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March 19, 2012, 8:55 AM

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Apple:
Apple Announces Plans to Initiate Dividend and Share Repurchase Program  —  Expects to Spend $45 Billion Over Three Years  —  Apple® today announced plans to initiate a dividend and share repurchase program commencing later this year.  —  Subject to declaration by the Board of Directors …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Apple announces $10b share buyback starting in fiscal 2013, $2.65 dividend for Q4  —  Ahead of a conference call this morning, Apple has announced a pair of initiatives for its massive stockpile of cash totaling approximately $100 billion: a stock buyback beginning in fiscal 2013 …
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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 …
Faith Hung / Reuters:
Foxconn not to take legal action after retraction  —  (Reuters) - Foxconn Technology Group, the top maker of Apple Inc's iPhones and iPads, said on Monday it had no plans to take legal action over a U.S. radio program about its activity in China, parts of which have been retracted.
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
Tablet Chip Showdown: Nvidia Tegra 3 vs. the New iPad's A5X  —  When Apple announced the new iPad earlier this month, CEO Tim Cook claimed that the new iPad's new A5X chip offers four times the performance of Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 CPU.  Now that the new iPad has hit the street …
Dwight Garner / New York Times:
The Way We Read Now  —  The case against electronic books has been made, and elegantly, by many people, including Nicholson Baker in The New Yorker a few years ago.  Mr. Baker called Amazon's Kindle, in a memorable put-down, “the Bowflex of bookishness: something expensive that …
Associated Press:
In Sweden, cash is king no more  —  STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden was the first European country to introduce bank notes in 1661.  Now it's come farther than most on the path toward getting rid of them.  —  “I can't see why we should be printing bank notes at all anymore,” says Bjoern Ulvaeus …
Allyson Kazmucha / iMore:
Apple should make the iPad user-serviceable  —  The new iPad and the iPad 2 are very simliar in form factor.  They're actually almost impossible to tell apart from a the outside with the exception of a slight difference in thickness.  That's disappointing, because I was really hoping Apple …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
20 Startups Demo And Launch At London Web Summit  —  Today at the London Web Summit a number of startups are launching on stage so here's a quick run-down of their businesses and our quick take on them.  Out of these 20, three will demo on stage for a prize worth close to £100,000 …
Sean Flaim / Ars Technica:
Op-ed: Imminent “six strikes” Copyright Alert System needs antitrust scrutiny  —  With the “Copyright Alert System” going into operation over the next few months, major American ISPs will start sending out “strikes” to users accused of infringing copyrights online.

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