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March 20, 2012, 1:40 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 …
More: WebProNews
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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

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