March 12, 2012, 3:55 PM

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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Nokia likely to launch Windows 8 tablet PCs in 4Q12, say sources  —  Nokia will team up with Microsoft to venture into the tablet PC market by releasing a 10-inch Windows 8-based tablet PC set on Qualcomm's dual-core platform in the fourth quarter of 2012 at the earliest, according to sources at upstream component suppliers.
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 …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
OMG: 5-Week-Old App Draw Something Hits 20 Million Downloads And Generates 6-Figures Per Day  —  Three weeks ago, we wrote about OMGPOP's mobile app, Draw Something.  The ten-day-old social game had been downloaded more than 1.2 million times.  Now the company has shared even more staggering numbers with us.
Iphone Fails to Gain China Share as Samsung Lead Triples: Tech  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) got a second partner in China to sell the iPhone in the world's biggest mobile-phone market.  The deal may be too late to catch Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), with a market share that's three times larger and growing.
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
The Google that never was: how the search giant killed a 2007 redesign  —  Creative Lab's Chris Wiggins, Maps's Evelyn Kim, Gmail's Michael Leggett, Chrome's Nicholas Jitkoff, and Search's Jon Wiley also discussed the big changes in structure and approach to the more recent 2011 design.
More: AllThingsD
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Pinterest Aims at the Collector Hidden Inside All of Us  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — Seeking attention for your start-up?  You may want to look beyond the Internet-savvy throngs clogging the sidewalks and bars here.  —  Many start-up companies trying to attract interest work the circuit at the annual South …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Organizers Defend “Homeless Hotspots” at SXSW  —  The talk of Austin is a jarring campaign in which homeless people actually become Wi-Fi hotspots.  “The worry is that these people are suddenly just hardware,” admits its organizer.  —  Source:
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Marvel Comics' Axel Alonso: New App Augments Reality [Video]  —  Marvel comic book heroes are jumping off the page with some new digital features.  —  Marvel Entertainment, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Co., is adding augmented reality to its comics using a new “Marvel AR” app for iOS or Android …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Aereo files countersuit against broadcasters  —  (Reuters) - Aereo Inc, a new online television service backed by Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, has filed a countersuit against several broadcasters, seeking a declaration that it does not infringe their copyrights.
Mike Cassidy / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley has become the new Motor City  —  Back in the bleak days of the dot-com bust, a number of naysayers would sum up Silicon Valley's sorry state by wondering whether the region was on its way to becoming the next Detroit.  —  Now a decade later, you could argue it's come to pass …
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Anonymous made $700K in fraudulent charges in Stratfor attack, number may grow  —  The FBI has revealed that $700,000 worth of fraudulent credit card charges were executed after hacktivist group Anonymous attacked and stole nearly 200 gigabytes of data from security firm Stratfor.
Peter Guest / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook, Friend or Foe?  —  Investors have realized that companies no longer compete with Facebook, they compete on it  —  Stuck to the wall by the entrance to Badoo's office in London's Soho district is a postcard that says 'No, I'm Not On Facebook'.  —  Badoo's 135 million registered users …
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 …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
US Department of Justice approves Nortel patents purchase by Microsoft, Apple-led ‘Rockstar Consortium’  —  Rockstar Consortium, an unusual partnership between the likes of Apple, Microsoft, Research In Motion, Ericsson and Sony, has received the green light from the United States Department of Justice …
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 links as well as Google-hosted blogs with a custom URL.  —  Facebook has started throwing …
More: Mashable!Thanks:@emilprotalinski
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 …
More: InteractionedThanks:@gdgt

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