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March 27, 2012, 8:05 PM

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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 …
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.
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 …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
At Y Combinator's Biggest Demo Day Yet, Mobile Is Taking Over  —  There are plenty of observations to be made about Y Combinator's Demo Day.  It's the biggest ever, with 66 companies in this Winter class.  It's more diverse than past years, with many companies being led by women and people of color.
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
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
The President now pinning on Pinterest  —  Hello, Pinterest?  The President is calling.  —  Taking inspiration from the legions of web denizens (and potential voters) already hip to the pinning craze, U.S. President Barack Obama is now sharing his collection of favorite politically themed things and family recipes on Pinterest.
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Microsoft's secret weapon against Google Maps — open source  —  One of the many areas where Google is far ahead of Microsoft is mapping, with Google Maps by far the dominant map service on the Internet.  Microsoft is employing an under-the-radar approach to fighting back …
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.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Feds to carriers: Let's share the airwaves  —  Updated.  Federal spectrum managers on Tuesday recommended that a huge chunk of spectrum used by the 20 government agencies be made available to commercial mobile operations - a move that is sure to please carriers claiming to be strapped for airwaves.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
iPhone with LTE could be offered by Sprint, CFO says  —  The Dow Jones reports that Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer said today at an investor conference that the company is free to offer a potential future Apple iPhone using 4G LTE, though he didn't say explicitly whether Apple had such an iPhone planned.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Looking for Work?  Facebook Wants Salesmen, Google Wants Product People.  —  Neither Facebook or Google are in the habit of laying out their corporate road maps for outsiders.  But you can get a decent sense of what they're planning by looking at their job postings, which they helpfully post on LinkedIn.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Bootstrapped Is Better?  Smugmug's Camera Awesome Crosses 4M Downloads, Adds Instagram Support  —  Here's a tale of two photo apps.  One has 27 million users after a year and a half, and comes from a company with 13 employees and $7.5 million in venture funding.  But there's nary a revenue model in sight.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Groupon Is Hiring An Army Of Engineers In Silicon Valley  —  Groupon, which already has about 200 engineers working out of its Palo Alto office, is looking to hire as many as 100 more, boosting the Chicago-based company's headcount out West, the company tells us.
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 …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen victim of identity theft  —  Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has become the subject of identity theft, with a an AWOL U.S. soldier in Pittsburgh charged with changing the address on a Seattle bank account owned by Allen and attempting to redirect funds to a personal account.
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
First Look: OnTheAir's Video Call-In Show Platform Makes Hangouts and Ustream Seem Static  —  Google Hangouts only allows ten viewers to participate and Ustream allows zero, but with OnTheAir, anyone watching a live stream can video chat with the host in front of the audience.

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