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March 21, 2012, 1:10 PM

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Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Video Speed Trap Lurks in New iPad  —  Users Find the Superfast 4G Link Carries a Big Cost: Churning Through Data Limits in Mere Hours  —  Brandon Wells got the new iPad last Friday, started wirelessly streaming March Madness games the next day and by Saturday night was out of gas.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Exclusive: Hipstamatic, Instagram To Unveil Photo-Sharing Partnership  —  Last week, Instagram hit 27 million users, solidifying it not only as one of the most popular photo-sharing services on the market, but as one of the world's fastest-growing social networks.
Jason Fagone / Wired:
How One Response to a Reddit Query Became a Big Budget Flick  —  James Erwin, 37, works for a financial services firm in Des Moines, Iowa, writing software manuals.  He's been doing that for a couple of years, and he enjoys it.  It's a pretty low-stress job for a person with a methodical turn of mind—good pay, short commute.
More: The Verge and Mashable!
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Comcast, Verizon Say They're Itching to Fight Google, Apple  —  Late last year, Comcast and Verizon unveiled a whopper of a deal: Verizon would buy a big chunk of wireless spectrum that Comcast wasn't using.  And the cable company and the telco would agree to market each others' products …
Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Silicon Valley's Hottest VC Is a Rug Dealer  —  It's a balmy February evening in Palo Alto, and Pejman Nozad is sipping tea on the deck of the Rosewood Hotel, the hot spot of venture capital's capital, Sand Hill Road.  He's chosen a table situated just central enough so that he can see everyone who walks in.
More: Forbes
Peter Farago / Flurry Blog:
China Now Leads the World in New iOS and Android Device Activations  —  Flurry recently quantified China's meteoric adoption of iOS and Android applications.  While China ranked 10th in application sessions at the beginning of 2011, it finished the year in 2nd place, only behind the United States.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP combines printer, PC units; Analysts question synergy  —  Summary: HP said in a statement that the combination will help the company's go-to-market strategy, branding, supply chain and customer support.  —  HP on Wednesday made it official: It is merging its PC and printing units in a bid …
Paul Thurrott's / SuperSite for Windows:
What's Coming In Microsoft Outlook 15  —  I make no apologies for my refusal to use Microsoft Outlook, but hundreds of millions of business users and consumers rely on this multi-functional solution every day.  In fact, it's the center of many people's computing experience, period, the dashboard by which they manage their daily lives.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Ten things Oracle v. Google tells us about the judge presiding over Yahoo v. Facebook  —  On Google+ I recently said that I don't consider Yahoo v. Facebook, however interesting it may be for the Internet community at large, to be sufficiently wireless-related for the FOSS Patents blog to cover.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Walmart steps up with Angry Birds Space promotion  —  Angry Birds Space, Rovio's next big game in the phenomenal mobile game series, launches on Thursday with some major promotions from Walmart.  —  Angry Birds Space will debut in a variety of app stores, but this event marks Walmart's first in-store promotion with a mobile app.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
LED backlight a likely culprit in iPad heat issue, says expert  —  Reported heat issues with new iPad are most likely due to a combination of more backlights and more power needed to drive the backlights, an expert told CNET.  This follows a CNET report attributing extra heat to the new iPad's A5X chip, also.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft banning Mac, iPad purchases by its sales and marketing group?  —  Summary: An alleged internal Microsoft e-mail claims the company's marketing and sales organization is about to halt Mac and iPad purchases made with company funds.  Smart or pointless?
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Adobe Expands Its Social Analytics Lineup With Adobe Social  —  Must be something in the air.  Less than a day after Google announced that it's adding social media reports to Google Analytics, Adobe is unveiling its own social analytics tools.  —  Even though the company is best known …
Sabrina Willmer / Bloomberg:
Facebook Investor DST Seeks $1 Billion for New Tech Fund  —  Digital Sky Technologies, a Russian firm that invested in Facebook Inc. (FB), is seeking $1 billion for a new late-stage technology fund less than a year after raising its last pool, promising investors a stake in the social- networking site in return.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Virgin Mobile USA restores service, apologizes for the inconvenience  —  A dozen or so hours after the carrier came clean with its most recent outage, Virgin Mobile USA service has been restored.  Data, texts and calls should be flowing normally now, and the company has stated …
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Linus Torvalds: The King of Geeks (And Dad of 3)  —  The license plate on Linus Torvalds' Mercedes SLK convertible says it all.  The frame running around the outside of the plate reads “Mr. Linux.  King of Geeks.”  But the plate itself says “Dad of 3.”  —  If you meet Linus Torvalds …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Meet The Hackers Who Sell Spies The Tools To Crack Your PC (And Get Paid Six-Figure Fees)  —  At a Google-run competition in ­Vancouver last month, the search giant's famously secure Chrome Web browser fell to hackers twice.  Both of the new methods used a rigged ­website …
Agam Shah / InfoWorld:
In-Stat: Apple to be top mobile processor company  —  Apple could overtake Intel as the world's top mobile processor company by the end of the year  —  Apple is an iconic consumer electronics company with a string of massively successful products, but it could also become …
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Fragmentation bomb wounds Android in developer war  —  Devs losing interest in the li'l green guy  —  A new study conducted by IDC and mobile-developer platform and services company Appcelerator has determined that as Google's open source Android operating system becomes more and more fragmented …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
FCC proposals would let Dish build a 4G network, make 700MHz more useful  —  Two important proposals came out of an FCC meeting this morning, both of which have the potential for sweeping effects on broadband wireless in the US in the coming years.  First off, Dish's intention …
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Broadcom to buy chip maker BroadLight for $195 million  —  Summary: Broadcom is to buy Israel-based BroadLight for around $195 million, in a bid to bolster its portfolio in high-speed fiber broadband.  —  Semiconductor giant Broadcom expects to pay around $195 million in cash for BroadLight …

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