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March 30, 2012, 4:14 AM

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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Sell Tablets on Its Own This Year  —  Google Inc., undaunted by a short-lived attempt to sell a smartphone on its own, is now pushing into Apple's iPad market.  —  The Internet search company is planning to market and sell tablets directly to consumers through an online store …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Google's So Freaked Out About The iPad And Lousy Android Sales That It's Opening An Online Tablet Store  —  When Google first announced plans to buy Motorola last year, most pundits agreed that Google had no intention of actually owning Motorola, that it was just buying Motorola for the patents.
More: GeekWire
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RIM reports Q4 miss; Balsillie resigns as director, CTO and COO both out  —  With expectations at an all-time low and analysts lowering estimates left and right, Research In Motion on Thursday reported its results for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2012.  RIM posted a surprising beat …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
RIM reports fiscal fourth quarter earnings: $125m loss on $4.2b revenue  —  RIM has just announced its earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter of 2012, and as expected, they're not good: the company lost $125 million before adjustments on revenue of $4.2 billion.  —  Developing...
Roger Cheng / CNET:
RIM finally seems to get it  —  Thorsten Heins showing some urgency in discussing RIM's need for change.  —  (Credit: Screenshot by CNET)  —  The urgency in Research In Motion CEO Thorstein Heins was palpable during the company's first quarterly conference call, suggesting he may be the right man for this job after all.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Google Doesn't Not Make Four Times More Off The iPhone Vs. Android  —  Danny Sullivan argues that the conclusions about Android revenues based on the Oracle v. Google court document are flawed.  That's certainly possible, but it doesn't sound as flawed as Sullivan seems to believe.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Nick O'Neill / StartupStats:
BREAKING: LivingSocial Co-Founder And President Steps Down  —  Eddie Frederick, President and Co-Founder of LivingSocial, has stepped down from the board according to an email just sent out from CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy.  Eddie has been at the company since the start and was the original creator …
More: Business Insider and TechCrunchThanks:@allnick
Reuters:
Apple, Foxconn vow wide revamp of worker conditions  —  (Reuters) - In a landmark development for the way Western companies do business in China, Apple Inc said Thursday it had agreed to work with partner Foxconn to substantially improve wages and working conditions at the factories that produce its wildly popular products.
Hulu Blog:
Hulu Plus Arrives on Seven Android Tablets.  With a Brand New Style.  —  Today marks a very special day for us at Hulu.  From the beginning, our focus has been to bring the world's most beloved TV shows and movies to entertainment fans whenever they want, wherever they want.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents a Killer 3D Imaging Camera for iOS Devices  —  Apple has invented a killer 3D imaging camera that will apply to both still photography and video.  The new cameras in development will utilize new depth-detection sensors such as LIDAR, RADAR and Laser that will create stereo disparity maps in creating 3D imagery.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Here's another big data startup from Team Yahoo  —  Last summer, Yahoo's investments in big data brought us Hadoop startup Hortonworks, and now those same investments have brought us predictive-marketing startup InsightsOne.  The company, which was founded by the team responsible …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Google's Grand Plan  —  The search company no longer dabbles in exotic ideas.  Now, it's all business.  —  In a typical month, David Lawee meets two dozen founders of new companies.  He grills them on their businesses, their ambitions, their funding, and their clever ideas for the future.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Kickstarter Shares The Effects Of Its Blockbuster Season  —  February was a big month for Kickstarter.  Not only did they have a number of record-breaking projects, but they were shoved into the mainstream consciousness with a flood of traditional news coverage.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft talks touch hardware in Windows 8  —  Touch screens are not all the same.  Even screens that use the same technology (capacitive, resistive, or optical) will show different behavior depending on the controllers used and other details.  Windows 8 will have to cope with a wide range …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Now Using ReCAPTCHA To Decode Street View Addresses  —  Have you started seeing images in online reCAPTCHAs that look suspiciously like house numbers pulled from Google Street View?  Well, as it turns out, that's exactly what they are.  Google confirmed it's currently running …
Emily Parkhurst / TechFlash:
Microsoft files restraining order, offers $300M bond in Motorola patent case  —  Microsoft has filed a restraining order and offered a $300 million bond in an attempt to ward off an injunction requested by Motorola that would affect a wide variety of Microsoft products.
Craig Mod:
The Digital↔Physical: On building Flipboard for iPhone and Finding Edges for Our Digital Narratives  —  We had been on a long journey but I couldn't see it anywhere.  There's a stage in a product cycle where you know it's going to ship.  Where you can see the end.
More: The Verge
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Largest Retail Store Yet Coming to Dalian, China?  —  Apple appears to be working on plans to open its largest retail store yet, advertising a forthcoming store in the main Century City shopping district of Dalian, China.  M.I.C. gadget posts a photo showing promotional signage …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Damages Rise 60%, Police Ready Hunt For Missing Founder  —  As revealed earlier this month, Swedish authorities have now decided where the founders of The Pirate Bay plus one time site ‘financier’ Carl Lundström will serve their sentences.  —  There is, however …
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook tests simpler interface for creating ads, targeting users  —  Facebook is testing a new self-serve ad interface that emphasizes objectives and gives users more targeting options, the company tells us.  —  From what we can tell in the following two screenshots provided by Facebook …
Mikael Ricknäs / PC World:
RIM Attacks Apple's Nano-SIM Tactics  —  Research In Motion has sent a letter to a standards group complaining about Apple's tactics in the battle over the upcoming nano-SIM standard, joining Nokia in trying to shed doubt over Apple's efforts.  —  RIM, Nokia and Motorola Mobility are involved …

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