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March 19, 2012, 10:15 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 …
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter and Facebook Are Tomorrow's News Service.  For Now, Though ...  If you're like me, you increasingly rely on Twitter and Facebook as your news editors.  But that means we're in a small minority.  —  Just 9 percent of American adults frequently get their news from their pals at the two services.
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 …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Mimics Apple by Spending Less on R&D Than Rivals  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) spends a smaller percentage of revenue on engineering than other Internet companies, mimicking Apple (AAPL) Inc.'s strategy of keeping costs low by relying on outside developers for research and development.
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 …
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 …

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