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March 20, 2012, 12:10 PM

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Zach Honig / Engadget:
Visualized: new iPad burns 10 degrees hotter than its predecessor  —  We wouldn't exactly be going out on a limb by suggesting that the new iPad is Apple's hottest tablet to date — even before Tim Cook confirmed as much earlier today.  But while Apple has plenty of reason to brag …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple's Chilly Response to iPad Heat Complaints  —  It's not uncommon for Apple enthusiasts to start finding fault with their new gadget within a couple days of buying the latest and greatest.  —  In some rare cases — most famously, with the iPhone 4 antenna — Apple may end up acknowledging some validity to the griping.
Wall Street Journal:
Zuckerberg Skips Analyst Meeting  —  Facebook Inc. chief executive Mark Zuckerberg doesn't expect to play a hands-on role selling the social network's initial public offering to analysts, one Facebook executive told Wall Street analysts Monday.  —  Mr. Zuckerberg skipped a meeting Monday …
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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
CEO dares Microsoft to sue him over virtual desktops that flout licensing  —  We recently told you about a virtual desktop service for iPads and other devices that seems to exist only because it breaks Microsoft's Windows licensing rules in order to provide an unbeatable price: free …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Windows Phone Outsells Symbian in U.K. Handsets, Study Says  —  Nokia Oyj (NOK1V)'s new smartphone platform, Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Phone 7, outsold its older smartphone system in the U.K. this year, market researcher Kantar Worldpanel said.  —  About 2.5 percent of U.K. phone buyers chose …
Wall Street Journal:
Fund Hits Solid Gold With Facebook, Yelp  —  Private-equity firm Elevation Partners is about to find out if two big hits will make investors forget about several big misses.  —  The Menlo Park, Calif., firm is in the early stages of trying to raise $1 billion for a new investment fund, according to people familiar with the situation.
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Zynga's bid for Draw Something may top $200 million  —  What a strange story - a New York-based startup that began its life as a dating-gaming company, went through many incarnations has finally hit the jackpot.  OMGPOP, the company behind Draw Something, a mobile and Internet game inspired by Pictionary …

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