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February 28, 2012, 4:35 PM

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple announces iPad event for March 7 in San Francisco  —  Apple announces iPad event for March 7 in San Francisco  —  As expected, Apple on Monday announced an event to show off the company's next generation iPad.  The invitation, sent to me by Apple, says the event will take place …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
The Mounting Minuses at Google+  —  Playing Catchup to Facebook, Google's Social Network Is a Virtual Ghost Town by Comparison  —  To hear Google Inc. Chief Executive Larry Page tell it, Google+ has become a robust competitor in the social networking space, with 90 million users registering since its June launch.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Samsung: 'We're not doing very well in the tablet market'  —  One Samsung executive gets brutally honest about his company's performance in the tablet market, even while offering up some hope for its line of Galaxy Note mobile devices.  —  Samsung executive Hankil Yoon speaking during …
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
HBO Go coming to Xbox 360 on April 1st  —  HBO has slowly been bringing HBO Go to a multitude of connected platforms, from Roku boxes to some Samsung connected TVs, and now we finally know when it'll come to the Xbox 360.  Tonight at an HBO event in San Francisco, company Co-President …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Groupon Acquires Travel Search Company Uptake  —  Groupon has acquired the travel research start-up Uptake, Groupon just confirmed.  —  The price of the deal was in the “teens” of millions, and is essentially an “acqhire” for Uptake's 20-person Palo Alto, Calif.-based team, according to a source familiar with the deal.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Exclusive: Microsoft, others in Google+ complaint to EU  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft and several other firms have complained to EU antitrust regulators about Google's social networking tool, two people familiar with the matter said, in a move that may prompt the EU to broaden its ongoing investigation into Google.
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft's next Steve: Windows boss faces biggest test  —  (Reuters) - For Steven Sinofsky, the stern but creative engineering manager who runs Microsoft Corp's flagship Windows division, February 29 is showtime.  —  On that day, in Barcelona, Sinofsky will preside over the public test release …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
The Future According to Eric Schmidt  —  Google's chairman Eric Schmidt took the stage at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this afternoon to talk about the role of technology in the “world we live in today” and how it will shape the societies of the future.
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Yahoo Warns Facebook of a Potential Patent Fight  —  As Yahoo struggles to keep up with younger competitors, the Web portal company is weighing a new tactic: threatening legal action over its patent holdings.  —  Yahoo is seeking to force Facebook into licensing 10 to 20 patents over technologies …
Don Kingsborough / The PayPal Blog:
The Home Depot Brings PayPal into its Nearly 2,000 stores in the U.S.  —  Just six weeks ago we announced a small five-store pilot with The Home Depot to test PayPal's in store payment system.  Today we're proud to report that The Home Depot is beginning a national roll-out that will let customers pay …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
It's Huge Day for Apple on the Multi-Touch Patent front  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 24 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  Today's first granted patent report highlights three out of five important Multi-Touch patent wins.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Ads Head to Your Phone  —  Twitter is expanding its ad program to iPhone and Android handsets, as the company gets more aggressive about ramping up revenue.  —  Twitter has already been showing some limited advertising on its mobile apps.  But now it will start showing its …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Updated: Say what?  Google's gigabit network won't deliver a gig?  —  Updated: When is a gigabit not a gigabit?  Perhaps when it's Google's gigabit network.  Speaking today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt said the company's planned fiber …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows 8 Consumer Preview: What should testers expect?  —  Summary: Microsoft is launching the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 on February 29.  Here's what testers may see once the bits are downloadable.  —  Microsoft is launching the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 on February 29.
Alice Chan / PSFK:
Mercedes-Benz Brings Siri To Their Cars  —  Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz unveiled plans to integrate Apple's Siri into its A-Class electronics system that would allow drivers access to their iPhone apps using voice commands.  The program, called the Drive Kit Plus will work in conjunction …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Sony Tablet P on AT&T officially costs $399.99 on March 4th with two year contract  —  While we heard rumors earlier today that Sony's funky little clamshell Tablet P would be available on March 3rd, we've just gotten word that it'll launch a day later for $399.99 with a two year contract …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Struggling music service MOG for sale  —  Subscription music may be the next phase in digital distribution but it's still not big enough to support everybody.  MOG seeks an exit.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
T-Mobile USA will skip 84Mbps HSPA+ and go straight to LTE  —  Speaking with us this morning at Mobile World Congress, T-Mobile USA's Andrew Sherrard confirmed that the carrier would proceed straight to its just-announced LTE network after wrapping deployment of 42Mbps HSPA+ …
Bing:
Bing Maps and Nokia Release Unified Map Design  —  Last year, we entered into a strategic partnership with Nokia which included plans to offer a unique and compelling mapping experience for our customers.  Since then we've been working with Nokia and Windows Phone to deliver a unified map style based …

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