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February 13, 2012, 11:05 PM

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Rene Ritchie / iMore:
iPad 3 announcement March 7, quad-core, possible 4G LTE  —  According to sources who have been reliable in the past, Apple currently plans to hold their iPad 3 announcement on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.  Along with the 2048×1536 Retina display, the iPad 3 will feature a quad-core Apple 6 system …
Reuters:
Google gets approval to buy Motorola Mobility  —  (Reuters) - U.S. and European regulators approved Google Inc's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility on Monday and said they would keep a sharp eye on the web search giant to ensure patents critical to the telecom industry would be licensed at fair prices.
Alison Frankel / Thomson Reuters:
Apple's new Motorola suit is message to Google and regulators  —  It's no coincidence that Apple sued Motorola Mobility for asserting rights to a certain industry-standard patent on the same day word leaked that European and U.S. regulators intend to grant antitrust clearance to Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola.
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Hit men, click whores, and paid apologists: Welcome to the Silicon Cesspool  —  It's tough being a journalist, especially if you're covering technology and living in Silicon Valley, because it seems as if everyone around you is getting fabulously rich while you're stuck in a job that will never, ever make you wealthy.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
We Are Better Than This  —  I'm rarely surprised by the things I read from the tech press any more, but this ongoing Path story has definitely surprised me.  —  Partly because I've never seen a single company take such a staggering hit for doing something that, while wrong, is quite clearly industry practice.
John Melloy / Fast Money:
Apple's Hottest New ‘Thing’ May Be Dividend, Not iPad3  —  Executive Producer, Fast Money & Halftime  —  The latest surge in Apple shares [AAPL Loading...  () ] that's pushed them above $500 is not because of speculation about its next revolutionary product, but rather the possibility …
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon, AT&T To Sell 4G iPad  —  Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. will sell a version of the coming iPad that runs on their newest fourth-generation wireless networks, according to people familiar with the matter, as the battle to cash in on big investments in mobile broadband heats up.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Bram Cohen: My goal is to kill off television  —  BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen demoed his P2P live streaming protocol at the San Francisco MusicTech Summit on Monday, which he said could potentially stream live video to millions of computers with no central infrastructure.
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NPD Group:
U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales Reach $144 Billion in 2011  —  Apple tops 2011 as the #1 Brand and Best Buy is the #1 Retailer  —  U.S. consumer technology hardware and consumable sales* fell just one half of a percent in 2011 ending the year at nearly $144 billion, according to leading market research company The NPD Group.
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Justice Dept seeks to bolster IP enforcement team  —  (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday proposed hiring more prosecutors to pursue intellectual property crimes in the new budget as the entertainment industry pressures the Justice Department to crack down on copyright infringement and counterfeiting.
High Scalability:
Tumblr Architecture - 15 Billion Page Views A Month And Harder To Scale Than Twitter  —  With over 15 billion page views a month Tumblr has become an insanely popular blogging platform.  Users may like Tumblr for its simplicity, its beauty, its strong focus on user experience, or its friendly and engaged community, but like it they do.
Chris Dixon:
eBay vs Amazon: decentralized vs centralized e-commerce  —  Note: The company I cofounded, Hunch, was acquired by eBay in November 2011.  I am now an eBay employee.  But all the opinions expressed below are my own, and were developed prior to the Hunch acquisition, through my own research on e-commerce.
Twitter Blog:
Securing your Twitter experience with HTTPS  —  Last year, we added the option to always use HTTPS when accessing Twitter.com on the web.  This setting makes your Twitter experience more secure by protecting your information, and it's especially helpful if you use Twitter …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to Live Stream Audio of Tim Cook's Speech at Goldman Sachs Conference Tomorrow  —  As noted by @settBIT, Apple has posted a notice on its investor relations page announcing that it will be offering a live audio webcast of a presentation by CEO Tim Cook tomorrow at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube's Offer Video-Makers Can't Refuse: We're Putting All Your Stuff Everywhere  —  Last night YouTube rolled out a new app for Google TV.  And behind the scenes, YouTube has made a small but important change in the way it deals with content owners.  —  YouTube is now insisting …
iFixit:
Motorola Droid 4 Teardown  —  It's the dawn of a new year, and 2012 brings another update to the line of Droid smartphones by Motorola.  Will this be the best Droid to date?  Will it fall completely on its face?  Will it blend?  The only way to find out is to scroll down and check out the teardown.

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