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March 20, 2012, 6:40 AM

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Dr. Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
new iPad Display Technology Shoot-Out iPad 2 - new iPad - iPhone 4  —  Introduction The iPad has been a phenomenal runaway success - to a degree that may have even surprised Steve Jobs.  At the new iPad launch Tim Cook remarked that people have been wondering who would improve upon the iPad.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Analysis Confirms iPad Display Really Is One Of The Best Ever Made  —  It shouldn't come as any surprise when someone says that this year's display, or phone, or what have you, is the best ever.  After all, improving the category is what companies strive to do, right?
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Finish Windows 8 in Summer, With October Debut  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will finish work on Windows 8 this summer, setting the stage for personal computers and tablets with the operating system to go on sale around October, according to people with knowledge of the schedule.
Adam Z Lein / pocketnow.com:
Nokia's Redesign of the Windows Phone UI  —  We all know that back when the Nokia and Microsoft partnership was announced, Nokia was given special rights to alter the user interface as they saw fit.  At least with the current Lumia devices, we didn't see much of a redesign at all …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
New iPad Sales Top 3 Million in Under 4 Days  —  Apple announced today that it has sold 3 million new iPads in less the four days of availability, calling it the “strongest iPad launch yet.” … Apple didn't announce first weekend sales numbers for the iPad 2 as they were in extremely short supply …
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Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Zynga Is In Talks To Buy “Draw Something” Maker OMGPOP  —  Zynga is in talks to acquire OMGPOP, the maker of massive hit Draw Something, according to a source with direct knowledge of the discussions.  It's my understanding that the talks have not yet entered the more advanced …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Acquires Robot-Coordinated Order Fulfillment Company Kiva Systems For $775 Million In Cash  —  Amazon has just announced that it will acquire order fulfillment company Kiva Systems for $775 million in cash.  We've embedded the release below.  —  Kiva Systems' interconnected hardware …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Samsung and RIM sued for infringing lol-worthy emoticon patent  —  In an apparent quest to make the patent system look even more ridiculous, a firm on Thursday sued Samsung and Research in Motion for allegedly infringing a patent titled “emoticon input method and apparatus.”
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Facing Fees, Some Sites Are Bypassing Google Maps  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When it comes to offering online maps to their users, some companies have been leaving Google Maps and setting out for less familiar territory.  —  In the seven years since it was introduced, Google's offering of street maps …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla: Firefox needs H.264 support to survive shift to mobile  —  Mozilla began an internal discussion last week about whether to implement support for H.264 and other patent-encumbered media formats by relying on hardware decoding and codecs supplied by the underlying operating system.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
HTC rumored to have bought MOG  —  HTC's Beats Audio unit may have bought music subscription service MOG, according to a rumor reported by Business Insider Monday.  Insider writer Matt Rosoff based his report on a single source, but we have since also heard from a source that term sheets went …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD launches server processor for web-hosting providers  —  Advanced Micro Devices is launching a new server processor family today that targets companies that serve lots and lots of web pages to users.  —  The new AMD Opteron 3200 series processor family is aimed at changing the economics …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Game Makers Give Away ‘Freemium’ Products  —  Still paying 99 cents to download a smartphone game?  That's far too much.  More developers are now giving their games away — and then charging for extra features.  —  The strategy is known as freemium, as in free meets premium.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Defends Hotfile (and Megaupload) in Court  —  Google has filed a brief at a federal court in Florida defending the file-hosting site Hotfile in its case against the MPAA.  The search giant accuses the movie companies of misleading the court and argues that Hotfile is protected under the DMCA's safe harbor.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Unnamed Samsung exec says quad-core Exynos inside Galaxy S III, LTE on-chip  —  An unnamed Samsung exec hinted to the Korea Times that its upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S III, will include a next-gen quad-core Exynos chip that will incorporate LTE and WCDMA radios.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon Scheduler Rolls Out in Beta as Part of Larger Tech Ambitions  —  Groupon doesn't want to be known as just a deals company.  —  As many others have proven (Google, Amazon, LivingSocial, etc.), that business is easy to replicate.  Instead, the Chicago-based company wants to be known as a technology company for local merchants.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
BBC iPlayer app finally launches for all UK Xbox 360s  —  All of those Kinect-enabled Xbox 360 video apps Microsoft has been promising since last year's dashboard update continue to slowly leak out, and the latest is the BBC iPlayer.  Already long available on the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 …
AJ Glasser / Inside Social Games:
Exclusive: 6waves Lolapps cuts development staff, focuses exclusively on publishing  —  6waves Lolapps — the developer sometimes known as 6L — laid off all of its development staff today, Inside Social Games can confirm.  The company is now focused entirely on games publishing.

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