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March 27, 2012, 2:25 PM

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Drive: Finally coming this April  —  Google's online storage service, rumored to be called GDrive is like the wolf in the fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  Well, after long history of false alarms, the storage drive might just see the day in early April, according to my well placed sources familiar with company's plans.
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Google to launch third-party commenting platform to rival Facebook  —  Google is about to launch a new commenting system that will tie into the search giant's Google+ platform, web services and web search, a source close to the product's development confirmed with The Next Web
Larry Hryb / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Comcast XFINITY TV, HBO GO and MLB.TV now available on Xbox LIVE  —  Today three major entertainment apps are now available for Xbox LIVE Gold members - Comcast XFINITY TV, HBO GO and MLB.TV, all with Kinect integration.  Here are the highlights.  —  Comcast launched the XFINITY TV …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft: entertainment overtakes multiplayer gaming usage on Xbox  —  Along with launching new voice-controlled TV apps for Comcast and HBO Go today, Microsoft has also shared some rather interesting stats for its new entertainment apps on Xbox 360.  Xbox Live Gold members in the US …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Nano-SIM war: here's what Apple and Nokia want to put in your next phone  —  Last week, Apple and Nokia got into a very public dust-up over the future of the SIM card — a staple in phones all around the world — thanks to a Financial Times article pointing out that the two had filed competing proposals …
Rocky Agrawal / VentureBeat:
Square adds encryption to its Square reader  —  The old (unopened) reader is on the left; the new reader is on the right, with encryption and a battery.  —  Square has added encryption technology to its Square reader.  —  Competitor VeriFone tried to drum up sentiment against Square …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
AT&T launching ‘Plus’ loyalty program: discounts, dedicated support, and coffee  —  AT&T is introducing a new loyalty program called AT&T Plus, with the hope of keeping its most important customers loyal by showering them with special offers and preferential service.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Decorates Its Roof With A 42-Foot Wide QR Code  —  When Mark Zuckerberg called for a “Space Hackathon” to decorate Facebook's massive new headquarters at 1 Hacker Way, he probably didn't expect employees to take him so literally.  A few scurried up to the roof with some tar paint …
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
Not So Hot: New iPad Heat Levels Comparable to Android Tablets  —  PCWorld Labs tests show heat dissipation is a universal tablet problem.  —  So much for “heatgate.”  We've all seen the reports this week indicating that the new iPad runs hotter than its predecessor, the iPad 2.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Angry Birds creator Rovio acquires Futuremark Games Studio  —  Angry Birds publisher Rovio Entertainment has acquired its fellow Finnish game development house, Futuremark Games Studio, in order to get some new talent.  —  Rovio, which just launched its Angry Birds Space mobile game blockbuster …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple: iPad Battery Nothing to Get Charged Up About  —  While the new iPad has come under some criticism for the way it handles battery charging, Apple says the device operates in the same manner as past iOS devices.  —  The source of the confusion stems from how Apple manages the charging process …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Apple's Siri Gains Traction-For Some Things  —  Siri, how popular are you?  —  New research set to be released this week found that 87% of those who own Apple's iPhone 4S use at least one feature of its Siri virtual assistant monthly.  —  But most usage is across a relatively limited set of functions …
Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:
Why Youth Has An Advantage In Innovation & Why You Want To Be A Learn-It-All  —  A few relevant scenes from the recent blockbuster Moneyball:  —  Peter Brand: Billy, Pena is an All Star.  Okay?  And if you dump him and this Hatteberg thing doesn't work out the way that we want it to …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
HuffPo Co-Founder Ken Lerer's Stealthy Start-Up Aims at CNN, Fox  —  Ken Lerer helped build an Internet news powerhouse out of thin air.  Now he wants to do it again.  —  The Huffington Post co-founder, who sold his site to AOL a year ago, is working on another Web news start-up.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
New Wi-Fi iPad Cleared for Sale in China  —  Apple's new iPad has been cleared for sale in mainland China, and could debut there as soon as next month.  —  The China Quality Certification Center recently approved the Wi-Fi version of the device for sale in the country …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial Media Sets Price Range For IPO At $11 To $13 Per Share, Valued At $974M  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media has increased the price range per share for its upcoming IPO to $11 to $13 per share.  The company previously had set the range at $9 to $11 per share.
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Big venture firm raises the networking stakes  —  (Reuters) - Andreessen Horowitz, a three-year-old venture capital firm, has made a big mark in Silicon Valley partly through the sheer scale of its endeavors, with big funds totaling some $2.7 billion and big investments in high-profile companies …
Enda Curran / Digits:
Australia's Watchdog Alleges Apple Misled On iPad  —  Australia's consumer watchdog Tuesday alleged that Apple Inc. made misleading claims regarding 4G capability in the promotion of its new third generation iPad product in Australia.  —  The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
RIAA releases 2011 music revenue; subscription is for real  —  Subscription music services such as Spotify and Rhapsody can tell their critics to eat it.  The sector saw revenue for 2011 jump 13 percent from the prior year to $241 million.  Overall music sales rose barely at all.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
‘Harry Potter’ ebooks finally available for all major e-readers at Pottermore.com  —  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final novel in a fantasy book series that you may have heard of, was released almost five years ago.  However, digitally-inclined readers haven't been able to purchase Harry Potter ebooks — until today.

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