy suit filed against Path, Twitter, Apple, Facebook, others  —  Thirteen individuals have filed a lawsuit against more than a dozen mobile app makers—including Path, Twitter, Apple, and Facebook—who were accused of automatically uploading user address books without permission.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple loses final ITC ruling against Motorola Mobility: preliminary finding of no violation affirmed  —  On January 13, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the ITC made an initial determination (a recommendation for a decision) that didn't hold Motorola Mobility to infringe three Apple patents.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
TiVo co-founder and CTO Jim Barton resigns  —  TiVo is losing its CTO and co-founder, Jim Barton.  The news was released in an SEC filing that says that Barton resigned, effective yesterday, and will take up a $25,000 per month consulting role at the company “related to patent matters …
Manan Kakkar / Techie Buzz:
Apple Copies Zune Tagline For iTunes  —  This is too good to not be reproduced.  Looks like the photocopiers at Cupertino are working overtime.  Perhaps, the artists at Cupertino are out of innovation.  Use any of the many smart retorts by the loud Apple fans over the years against Microsoft and reverse the company names.
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Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
AT&T brings customer's throttling dispute to an end with $850 payout  —  AT&T's back-and-forth with Matt Spaccarelli, the customer that took the carrier to small claims court for its throttling practices on unlimited data plans, appears to be over.  AP reports that the carrier sent Spaccarelli …

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