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March 30, 2012, 9:10 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.
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 …
Reuters:
Apple supplier Foxconn cuts working hours, workers ask why  —  (Reuters) - When Chinese worker Wu Jun heard that her employer, the giant electronics assembly company Foxconn, had given employees landmark concessions her reaction was worry, not elation.  —  Wu, 23, is one of tens of thousands …
Reuters:
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
SOPA is all fun and games until NBC rips off Apple's artwork  —  Reality TV is a harsh business.  One minute everyone is glued to Jersey Shore, the next you're looking at a canceled series and a backlog of ‘GTL’ shirts cluttering up the company store.  One of the perennial favorites …
More: PandoDaily and MacNN
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 …
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 …
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
iTunes and Amazon royalty payments used to steal £500,000 by British gang  —  Members of a British gang who generated more than £500,000 in fraudulent royalties by buying music on Amazon and iTunes using stolen credit cards have been jailed.  Apple was alerted to the issue …
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Zynga's Engineering VP for New Gaming Platform Moves On  —  Neil Roseman, Zynga's VP of Engineering, has resigned after 15 months at the social games company, AllThingsD.com has confirmed.  —  Most recently, Roseman (pictured on the right, with Zynga's CEO Mark Pincus on the left) …
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.

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