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March 29, 2012, 10:35 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.
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 …
Matth / Nielsen Wire:
Smartphones Account for Half of all Mobile Phones, Dominate New Phone Purchases in the US  —  Almost half (49.7%) of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones, as of February 2012.  According to Nielsen, this marks an increase of 38 percent over last year; in February 2011, only 36 percent of mobile subscribers owned smartphones.
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Snapguide wants to be your handheld how-to guide for everything  —  There are plenty of websites that provide in-depth information about specific topics, but apart from a few tired old services like eHow from Demand Media, there aren't many places you can go to find how-to guides for a wide range …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Incorporates In Germany, Closest Sign Yet Of European Nook Launch  —  Just as Amazon is launching a new versions of the Kindle in Europe (but not the Fire tablet, yet), one of its big competitors is taking one more step in its bid to enter the European market …
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.

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