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March 20, 2012, 10:55 AM

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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.

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