March 18, 2012, 10:45 PM

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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Schedules Conference Call To Announce Outcome of Cash Balance Discussions  —  Apple just issued a press release confirming a conference call scheduled for tomorrow, March 19th, to announce the outcome of discussions concerning the company's cash balance.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple Sets Monday A.M. Call On Cash Position; Dividend Coming?  —  Apple is about to answer the $100 billion question.  —  The company has announced that it will hold a conference call Monday morning at 9 a.m. Eastern - before the market opens, I would note - to discuss …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Why Tomorrow's Apple Conference Call Is A Really Big Deal  —  Apple has announced a conference call for tomorrow morning at 9 AM eastern time to discuss plans the company has for its large cash* stockpile.  A recent Moody's analysis of corporate cash positions underscored why this is such a huge deal …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Time to Review F.A.A. Policy on Gadgets  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On Monday morning I'm going to drive to the airport, check in for my flight to New York, then head to the airport bookstore for a stack of magazines to read on the plane.  I'll do this reluctantly because I will carry both an Amazon Kindle …
SUPPORT THE JOBS ACT  —  Urge the Senate to pass this important startup bill Startups are forbidden to: Publicly discuss that they are raising money Raise money through crowdfunding Receive services like standard docs from incubators and online platforms Stay private if they have over 500 shareholders …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple and the Daisey affair  —  Why did the company keep its silence, when it knew a year ago what we know now?  —  Mike Daisey performing “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”  —  Mike Daisey began performing his off-Broadway monologue “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” in January 2011.
Quentin Hardy / Bits:
Cisco's Bold Networking Start-Up  —  Three of Cisco's top engineers with a strong record in building some of the company's most important products are in negotiations to create a new type of network switch for data centers, according to people with knowledge of the talks.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Teardown of New Apple TV Reveals Same 8 GB Flash Storage, Bump to 512 MB RAM  —  Following the release of the third-generation Apple TV late last week, one forum member at has performed a teardown of the device, revealing a number of details about its internals.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
China's new microblog rules bring confusion aplenty but no initial restriction for users  —  It's been more than two days since the Chinese government's deadline to introduce real-name regulations for microblogs passed, but users of the country's main service — Sina Weibo — are continuing on with no initial sign of restriction.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Esther Dyson on the Angel Crowd: It's “Very Self-Referential”  —  If Ron Conway is the godfather of Silicon Valley, Esther Dyson might well be considered the godmother.  —  At least, Dyson has been actively angel investing in startups roughly as long as Conway, and her track record …
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