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March 21, 2012, 9:15 AM

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Donna L. Tapellini / Consumer Reports News:
Our test finds new iPad hits 116 degrees while running games  —  The new iPad can run significantly hotter than the earlier iPad2 model when running an action game, Consumer Reports testers have found.  —  Using a thermal imaging camera, Consumer Reports engineers recorded temperatures …
Jason Fagone / Wired:
How One Response to a Reddit Query Became a Big Budget Flick  —  James Erwin, 37, works for a financial services firm in Des Moines, Iowa, writing software manuals.  He's been doing that for a couple of years, and he enjoys it.  It's a pretty low-stress job for a person with a methodical turn of mind—good pay, short commute.
More: The Verge
Paul Thurrott's / SuperSite for Windows:
What's Coming In Microsoft Outlook 15  —  I make no apologies for my refusal to use Microsoft Outlook, but hundreds of millions of business users and consumers rely on this multi-functional solution every day.  In fact, it's the center of many people's computing experience, period, the dashboard by which they manage their daily lives.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
$1.5 billion: The cost of cutting London-Toyko latency by 60ms  —  Starting this summer, a convoy of ice breakers and specially-adapted polar ice-rated cable laying ships will begin to lay the first ever trans-Arctic Ocean submarine fiber optic cables.  Two of these cables …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Eventbrite's New iPad Credit Card Reader Allows Event Organizers To Collect Ticket Payments At The Door  —  Online ticketing platform Eventbrite is making a big push towards reaching $1 billion in gross ticket sales in 2012; after doubling both the number of events on platform in 2011 …
Deborah Netburn / Los Angeles Times:
Nokia patents a tattoo that vibrates when you get a call  —  Nokia is taking steps to make sure you never miss another phone call, text or email alert again: The company has filed a patent for a tattoo that would send “a perceivable impulse” to your skin whenever someone tried to contact you on the phone.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Linus Torvalds: The King of Geeks (And Dad of 3)  —  The license plate on Linus Torvalds' Mercedes SLK convertible says it all.  The frame running around the outside of the plate reads “Mr. Linux.  King of Geeks.”  But the plate itself says “Dad of 3.”  —  If you meet Linus Torvalds …
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.
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Fragmentation bomb wounds Android in developer war  —  Devs losing interest in the li'l green guy  —  A new study conducted by IDC and mobile-developer platform and services company Appcelerator has determined that as Google's open source Android operating system becomes more and more fragmented …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Tablet game revenue to hit $3.1B by 2014  —  The tablet game market is expected to grow to $3.1 billion worldwide, according to a new report from analyst firm Juniper Research.  —  The spending on tablet games is expected to account for a third of all mobile game revenue by 2016 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Beats Is Buying MOG Music Subscription Service  —  Headphone-maker Beats is purchasing music subscription service MOG, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal.  But the deal hasn't closed yet.  —  Beats' majority owner is HTC, the Taiwanese cellphone maker, which put $300 million into the company last year.
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
The Real Reason Google Bought Kevin Rose And Milk: It Needs Designers  —  Google acquired the Milk team last week — but only about half of it.  —  Business Insider has learned the other half, which included Milk engineers Amber Reyngoudt and David Peck, were not offered positions at Google.
More: SlashGearThanks:@graemethickins
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
NSA Chief Denies Wired's Domestic Spying Story (Fourteen Times) In Congressional Hearing  —  In his recent bombshell story for Wired magazine, National Security Agency chronicler James Bamford writes that the joke that the agency's acronym stands for “never say anything” applies now more than ever.
Agam Shah / InfoWorld:
In-Stat: Apple to be top mobile processor company  —  Apple could overtake Intel as the world's top mobile processor company by the end of the year  —  Apple is an iconic consumer electronics company with a string of massively successful products, but it could also become …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook convinces AT&T to unlock customer's iPhone  —  We get many emails on Apple's customer support experience.  While not always positive, some are excellent examples of Apple going beyond the average company.  Today, a reader and trusted tipster reached out to us and explained …
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Video on New iPad Eats Up Monthly Data Plans  —  Users Find Latest Speedy 4G Link Carries a Big Cost—Churning Through Data Limits in Mere Hours  —  Brandon Wells got the new iPad last Friday, started wirelessly streaming March Madness games the next day and by Saturday night was out of gas.
More: Gizmodo and Digits
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Apple: suppliers actually averaged shorter work weeks during peak iPad production  —  Hot on the heels of This American Life's Mike Daisey takedown, Apple has revised its Supplier Responsibility homepage to reflect its latest monthly update (as promised) about working conditions at its suppliers' factories.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Walmart steps up with Angry Birds Space promotion  —  Angry Birds Space, Rovio's next big game in the phenomenal mobile game series, launches on Thursday with some major promotions from Walmart.  —  Angry Birds Space will debut in a variety of app stores, but this event marks Walmart's first in-store promotion with a mobile app.
More: Reuters
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Adobe Expands Its Social Analytics Lineup With Adobe Social  —  Must be something in the air.  Less than a day after Google announced that it's adding social media reports to Google Analytics, Adobe is unveiling its own social analytics tools.  —  Even though the company is best known …
Zac Coffman / Gadgetsteria:
Siri Gets A Slight Update, Expanded Yelp Functionality.  —  Back when Siri was first introduced to us, we were informed that she would constantly be receiving updates.  More recently, the few noticeable updates have included how she dictates our voice searches, as well as how she reads back words to us.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
New iPad Uses Retina Graphics When Running iPhone Apps  —  When the iPad was first introduced there weren't many iPad-specific apps yet available.  As a solution, Apple allowed apps designed for the iPhone's smaller screen to run on the iPad in a form of emulation.

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