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March 29, 2012, 10:10 AM

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Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Paper: the next great iPad app, from the brains behind Courier  —  Georg Petschnigg throws his hands into the air as he traces thousands of years of human evolution that led us to develop the fragile wrists we need to use tools.  Petschnigg locks his wrist into place and pretends to scribble …
Chris Gallagher / Reuters:
Star-struck Japan PM befriends Facebook's Zuckerberg  —  (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda frequently entertains dignitaries from all over the world, but he was a touch star-struck on Thursday when he hosted a young billionaire with a whiff of celebrity: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.
Mark McDonald / New York Times:
Zuckerberg in China: Let the Rumors Begin  —  HONG KONG — Mark Zuckerberg was spotted walking around Shanghai on Tuesday, which naturally led to a spike in online speculation about Facebook entering the Chinese market.  —  He said he was just on vacation with his girlfriend, Priscilla Chan.
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:
Apple's Tim Cook Visits Foxconn IPhone Plant in China  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook visited Foxconn Technology Group's newly built manufacturing facility for the iPhone in Zhengzhou, China, as the U.S. company seeks to improve working conditions.
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.
Paul M. Barrett / Business Week:
Apple's War on Android  —  In her black robe and strand of white pearls, Lucy Koh projects the serious, deliberate demeanor befitting a U.S. District Court judge.  The Harvard-educated former federal prosecutor has served on the California state bench and as a partner in a Silicon Valley law firm …
Dan Graziano / BGR:
Google's $199 Nexus tablet may pressure vendors to cut prices  —  It is widely believed that Google will entere the tablet market in 2012 with an own-branded 7-inch Android tablet.  The search giant has reportedly partnered with ASUS to build a $199 device that will compete against Amazon's Kindle Fire.
Jacques Hebert / YouTube Blog:
Do You Have What it Takes to be the ‘Next’ great YouTube Vlogger?  —  Vlogging, or video blogging, videos are some of the most popular on YouTube.  And rightfully so—they're one of the few types of videos that literally anyone can create: all you have to do is sit in front of camera …
Deborah Gage / Venture Capital Dispatch:
HootSuite Takes A Little Cash Off The Table To ‘De-Risk,’ Aims For Bigger Game  —  Social media management company HootSuite Media has ballooned since it started a little over three years ago, winning business from global brands and growing to nearly four million users, with $75 million in revenue expected this year.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial Media Shares Pop 100 Percent In First Trade; Valued At Nearly $2B  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media just debuted on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “MM,” and saw shares pop 97 percent in the first trade of $25.  The company initially priced its IPO at $13 per share last night …
Arne Hess / the::unwired:
AVAILABILITY: HTC announces One X, One S and One V availability for next week [UPDATE]  —  Tagged under: [HTC] [HTC_One] [HTC_One_X] [HTC_One_S] [HTC_One_V] [HTC_Sense_4.0] [Android_4.0]  —  HTC today announced that its recently announced HTC One-series of Android smartphones will be available …
IDC:
Nearly 1 Billion Smart Connected Devices Shipped in 2011 with Shipments Expected to Double by 2016, According to IDC  —  FRAMINGHAM, Mass., March 28, 2012 -The universe of smart connected devices, including PCs, media tablets, and smartphones, saw shipments of more than 916 million units …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Tumblr hits 20 billion posts, nears 50 million hosted blogs  —  New York City-based sharing service Tumblr continues to grow at an incredible pace, hitting 20 billion posts on Monday night, doubling in size in just over 6 months.  —  Understated in its response to the milestone, the Tumblr team posted a tweet to notify its followers:
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Spectrum of revenge: how the FCC is under attack from Congress and AT&T  —  There's been a rising drumbeat for FCC reform on Capitol Hill ever since the agency helped block the AT&T / T-Mobile deal — and that beat's being led by the nation's biggest carriers, their lobbyists …
Mazhar Mohammed / Windows Phone Blog:
Marketplace arrives in 13 new countries  —  Let the downloading begin.  I'm happy to report that today we're opening 13 new storefronts around the world for Windows Phone apps and games.  —  The new Marketplaces are Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
iPhone 4 owners who don't want free bumpers can register for $15 antennagate settlements  —  The official website for the iPhone 4 “antennagate” class action settlement is live, as pointed out by co-lead counsel on the case Ira Rothken.  Of course, speaking of cases, if you're an iPhone 4 owner …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
New U.S. Research Will Aim at Flood of Digital Data  —  The federal government is beginning a major research initiative in big data computing.  The effort, which will be announced on Thursday, involves several government agencies and departments, and commitments for the programs total $200 million.
Joe Rossignol / iFans:
Apple Changes Catchphrase on iTunes Page, No Longer Copies Zune Website  —  A few weeks ago, it was discovered that Apple's iTunes page used the same “your entertainment, everywhere” slogan that appears on Microsoft's official Zune website.  It was unknown if it was purely a coincidence …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET:
MegaUpload lawyer claims the feds are impeding its defense  —  The U.S. government has refused to allow the MegaUpload defendants access to information on their servers, which in turn is impeding their ability to defend themselves, the company's lawyer told CNET.  —  MegaUpload founder Kim DotCom.
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.
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 …

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