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March 28, 2012, 11:20 PM

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Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
The Next PlayStation is Called Orbis, Sources Say.  Here are the Details.  —  While the official reveal of Sony's next home console could still be months away, if not longer, Kotaku has today learned some important details concerning the PlayStation 3's successor.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
OH NO: Apple TV Isn't Coming Until 2013, Says Research Group  —  Most analysts say Apple will release an Apple TV this year.  —  Not Asian research group CLSA, which said in a note this morning that it thinks it comes out in 2013.  —  We don't have the full note, just a brief of what they said, which is included below.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
The Foxconn-Sharp Alliance is all about Apple's Coming HDTV  —  Yesterday, Apple was granted a very interesting and important patent regarding a very specific TV Display technology.  The patent basically related to Apple's advancement of a little known technology called Fringe Field Switching (FSS).
Bloomberg:
Facebook Said to Halt Secondary-Market Share Trading This Week  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) is halting the trading of its shares on secondary markets by the beginning of April as it prepares for an initial public offering, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Here's How Law Enforcement Cracks Your iPhone's Security Code (Video)  —  Set your iPhone to require a four-digit passcode, and it may keep your private information safe from the prying eyes of the taxi driver whose cab you forget it in.  But if law enforcement is determined to see the data you've stored …
Jodi Gralnick / CNBC:
iPod Nation: Half of US Homes Own Apple Products  —  Half of all U.S. households own at least one Apple product, according to CNBC's All-America Economic survey.  —  That's more than 55 million homes with at least one iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac computer.  And one-in-10 homes that aren't currently …
Andreas Tuerk / The Official Google Blog:
Giving you more insight into your Google Account activity  —  Every day we aim to make technology so simple and intuitive that you stop thinking about it—we want Google to work so well, it just blends into your life.  But sometimes it's helpful to step back and take stock of what you're doing online.
Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Steve Jobs wasn't a fan of the Siri name  —  Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending Technori Pitch, a monthly event where Chicago-based start-ups can showcase what they've been working on.  The keynote speaker for the evening was none other than Dag Kittlaus, one of the co-founders of Siri.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
AT&T promises biggest launch ever for Lumia 900  —  Nokia and AT&T's Lumia 900.  —  (Credit: CNET)  —  AT&T and Nokia are bringing out the big guns when they launch the Lumia 900 next month.  —  “At all levels, this is a notch above anything we've ever done,” AT&T device head Jeff Bradley …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Apple Doesn't Need To Make the TV of the Future  —  The revolution is already here—and it's called the Xbox.  —  If the rumors are true, Apple will release a television set later this year that it will tout as the most amazing boob tube ever invented.  Apple's TV will be able to access shows …
Ben Popper / VentureBeat:
Turn your tweets into toilet paper with the new startup, S**tter  —  What if you could take all those tweets you blast out during the day and ruminate on them in a place where your mind is free to wander and relax.  Introducing S**tter, a new startup that, for just $35, will turn your tweet stream into four rolls of toilet paper.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Google proposes Android revenue for Oracle: filing  —  (Reuters) - Google is willing to pay Oracle a percentage of Android revenue on two patents if Oracle succeeds in proving patent infringement at an upcoming trial over the Java programming language, according to a court filing.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga Prices $515M Secondary Offering At $12 Per Share  —  As reported previously, social gaming giant Zynga is holding a secondary offering of its shares.  The company just announced the pricing, which is $12 per share, for 42,969,153 shares.  All of the shares will be sold by existing stockholders …
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Bolsters Ties With China's Leadership  —  BEIJING—Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook met with senior Chinese leader Li Keqiang this week, in the strongest signal yet that the company is strengthening ties in a market it long neglected.  —  The executive met with Mr. Li on Tuesday …
Klint Finley / SiliconANGLE:
What's Next for Linux as Red Hat Passes the $1 Billion Mark?  —  Today Red Hat announced that it has become the first $1 billion open source company.  Although it's long been known that Red Hat would hit this milestone soon, it's a major achievement in the history of Linux and open source.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Images: Amazon's tower plan, Seattle's new skyline  —  Here are renderings of the three towers and campus that Amazon wants to build in downtown Seattle, giving the company its first company-owned headquarters facility.  —  These images are renderings submitted to the city for design review yesterday.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Inside AOL's $1 Billion Patent Portfolio  —  Tim Armstrong has been pumping up AOL's patents in public.  Privately, he has reportedly hired bankers to shop the Web company's portfolio.  —  But what does he have to sell?  At an investor conference this month, Armstrong said that AOL has 700 to 800 …

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