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March 30, 2012, 6:35 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: Guardian and 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 …
Business Week:
Facebook Delves Deeper Into Search  —  On Feb. 1, a few hours after Facebook declared its intention to raise $5 billion in what will likely be the largest initial public offering in tech history, Mark Zuckerberg gave close followers of his company a potential clue to its future.
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.
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.
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
Stuart P. Green / New York Times:
When Stealing Isn't Stealing  —  THE Justice Department is building its case against Megaupload, the hugely popular file-sharing site that was indicted earlier this year on multiple counts of copyright infringement and related crimes.  The company's servers have been shut down, its assets seized and top employees arrested.
More: Techdirt
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Pitches Mobile Video  —  Verizon Communications Inc. Chief Executive Lowell C. McAdam said the company could have a wireless video service by year-end that lets pay-TV subscribers see some content on their mobile devices if regulators approve a proposed cable partnership.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Chrome 18 arrives with hardware-accelerated Canvas  —  Version 18 of the Chrome Web browser has rolled out to the stable channel.  The new version includes hardware-accelerated rendering for the HTML5 Canvas element on Windows and Mac OS X.  —  As we have recently reported …
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.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
E-books are the fastest-growing area of book sales, especially for youngsters  —  New data from the Association of American Publishers shows that a lot of y'all got e-readers over the holidays.  Year-over-year, e-book sales have skyrocketed, especially for young adult and kids' titles.
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.
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 …

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