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March 12, 2012, 7:55 AM

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Reuters TV:
Is CNN buying Mashable?  —SXSW  —  Breaking News from SXSW: Reuters blogger Felix Salmon has learned from an unnamed source that CNN will buy social media website Mashable for more than $200 million dollars.  The source says an announcement is expected for Tuesday.  (March 12, 2012)
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN in Talks to Acquire Mashable, Sources Say  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — CNN, a unit of Time Warner, and Mashable are in advanced talks that may lead to an acquisition of the social news Web site, three people with knowledge of the talks said.  —  Mashable, which specializes in stories about technology …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Instagram reaches 27 million registered users, shows off upcoming Android app  —  Instagram, the photo-sharing app that has taken a definitive lead on iOS, said it has surpassed 27 million registered users.  —  Co-founder Kevin Systrom didn't disclose daily active users.
Ryan Block / gdgt:
Why the new iPad's Retina Display matters  —  Specs are specs, and every time a new device is announced we expect the numbers to ratchet a little higher.  This is the stuff that makes people (especially tech pundits) so cynical of upgrade cycles: the typical incremental updates don't tend …
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David Carr / New York Times:
A Code of Conduct for Content Aggregators  —  As words and articles became digitized over the last 15 years, they began to float, there for the plucking and replication elsewhere.  Words like “curation” and “aggregation” became the language of the realm, sometimes used as substitutes for describing the actual creation of content.
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Peter Thiel, university-hater, heads to campus  —  (Reuters) - Peter Thiel, the superstar Silicon Valley investor, has famously dismissed university as a waste of time and money, and even offered students cash to drop out.  —  But his views apparently do not apply to himself - or to Stanford University.
More: Betabeat
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Les Moonves: Steve Jobs Approached CBS for Apple TV Content  —  The CBS CEO spoke at the UCLA Entertainment Symposium on Saturday, which also included a panel on negotiating talent deals.  —  CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said Saturday that he was approached about a year ago by Steve Jobs …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Social gift app Wrapp steams ahead with UK launch  —  When the CEO of Wrapp told us last week that the social gifts company was speeding up its expansion plans in order to combat the threat from a Samwer brothers clone, he wasn't joking: today the business is announcing that it is launching in the U.K. …
USA Today:
Apple: iPad preorders sell out, demand ‘off the charts’  —  If you are hoping to score a new iPad from Apple, you might have to wait.  Apple's website shows March 19 as the earliest ship date for online orders of its popular tablet computer.  And there is a limit of two per customer on the number of tablets that can preordered.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Microsoft to let Windows 8 web browsers play nice with Metro, Firefox version in the works  —  We previously heard that Mozilla was planning a Metro version of Firefox, and now developer Brian R. Bondy has announced that the company has begun work on it.  While that's good for Firefox fans …
More: The Register and OSNews
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook throws up roadblock for Google-hosted blogs  —  Summary: Facebook has started prompting users who post any link from Google Blogger with a CAPTCHA test.  This seems to affect all blogspot.com links as well as Google-hosted blogs with a custom URL.  —  Facebook has started throwing …

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