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March 20, 2012, 2:05 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: In a Major Restructuring, Hewlett-Packard To Combine Printer and PC Groups  —  Hewlett-Packard will announce a sweeping reorganization today that will move its Imaging and Printing Group, once the jewel in the IT giant's crown, under its PC-making Personal Systems Group, sources familiar with the matter tell AllThingsD.
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
New York Times Cuts Back on Free Web Access  —  A year after launching a controversial paywall, the New York Times says it has nearly half a million paying subscribers for its flagship paper.  It also says it will make it harder for people to read on the Web without paying up.
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 …
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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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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter starts showing you ads for brands you don't follow on both desktop and mobile  —  Twitter has today announced that it is expanding its testing of ads on mobile devices.  Basically, you're going to start seeing ads from brands that Twitter feels you ‘might have an interest in’ but that you don't explicitly follow.
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.
Jay Greene / CNET:
Microsoft gives cops tools to detect child porn  —  Microsoft is giving law enforcement PhotoDNA, a digital tool that sifts through massive amounts of online images to help identify instances of child pornography and rescue victims.  —  The software giant announced this morning that it …

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