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March 29, 2012, 7:30 AM

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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).
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.
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 …
More: App AdviceTweets: @jonfingas
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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:
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Jack Halprin / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Apps Vault Brings Information Governance to Google Apps  —  Today we're announcing the availability of Google Apps Vault (Vault) for Google Apps for Business customers.  Vault is an easy-to-use and cost-effective solution for managing information critical to your business and preserving important data.
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Third Point's Loeb to Yahoo About Board Rejection: “Illogical Alice-in-Wonderland World”  —  Third Point's Dan Loeb, the activist Yahoo shareholder, fired back at the company today about recent board appointments that ignored his alternate slate of directors, in yet another colorful letter …
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