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March 24, 2012, 10:45 AM

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Joshua Schnell / Macgasm:
Former Apple TV Engineer: ‘Those New Apple TV Designs Were Tossed Out 5 Years Ago’  —  An interesting tweet by Michael Margolis, a former Apple TV engineer at Apple Inc., popped up in our Twitter feed this evening, and we thought it was worth passing on.  According to Margolis …
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Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Is Apple planning its own mobile voice service?  —  Light Reading has dug up some very interesting job postings on the Apple's Website.  Apple is looking for telephony software engineers to work on iOS.  Judging by the list of experience requirements in the postings, Apple is looking to add voice-over-IP …
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
New iPhone (iPhone 5,1) coming fall 2012 with LTE, similar sized screen  —  While Apple has only just released the new iPad, iMore has already started to hear more about the next generation iPhone (iPhone 5,1).  We previously reported that Apple was working to reduce the size …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
US Army debuts app marketplace prototype: iOS first, Android coming soon  —  The promise of an Army app store has been bandied about for quite a while now, but it looks like it's slowly becoming a reality.  The US Army has today officially announced a prototype of the Army Software Marketplace …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Store swapping rival smartphones for Windows Phones in latest ‘Smoked’ challenge  —  Microsoft is turning its $100 “Smoked by Windows Phone” campaign into a $1,000 challenge at its retail stores across the US this weekend.  Visitors can walk into a Microsoft Store between noon …
Rafe Needleman / CNET:
Box.Net became a .Com for just shy of a million bucks  —  CEO Aaron Levie got lucky: The company that owned the .com of his company name wanted a lot, but not as much as they could have got.  —  Just Box.  —  I just had a nice talk with Aaron Levie, the CEO of Box.net.  I mean, Box.
Scott McCartney / Wall Street Journal:
To Tweet From 30,000 Feet: Picking Planes Wired for Wi-Fi  —  More passengers are downloading books, sending Tweets and updating their Facebook pages in the middle of a flight—even as they complain about steep prices.  —  Currently, about 1,700 planes in the U.S. have Internet access …
More: PadGadget and MacNN
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Internet to surpass DVD in movie consumption, not revenue  —  Consumers will watch more movies online than on DVDs in 2012 for the first time, but will spend far less doing so, according to a new report.  —  The number of movies rented or bought online from outlets like Netflix and iTunes …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
6waves Lolapps' CTO and Chief Product Officer Rue And Sethi Step Down  —  Just a few days after social gaming company 6waves Lolapps said it was laying off most of its development staff to focus on publishing, its chief product officer Arjun Sethi and chief technology officer Brian Rue have stepped down.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Thanks to Google Voice, you can now make phone calls from within Google+ Hangouts  —  The Google+ team continues to graduate features from its sandbox into prime time for its Hangouts product.  Last week, the company announced the addition of Google Docs into Hangouts, and today the service …
More: LEWIS 360°, CNET and WebProNewsThanks:@tweepsmap
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Shopping For Zero-Days: A Price List For Hackers' Secret Software Exploits  —  This story accompanies a profile of the French exploit-selling firm Vupen in the April 9th issue of Forbes magazine.  —  A clever hacker today has to make tough choices.  Find a previously unknown method …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
What Google Hasn't Done: Explained Why We as Users Would Want a Unified Online Identity  —  After years of providing us with many very good products — search, Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome — Google is now on a mission to turn itself into one big product that understands each of us as one unified person.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Rdio signs deal with UK music rights-holders, as it cranks up its European expansion  —  Digital music subscription service just Rdio just took one small step closer towards launching in the UK, after PRS for Music, the organisation that represents the rights of 85,000 songwriters …

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