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March 20, 2012, 9:20 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?
More: MacRumors
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.
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 …
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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 …
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Gdgt's Focus Shifts to the Review  —  A little less than a year after the site's founders launched Gdgt.com, the tech site has been retooled into something a bit more like Metacritic.  —  The site, launched by Ryan Block and Peter Rojas in 2009, was founded on the principle of lists …
More: gdgt blog and BuzzFeed
Greg Kumparak / PandoDaily:
How Coldcalling Deadmau5 On Twitter Earned One Artist His Big Break  —  When I hear anyone talking about “the power of social media”, my brain immediately flips to thoughts of self-appointed gurus with uber-douche titles like “Twitter Ninja” or “Friendster Rockstar”.  I can't help it.
Tweets: @grg and @stevecheney
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.
Violet Blue / Pulp Tech Blog:
Google porn-bans Reddit Android app for linking to... Reddit  —  Within the past 24 hours Google Play removed and banned indie developer Andrew Shu's Reddit Is Fun app from its market.  —  Google Play's brief email told Shu the app - a fan-created link client - is a “Violation …
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.
More: Stowe BoydThanks:@bobcaswell
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 …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Two Bing Marketers Fired for ‘Mismanaging Company Assets,’ Violating Procurement Policy  —  Eric Hadley and Sean Carver Said to Have Violated Internal Rules  —  Two Bing marketing execs, Eric Hadley and Sean Carver, have been fired for misusing company funds, according to Microsoft.
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.
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 …
Amanda Lenhart / Pew Internet:
Teens, Smartphones & Texting  —  Teens are fervent communicators.  Straddling childhood and adulthood, they communicate frequently with a variety of important people in their lives: friends and peers, parents, teachers, coaches, bosses, and a myriad of other adults and institutions.
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
HTC to use LogMeIn Rescue to fix smartphones remotely  —  Summary: Android phones can be overwhelming to consumers when problems occur, and HTC is launching a program to fix them remotely.  —  Smartphones have become sophisticated computers that fit in the pocket, and along with that capability comes …

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