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March 17, 2012, 1:35 PM

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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.
Manan Kakkar / Techie Buzz:
Apple Copies Zune Tag Line 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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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 …
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 …
Christopher S. Stewart / Wall Street Journal:
Glenn Beck Rallies Troops For Revolution Against TV  —  Glenn Beck still rails against his usual enemies, from the “hardcore socialist left” to “extreme Islam.”  Now there is a new target: mainstream television.  —  After parting company with Fox News last year, Mr. Beck took his message of outrage and self-reliance online.
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.
Laura June / The Verge:
Excerpts from ‘This American Life’ on Mike Daisey: ‘Why not just tell us what really happened?’  —  We've received an early transcript of the episode of This American Life which will air this evening at 8:00PM ET entitled “Retraction.”  The episode features Mike Daisey …
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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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Fred Amoroso: Is this the man behind Yahoo's patent offensive?  —  Fred Amoroso joined Yahoo's board of directors in February.  About a month later, Yahoo unleashed a massive patent lawsuit against Facebook.  —  Coincidence?  Probably not, since Amoroso is one of Silicon Valley's most enthusiastic proponents of patent warfare.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Apps VP Dave Girouard Leaving to Start a Company  —  Dave Girouard, who is Google's VP of apps, is leaving the company, Google said today.  —  Girouard had been responsible for Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and other cloud applications.  —  After eight years at Google …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Rumor: Nexus tablet is a “done deal”, to retail for as low as $149  —  Earlier this month we revealed that Google had chosen ASUS to produce their upcoming “Nexus tablet.”  This report was later echoed by Digitimes, who said the 7-inch tablet could arrive as early as May.

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