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Jury to decide Apple's $1 billion patent suit vs Samsung. Does Apple keep most of the money, a fraction of it, or none at all? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Monday Highlights: Lawsuits, legal issues abound today, jurists deliberate Apple vs. Samsung award; Ben Lovejoy thinks Apple will, and should, lose the patent trial vs. Samsung; Powerbeats headphone lawsuit vs Apple given go ahead by judge; Cupertino looking to "squeeze extra taxes out of Apple"; Apple removing CallKit apps from China App Store; meanwhile, in the UK, Google faces possible $4.3 billion lawsuit over iPhone privacy; Apple drops a spot in Fortune 500, from 3 to 4; TeenSafe app compromised, thousands of Apple IDs exposed; former Siri speech scientist at Apple now working for Microsoft; and "Don't be evil" no longer part of Google's code of conduct; Apple Gazette opines on MacBook Pro keyboard lawsuit.

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  • "How the Love Affair With Apple Might End" ["Rather than being felled by a fatal blow from Nokia, Microsoft or another foe, a likelier scenario is that Apple will suffer the fate of past alpha design brands by declining not dramatically, but gradually, as Braun did after its 1960s and 1970s heyday. Perhaps it will carry on doing the same things in the same way for too long, or slowly lose the qualities that once made its products seem so special."]  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:21 AM
  • "For an ethical iPhone, Apple should look to clothing and Cambodia: The tech titan must show some leadership in shutting the sweatshops." Brisbane Times 9:37 AM
  • "Apple's Suppliers Pressed to Improve Workers' Lot" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:25 PM
  • "Pros vs. Indies on Apple's Q2 2012: A $6.8 billion gap" Fortune 8:00 AM
  • "Foxconn chairman pledges to raise pay in China, invest in Hainan" Reuters 7:56 AM
  • "New iPad 4G Row: Apple Faces Complaints in Norway, Sweden and UK, after Australian Marketing Fiasco" International Business Times 8:07 AM
  • "Schools across the country bring iPads to the classroom" ["Jamestown, part of the 21,000-student Arlington Public Schools, is on the leading edge of what many educators describe as the classroom edition of the digital revolution."] McClatchy Washington Bureau 8:35 AM
  • "How Apple Makes the World a Better Place"  Cult of Mac 3/31
  • "Why the key to Apple's future is in the clouds"  Macworld 3/31
  • "Judge Posner upholds largest part of Apple's touchscreen heuristics ('949) patent in Motorola case" Foss Patents 3/31
  • "Bio as Bible: Managers Imitate Steve Jobs/Biography of Apple Co-Founder Becomes Management Guide; Perfection, Turtlenecks" [Paid Membership Required] 3/31
  • "How Apple Puts a Shine on Corporate America: Without Apple, first-quarter profits for the Standard & Poor's 500 would have been up only 10%, not the 13% reported."  Barron's 3/31
  • "Apple and publishers reportedly willing to abandon iBooks 'agency model' to appease Justice Department" iMore 3/31
  • "Apple, publishers to settle e-books price-fixing suit: Report/Though Apple is not likely to take a major financial hit after the settlement, Amazon stands to gain upward of $1 billion in revenue, one analyst says." CNET Reviews 3/31
  • "The Truth About Apple's Foxconn Workers: They Want To Work MORE, Not Less" Business Insider 3/31
  • "Opinion: Why does everyone pick on Apple products?"  Digital Trends 3/31
  • "EU's Almunia: may probe Motorola, Apple, Microsoft dispute" Reuters 3/31
  • "Desktop Top Operating System Share Trend" [Mac down slightly from February's high to 6.54%] NetMarketshare 10:23 AM
  • "Desktop Top Browser Share Trend" [Safari falls to 5.07%] NetMarketshare 10:24 AM
  • "Lion OS making gains in Mac installed base" ZDNet 6:48 PM
  • "Mac Owners 3X More Likely to Preview Next OS Than Windows Users" PCWorld 3/31
  • "Targeted Pro-Tibetan malware attacks hit Mac OS X users" ZDNet 3/30
  • "Apple updates Logic Pro and Logic Express" AppleTell 3/30
  • "iPhoto 9.2.3 address unexpected quit, stability issues" FairerPlatform 3/30
  • "Review: Alfred: The Keyboard Launcher for the Rest of Us" The PC Weenies 3/31
  • "iBooks Author Review: Are digital interactive textbooks and the means to create them finally here?" Mac|Life 3/30
  • "Read Later brings offline Instapaper and ReadItLater reading to the Mac" Macworld 3/30
  • "Review: MailTags 3, turning Mail into an Information Manager" IT.Enquirer 3/30
  • "Watch System Activity and CPU Usage from the Mac OS X Dock" OS X Daily 3/30
  • "10.7: Disable folder drop-down in Terminal menu bar" Mac OS X Hints 3/30
  • "iTunes Needs Competition: Try This New Mac Music Player (because a playlist is not a spreadsheet)" TeraTalks 3/30
  • "6 Reasons To Try An Alternative To iPhoto On Your Mac" Mac 360 3/30
  • "Put Your Photos In A Mac Image Bucket And Learn To Love Photo Conversions Again" McSolo 3/30
  • "How To Find Out How Healthy Your Mac's Battery Really Is (use this free Battery Health app)" NoodleMac 3/30
  • "How To Get Your Mac Geek On With A Free WiFi Network Visualizer App" BohemianBoomer 3/30
  • "UI responsiveness: OSX vs. Windows, iOS vs. Android" Kent Nguyen 3/31
  • "The Mac App Store Needs Paid Upgrades @ Chuqui 3.0" Chuquie 3.0 3/30
Press Releases
  • "CTM releases FoxTrot Professional Search 4.0 and Server for Mac OS X" prMac 3/31
  • "'Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition' Also Coming to Mac" MacRumors 3/30
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs: Indie pic 'Jobs' to be directed by Joshua Michael Stern"  Variety 6:29 PM
  • "Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs? Really?" CNET News 6:32 PM
  • "Ashton Kutcher Reportedly Cast in Steve Jobs' Biopic" The Next Web 6:47 PM
  • "Not a Joke: Ashton Kutcher to Play Steve Jobs in Indie Biopic 'Jobs'" FirstShowing 7:42 PM
  • "Rebellious Tinkerers Dress Up the iPhone's Uniform" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:25 PM
  • "'Girls Around Me' App-Maker: We Pulled Out of iTunes, But We Didn't Do Anything Wrong" AllThingsD 8:28 AM
  • "Girls Around Me app developer hits back at privacy concerns" Crave @ CNET 8:34 AM
  • "Apple's Biogas Fuel Cell Plant Could Go Live By June" Wired Magazine 9:39 AM
  • "Apple 4.8MW fuel cell could power up in June" FairerPlatform 9:43 AM
  • "8-year-old uses 'Find My iPad' to find crooks with $350,000 in stolen goods" 9 to 5 Mac 6:47 PM
  • "Week in Apple: iPad styli, iPhone security, UDIDs, and more" Ars Technica 3/31
  • "Applesauce: All Things Apple" redOrbit 3/31
  • "New iPad returns are less than previously released versions" Examiner 3/31
  • "Apple is the highest rated consumer brand in Japan, says Nikkei" The Verge 3/31
  • "Steve Jobs' Most Important Products" Forbes 3/31
  • "Gravitational Shift: Competition in mobile phones has supplanted competition among networks." Barron's 3/31
  • "Sprint's target 2014 4G LTE coverage map revealed" The Verge 3/31
  • "Apple Picked As Top Consumer Brand In Japan For 1st Time" Nikkei 3/30
  • "Apple Becomes the Number One Consumer Brand in Japan" Tech.pinions 3/30
  • "iJapan: Apple ranked as top consumer brand in Japan" VentureBeat 3/30
  • "Apple vaults past Google to top Japanese brand survey" CNET News 3/30
  • "Tablet owners in Japan, US view their devices differently" MacNews 3/30
  • "Apple's 'brand power' tops Japanese consumer survey" AppleInsider 3/30
  • "EU's Almunia: may probe Motorola, Apple, Microsoft dispute" Reuters 3/30
  • "Apple products now found in half of all American dwellings" The Register 3/30
  • "ETSI vote on SIM card standard postponed, says French financial daily Les èchos" Foss Patents 3/30
  • "With Apple and Nokia at war, nano-SIM vote is postponed" GigaOM 3/30
  • "ETSI nano-SIM Vote Delayed Amid Standards Controversy" The Mac Observer 3/30
  • "Google Heightens Rivalry With iPad" [Paid Membership Required] 3/30
  • "Apple Updates iPad 4G Marketing Notices on Australian Site" The Next Web 3/30
  • "Amazon, iTunes scam nets British gang Madonna-like royalties" CBS News 3/30
  • "iPhone to be used for top secret info: The Australian government's peak adviser on information security has given the tick of approval for iPhones and iPads to be used for storing and communicating classified government information." Australian Associated Press 3/30
  • "Gang is jailed over Amazon and Apple upload fraud" The Inquirer 3/30
  • "With Tablet Plan, Google Goes After Apple and Amazon" New York Times 3/30
  • "From Apple to Zipcar, Auto Brands Hunt Millennials: Auto makers are deeply concerned that Millennials don't care about vehicles nearly as much as they do about the next iPhone. So the companies have become decidedly more intent on roping in these car-reluctant twenty-somethings." Forbes 3/30
  • "Is Windows Phone faster than an iPhone? Lumia challenge comes to London" Electricpig 3/30
  • "Apple Goes After, Domains" The Next Web 3/30
  • "Video: Chinese security guards clash at the great wall of Apple" Fortune 3/30
Non-Apple News
  • "Starboard Says AOL Has Delayed Annual Meeting" [Paid Membership Required] 3/30
  • "Yahoo Layoffs Set to Begin Next Week, Followed by Restructuring the Week After" AllThingsD 3/30
  • "Linux 'internet of things' gizmo ships: Ninja Blocks has begun shipping its eponymous Linux gadget designed to interact with sensors and automate your world." Register Hardware 3/30
  • "Battlefield 3 game update cripples PS3 users" TG Daily 3/30
  • "Dawn of Amazon's robot squad: Amazon's new business makes robots that can stock its warehouse shelves much faster than its human workers." New York Times 3/30
  • "Gnome 3.4 brings a bevy of big changes: New features include video calling and Windows Live online account integration" PCWorld 3/30
  • "Kelihos Botnet Still at Work, Security Experts Say" eWeek 3/30
  • "Nokia adopts Microsoft's 'Smoked by Windows' stunt" CNET News 3/30
  • "New Google Drive Leak Points To 5GB Of Free Storage, Release In Third Week Of April" TechCrunch 3/30
  • "Real-time traffic returns to Google Maps directions" MSNBC 3/30
  • "Google takes CAPTCHA security to the streets: An experiment with digital images from Street View aims to stymie CAPTCHA-resistant bots" InfoWorld 3/30
  • "Google planning online store to sell tablets" BBC 3/30
  • "RIM shares up as new CEO draws praise: Street stays bearish on BlackBerry maker, but likes Heins' approach" MarketWatch 3/30
  • "RIM: 'It's Going to Be an Absolute Gong Show for the Next Few Quarters'" AllThingsD 3/30
  • "RIM lost $54 million on four-day global BlackBerry outage" ZDNet 3/30
  • "A giant undersea cable makes the Internet a split-second faster" CNNMoney 3/30
  • "Original Prince Of Persia Source Code Found In Closet" Inside Mac Games 3/30
  • "RIM to give up" asymco 3/30
  • "Foxconn's investment in Sharp could eventually mean a Retina Display Apple HDTV" ZDNet 6:48 PM
  • "Mobile/Tablet Top Operating System Share Trend" [iOS maintains lead with 59.87%, but drops slightly from February] NetMarketshare 10:25 AM
  • "Mobile/Tablet Top Browser Share Trend" [Safari drops slightly, but continues to dominate with 60.54% share] NetMarketshare 10:24 AM
  • "Apple MacBook Pro with Ivy Bridge Chips to Go in for Mass Production in April" DeviceMAG 3/31
  • "Liquidmetal Technologies filing outlines its $20 million agreement with Apple" AppleInsider 3/31
  • "Third-generation iPad passes Taiwan certification, could see May debut" AppleInsider 3/31
  • "iPod Nano Touch: Extended and Smarter" Yanko Design 3/30
  • "Benchmarked: New iPad's A5X vs iPad 2's A5 vs Tegra 3" 9 to 5 Mac 3/30
  • "A New Apple Magnet Design Points to iPhone, Remote Control" Patently Apple 3/30
  • "Apple Files Trademark for New Mail/Calendar/SMS Combo Icon" Patently Apple 3/30
  • "Clever Waterproof iPhone Case Obsoleted By Software Update" Cult of Mac 3/30
  • "Q&A: MacFixIt Answers/Mac-related questions answered about external hard-drive permissions, multibooting, USB modems not working, and more." MacFixIt 3/30
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mind Puzzle For iPhone and iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:38 AM
  • "Ninja Gun Bros For iPhone and iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:38 AM
  • "Heroes vs Monsters For iPhone and iPad Is Free Today (Was $1.99)" Apple Sliced 9:38 AM
  • "PadGadget Daily App Deal – 7 iPad Apps on Sale" PadGadget 8:02 AM
  • "Word Ring For iPhone and iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" Apple Sliced 3/31
  • "Finger Shot RPG For iPhone and iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 3/31
  • "Ripple HD For iPhone and iPad Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 3/31
  • "PadGadget Daily App Deal – 13 iPad Apps on Sale" PadGadget 3/31
  • "Lens+ For iPhone Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $1.99)" Apple Sliced 3/30
  • "Dabble -The Fast Thinking Word Game For iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $1.99), iPhone Version Also Free" Apple Sliced 3/30
  • "Drawing with Carl For iPhone and iPad Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 3/30
  • "iPad (2012) Prices & Sales" MacPrices 3/30
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 3/30
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Deals" MacPrices 3/30
  • "PadGadget Daily App Deal – 21 iPad Apps on Sale" PadGadget 3/30

  • "Review: The new iPad (Verizon Wireless)" Examiner 7:43 PM
  • "New iPad Review: Digital Foundry vs. Apple's third generation tablet." Eurogamer 6:31 PM
  • "Verbatim Ergo Mouse review" AppleTell 6:46 PM
  • "Keeping Tabs: Apple's new iPad is out, but how does it stand in a tablet-savvy market?" Bangkok Post 3/31
  • "Review: Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD Projector turns your iOS device into a portable home movie theater" 9 to 5 Mac 3/31
  • "Video Review: The HiShop Roche2 Timao Bumper Case for iPhone 4/4s" Run Around Tech 3/31
  • "Apple Mac mini (Mid-2011) Core i5 2.3GHz review" PC Advisor 3/30
  • "New iPad brings a display like no other" Dallas Morning News [Paid Membership Required] 3/30
  • "IFixit, You Fix It With IMac Hard Drive Upgrade Kit" MacNews 3/30
  • "Weekend Reading: The Apple Experience by Carmine Gallo [excerpt] 9 to 5 Mac 3/30
  • "Audyssey's Lower East Side Audio Dock Air is a compact, good-sounding AirPlay speaker" Macworld 3/30
  • "FatCat's PowerBar: Portable Battery Charger With Style" The Mac Observer 3/30
  • "Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro 750GB is a speedy performer" Macworld 3/30
  • "Stay Connected With TP-Link's Nano WiFi Router" Wired 3/30
  • "Case lets you turn iPhone into scuba-diving camera: The TAT7 case supposedly lets you take your iPhone down to 100 feet to shoot photos and video. But there are some caveats." CNET News 3/30
  • "Incipio Inscribe Stylus review: Shorter than your typical pen, this stylus is a simple and effective combination of smooth black barrel and rubberised tip." Macworld UK 3/30
  • "iChic Gear Phantomus review: Stylus boasts the weight, shape and feel of a typical ball-point pen" Macworld UK 3/30
  • "Hip Street iPad 3rd Generation/iPad 2 Bluetooth Multimedia Aluminum Keyboard Case" MacPrices 3/30
  • "GreenSmart Baringo Messenger Mac Accessory Review" Macworld 3/30
  • "Griffin Reserve Battery Case: An attractive case with an extra battery to boost your iPhone's runtime." Register Hardware 3/30
  • "Epson WorkForce 845 offers speedy performance, sharp output" Macworld 3/30
  • "PhotoDealer Review: One great feature courtesy of this photography app, but otherwise it might be too basic for some users." 148Apps 3/30
  • "5 Ways To Have Fun Playing Cards Against Your Mac (can you beat a Mac?)" Mac 360 3/30
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "WritePad for iPad review" AppleTell 8:21 AM
  • "Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart' will haunt your iPad" AppleTell 6:46 PM
  • "Comics on the iPad: will the new iPad attract paper readers?" Ars Technica 6:48 PM
  • "Mad Magazine For iPad Now Available - It's Awfully Cheap!" App Advice 7:54 AM
  • "DishPal for iPad: delicious SNS underwhelms" Appolicious 6:32 PM
  • "Help Save The Planet In Mech Guardian" App Advice 6:48 PM
  • "Lost In Letters Is An Extreme Eye Workout" App Advice 6:48 PM
  • "TurboTax for iPad Was Better Than My Accountant" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3/31
  • "Review: VisualTalks – A New Way To Produce Animated Presentations On The Go" MacTrast 3/31
  • "This iPhone and Web App Helps You Find Stuff to Do" The Next Web 3/31
  • "Bloomsbury Dictionary of Computing and Other Specialist Dictionaries" eXtensions 3/30
  • "Hold the Solar System in your hands with Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe for iPad" iMore 3/30
  • "Experience Instagram better than ever with Gramory for iPhone" iMore 3/30
  • "Paper: Beautiful, Basic Drawing for the iPad" Techland 3/30
  • "Inspire Pro - Paint, Draw and Sketch Review" Macworld 3/30
  • "OmmWriter Dana distraction-free word processor gets an iPad version" AppleTell 3/30
  • "A Social Network Built for Two: A new app gives couples a private network to share texts, videos, and virtual kisses—and shows there's space for social innovation." Technology Review 3/30
  • "Connect by QuickOffice and Box OneCloud attack iPad file round-trip challenge" TUAW 3/30
  • "Barefoot World Atlas Review" Mac|Life 3/30
  • "MAD for the iPad: Just in time for April Fool's Day, the iconic humor magazine MAD gets its first dedicated iPad app." Download 3/30
  • "Appidemic: Ion Racer for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch" AppleTell 3/30
  • "The TouchArcade Show - 45 - Crystal Charge Level: MAXIMUM" Touch Arcade 3/30
  • "'Final Freeway 2R' Review - The 'OutRun' Homage that We've Been Waiting For (Review)" Touch Arcade 3/30
  • "Ion Racer Review: Ion Racer takes mission-driven progress and combines it with third-person racing to great effect." 148Apps 3/30
  • "Galactic Alliance 2 Review: More alien invaders must be stopped in this sci-fi tower defense sequel." 148Apps 3/30
  • "Paper by FiftyThree – Silky Smooth Drawing Experience" Apple'n'Apps 3/30
  • "Zaarly Review: Crowd sourcing help, assistance and items all through this community focused form of Craigslist." 148Apps 3/30
  • "Paper By FiftyThree Review: An utterly beautiful and inspiring way to draw and sketch." 148Apps 3/30
  • "A Few Tips For Improving AirPlay Mirroring" iSource 8:01 AM
  • "How to Jailbreak Your iPad 1 Using RedSn0w (Windows) [5.1] iClarified 7:55 AM
  • "How to Jailbreak Your iPad 1 Using RedSn0w (Mac) [5.1] iClarified 7:55 AM
  • "How to install aTV Flash (black) on the new Apple TV interface" iDownload Blog 3/31
  • "'Does It Matter Where I Purchase an iPad?'" Lifehacker 6:47 PM
  • "Wind Noise Messing With Your iLife? Check Out DeadCatDots" App Advice 3/31
  • "6 Tips to Improve Typing on the iPad" OS X Daily 3/31
  • "License music for your presentation" ["Are Macs a good buy?"] USA Today 3/31
  • "Replace carrier name with logo in iPhone status bar" Mac OS X Hints 3/30
  • "iOS Video Tip: Text Expansion In iOS 5" MacTrast 3/30
  • "Cassandra -Monday Review -It will soon be Friday" eXtensions 7:57 PM
  • "Switched On: Angry Nerds" Engadget 6:48 PM
  • "The Macalope Weekly Special Edition: Fools of the Year" Macworld 6:46 PM
  • "Dressing Up the iPhone's Dull Uniform: For some, fashion means a wardrobe makeover for spring. Then there are those for whom it means an elaborate neck tattoo." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 6:36 PM
  • "Why Will Keep Losing to Apple/ will never unseat Apple as the chief supplier of downloadable video content, at least not so long as alternatives to the Kindle Fire lack access to Amazon Instant Video." The Motley Fool 6:36 PM
  • "Apple boosts iAd revenue share for developers from 60% to 70%, here's a possible explanation" 9 to 5 Mac 10:29 AM
  • "Sirius XM: Competing With Apple And Google?" Seeking Alpha 7:56 AM
  • "Third-gen iPad raises a few red flags: The latest iPad is a good effort by any standard, but it begins to stray from the Jobsian design philosophy." CNET News 3/31
  • "Gartner: iPads Will Need 300% More Wifi [I Say Horse Pucky] iPadCTO 3/31
  • "Dr. Skinner, your birds are angry" 52 Tiger 3/31
  • "Screen Rage is the New Road Rage" Forbes 3/31
  • "MacOS KenDensed: The New Foxconn, Government Hacking & Nokia's SIM Hate" The Mac Observer 3/31
  • "The Macalope Weekly: Outlandish claims" Macworld 3/31
  • "Why Amazon can't win a tablet price war against Google: Google and Amazon are about to go to war for the future of non-iPad tablets. Here's why Amazon needs a new strategy." Computerworld 3/31
  • "How Do You Say Tim Cook In Mandarin Chinese?" Forbes 3/31
  • "NBC Universal Caught Using Infringing Graphic From Apple, Probably Won't Learn Anything" Techdirt 3/30
  • "Remains of the Day: Creme de la creme" Macworld 3/30
  • "Where have all the iPads gone? Apple pulls refurbs from store" FairerPlatform 3/30
  • "Apple's nonexistent iPhone naming scheme: Will next one be the iPhone 6, 5 or 4G?" ZDNet 3/30
  • "Apple Should be Careful What it Signs up For!" Forbes 3/30
  • "Apple Faces Brand New Challenge" Forbes 3/30
  • "The Macalope Daily: Full of win" Macworld [Insider Content] 3/30
  • "Macworld says the new iPad's screen is underrated" TUAW 3/30
  • "Retina Display Macs May Be Getting Closer" MacNews 3/30
  • "Is Apple really in half of US homes?" SlashGear 3/30
  • "Apple Patent Hints at iPhone's Hideous 3D Future" Gizmodo 3/30
  • "The Ground Beneath Apple's Walled Garden" TechCrunch 3/30
  • "Does Google earn more cash from Apple iPhone than Android?" Computerworld 3/30
  • "Foxconn Workers Express Concern Over Reduced Overtime" MacRumors 3/30
  • "FLA announces Foxconn results, Apple promises action" Mac.Blorge 3/30
  • "Foxconn fiasco not Apple's finest hour"  CNET News 3/30
  • "Roadkill: What Apple Is Doing To The Competition" PixoBebo 3/30
  • "The Internet Has Killed April Fools'" TechCrunch 9:26 PM
  • "Hot stuff, cold crap – shopping for your nerd gear in 2012" Gravitational Pull 9:30 AM
  • "Sony's accidental in-car iPod killer" The Globe and Mail [Free Registration Required] 3/31
  • "The Evolution of Facebook for Brands" Yahoo! News 3/30
  • "Why it's wrong to call copyright infringement 'theft'" GigaOM 3/30
  • "An Open Letter To the 5 Million Confused People Who Bought a Samsung Galaxy Note" Gizmodo 3/30
  • "Google, Facebook working to undermine Do Not Track privacy protections" AppleInsider 3/30
  • "Hey devs, Amazon apps can make almost as much as iOS apps" GigaOM 3/30
  • "Repeat after me: There is no perfect smartphone" ZDNet 3/30
  • "Firefox 11 review: Firefox has jumped the shark" ZDNet 3/30
  • "The Bureaucracy of Videogames: Why San Andreas Had to Tone Down the Sex" Wired 3/30
  • "What if Sony's So-Called 'PlayStation Orbis' Really Does Kill Used Games?" Techland 3/30
  • "'People expect privacy on Facebook and Twitter'" The Register 3/30
  • "HP Officejet 6700 Premium e-All-in-One review" PCWorld 3/30
  • "Will hacker group Anonymous bring down the Internet on 31 March? Will Operation Global Blackout go ahead this weekend, or is it all an elaborate April Fools' joke?" Computerworld UK 3/30
  • "E-mail Etiquette Part I: The End-of-Thread Dilemma" PC Magazine 3/30
  • "Red Hat's $1 billion proves value of software freedom" InfoWorld 3/30
  • "The Not-So-Hidden Risk of a Cloud Meltdown, and Why I'm Not So Worried" Wired 3/30
  • "Is it time to take the fight into the Clouds?" The Register 3/30
  • "6 Reasons To Use Multiple Cloud Providers: Music Mastermind, Coupa Software share why they turned to more than one cloud services supplier. Yes, you can mix and match Amazon and Rackspace." InformationWeek 3/30
  • "Video: The Most Insanely Important, Mind-Blowing Tech News of the Week" Techland 3/30
  • "Data Backup, Protection Plans Lacking Among Small Businesses: Mozy" eWeek 3/30
  • "Google Must Make Android Upgrade Worth Networks' While" BYTE 3/30
  • "Google Tablet: A very good thing done the right way" ZDNet 3/30
  • "Do We Need World Backup Day? March 31 is World Backup Day. Do we really need a day devoted to something that we should be doing every day? If we do, we should have a World Test Recovery Day, too." InformationWeek 3/30
  • "At last, broadband in the boonies, but at a price" CNET News 3/30
  • "Nokia? What Went Wrong This Week and Why?" [Video Report] TheStreet 3/30
  • "Can RIM Make a Comeback? The Word on the Web" PCWorld 3/30
  • "Cook, Zuckerberg, Chambers, Elop All In China: What Is It Telling Us?" Forbes 3/30
  • "Bye bye Blackberry, RIM concedes consumer space" Tech.Blorge 3/30
  • "If You Bought Steve Jobs: One Last Thing You'll Like Hitler: A Career, Says iTunes Genius" Gizmodo 7:45 PM
  • "Exclusive video: Is this the iPhone 5?" TUAW 6:47 PM
  • "New Leaked Image Reveals Apple's Cupertino Campus Could Double as Spacecraft" Inhabitat 6:35 PM
  • "Facebook Considers Adding The Hate Button" TechCrunch 2:25 PM
  • "April Fools 2012: We Ruin Every (Tech-Related) Joke On The Internets" TechCrunch 2:25 PM
  • "This Tiny Portfolio Case For iPod Nano is Awesome" The Next Web 10:51 AM
  • "Foxconn Plans New Iowa Plant, Will Hire 10% Of State's Population" TechCrunch 10:20 AM
  • "Arsegate: Does using the iPad cause hemorrhoids?" TUAW 10:09 AM
  • "Microsoft and Apple working on Secret Anti-Google Cloud OS" ghacks 8:26 AM
  • "Orbit your iPad into space with iSpaced" PRWeb 8:06 AM
  • "This Is the Only April Fools Product We Wish Were Real" Gizmodo 8:01 AM
  • "Cloud Computing Revealed as a Hoax: Amazon Kindle marketing associate says she made it up over lunch" Windows IT Pro 8:00 AM
  • "Conan O'Brien Buys Mashable, Ousts Pete Cashmore as CEO" Mashable 7:58 AM
  • "Gmail Tap Morse Code project announced" 9 to 5 Google 7:56 AM
  • "Friendly Friday - Apple to open Cupertino HQ to all: Prototypes to be available to view in Willy Wonka style factory visit" Macworld UK 7:55 AM
  • "Patent reveals iPhone translation via Siri: Babel fish-like translation is coming to the iPhone via Siri" Macworld UK 7:55 AM
  • "Apple drops 'thermonuclear' patent bombshell" The Register 7:49 AM
  • "Microsoft's Secret Weapon Could Destroy Apple's Siri" Minyanville 7:41 AM
  • "New iPad Opening Tool" iFixit 7:35 AM
  • "Google's first April Fool this year is brilliant: 'Maps 8-bit' for the NES" The Next Web 3/31
  • "Google Launches 8-bit Google Maps for NES. Brilliant" vernonchan 3/31
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "This Tweak For iOS Automatically Turns On Airplane Mode On iPhone When It's Placed Face Down" Redmond Pie 6:48 PM
  • "Team Meat Announces 'Super Meat Boy: The Game' for iOS" Touch Arcade 8:02 AM
  • "'DoubleDock' allows you to add up to 10 apps to your dock" iDownload Blog 8:00 AM
  • "123 Numbers Learning 1.0 released for iOS - Children's Educational Game" prMac 6:46 PM
  • "Dwayne Ferguson's Mutant ABCs to Land on Planet Earth" prMac 11:27 AM
  • "Combining a SmartPhone with a DSLR Camera" prMac 9:38 AM
  • "Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart Will Haunt Your iPad" prMac 7:44 AM
  • "Operatio Apps Releases Paint-On-3D Easter Eggs 2.0 for iPad" prMac 7:44 AM
  • "Space Robots, a new interactive storybook app by Ascend" prMac 7:44 AM
  • "Computech IT Services Ltd release Version 5.0 of BusinessMan CRM ERP" prMac 7:44 AM
  • "Operation: Eradicate Update with Retina iPad Graphics" prMac 7:44 AM
  • "Mercury Learning releases fifth flash card children's game for iPad" prMac 7:44 AM
  • "Applaud Releases Bugly Free for iPhone" prMac 7:42 AM
  • "85-Year Old Inventor Celebrates First App Launch With 'DABBLE'" RazorianFly 3/31
  • "Top 10 iPhone Word Games" Mashable 3/31
  • "10 AirPlay-Ready iPad Apps That Make Apple TV Worth It" ReadWriteWeb 3/31
  • "SMSNinja For iPhone Blocks Incoming SMS/MMS And Calls Using A Highly Effective Firewall" Redmond Pie 3/31
  • "Jailbreak 5.1 On iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Using Sn0wbreeze 2.9.3" Redmond Pie 3/31
  • "Evernote iOS app updated, now ready for the Retina display of new iPad" GadgeTell 3/31
  • "Tethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0 on Apple TV now available" AppleTell 3/31
  • "Get ready for Games of Thrones with these iPhone apps fit for a king" Appolicious 3/31
  • "The Most Challenging iPhone Puzzle Game Yet - Monsters In My Room" prMac 3/31
  • "iPhone App is Raising Money and Awareness for Students with Autism" prMac 3/31
  • "Cool New Word Search Game For Kids on iPad/iPhone" prMac 3/31
  • "drahtwerk releases iScreen 3 - Turns iOS Devices Into Wireless Screens" prMac 3/31
  • "Get All Questions Answered With Free Tarot Card Reading on iPad/iPhone" prMac 3/31
  • "Brain Battle Show Deluxe released for iOS - The intelligence TV Show" prMac 3/31
  • "April Fools' Day App/Add Broken Glass, Dents, Scratches to Car Photos" prMac 3/31
  • "Word Cracker - Put Vowels Back Where They Belong - New App by eoz games" prMac 3/31
  • "Ticker Quiz - A Unique Blend of Fun and Finance - New App by eoz games" prMac 3/31
  • "Tasks in Cloud 1.0 Free for iOS - Manage Notes, To-Do Lists, and Tasks" prMac 3/31
  • "Scared With Friends Now Available Exclusively on the Apple App Store" prMac 3/31
  • "Glow Worm 1.0 for iOS - Capture and Transport Bacteria in a Living Cell" prMac 3/31
  • "Appsonic Games Releases New iPhone Game Paintball Ninja" prMac 3/31
  • "Dream Sleuth is a hidden object game with the puzzles and original mini-games." Nevosoft 3/31
  • "Our Story Got Foursquare To Kill API Access To Creepy Stalking App Girls Around Me [Update: Facebook Responds] Cult of Mac 3/30
  • "OWC Wins 2012 Reader's Choice Award for 'Best Mac Peripheral Reseller'" Other World Computing 3/30
  • "Make Animated GIFs Anywhere with GifBoom" 148Apps 3/30
  • "OEM iPhone's 30-pin Dock Female to Regular Audio 3.5mm Plug Cable" USBfever 3/30
  • "Cassette Tape -Look Case for iPhone 4 / iPhone 4s" USBfever 3/30
  • "Rumor: New Facebook iPad App On The Way?" AppleBitch 3/30
  • "Jailbreak Only: Camera Grabber For iOS 5 - Available Now In The Cydia Store" App Advice 3/30
  • "Creepy iPhone Case Forces You to Interact with Siri" Mashable 3/30
  • "Sensational New Space Shooter for iOS - Endless War" prMac 3/30
  • "Kdan Launches Pocket Snapper - Virtual Studio and iModel for iPhone" prMac 3/30
  • "iHelpNYC releases Chem Pro for iPad" prMac 3/30
  • "The Window 1.0 for iOS - Soothing, Interactive, Bedtime Book for Kids" prMac 3/30
  • "Metaversal Studios: Updraft Jack 2.0 Released - Adds New Content" prMac 3/30
  • "60% off on great Montessori apps on Friday 30th March" prMac 3/30
  • "iSyslog HD - iOS System Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting for the iPad" prMac 3/30
  • "Dropage Leaps onto the iOS Platform" prMac 3/30
  • "Math Guardians - Arcade Fighting game for Math Training on iPad" prMac 3/30
  • "Apple Approves Infamous Horror Film Director's First App for iOS" prMac 3/30
  • "Vegetable Samurai 3D PRO 1.0 for iOS - Slice Many Veggies in One Stroke" prMac 3/30
  • "Picflick for iPad takes social photo sharing & storage to the next level" prMac 3/30
  • "Nyan Cat Adventure - Internet Phenomena Pop Tart Cat comes to iOS" prMac 3/30
  • "Jumbo Jets launches on iPad and Android devices" prMac 3/30
  • "Dot Lock Protection Free - Major Update" prMac 3/30
  • "Birdie 4.0 for iOS - Golf scoring on the iPhone gets even better" prMac 3/30
Computer Industry
  • "Five things Microsoft should fix in Windows 8 to prevent another 'Vista': New Microsoft OS Windows 8 has a lot of innovative features, but it also has a few fatal flaws" PCWorld 10:27 AM
  • "Microsoft Opens 'Windows' on Israel: Microsoft is increasing its focus on Israel and will send 25 of its senior officials to its Israel Research and Development center." Arutz Sheva 7: Israel 10:27 AM
  • "What the heck is XboxFL? Only Microsoft knows" Neowin 8:25 AM
  • "Internet Explorer Gains .99% in March: With a gain of .99% last month and a net gain of 1.2% global usage share over the last five months, Internet Explorer has stabilized and even reversed its usage share declines of the last few years." NetMarketshare 10:23 AM
  • "Why Amazon Gained 380% And Hewlett-Packard Lost 42% In The Past Five Years" Seeking Alpha 7:38 AM
  • "Giving new IBM CEO Ginni Rometty membership at Augusta National would help make women feel welcome in the sport of golf" New York Daily News 10:20 AM
  • "New CEO at IBM rekindles Augusta membership debate" Associated Press 10:21 AM
  • "Intel Is Still One Of Our Favorites: Updating Our Valuation" Seeking Alpha 7:38 AM
  • "Oracle Buys ClearTrial" Zawya 10:25 AM
  • "Microsoft's challenge to iPhones and Androids extended: Microsoft was due to end its 'Smoked By Windows Phone' challenge two days ago. Now it has extended the amusing, but occasionally controversial, promotion until April 5. It's time to prove yourself at your local Microsoft store." CNET News 3/31
  • "Microsoft extends 'Smoked by Windows Phone' challenge until April 5th" The Verge 3/31
  • "Stardock CEO: Windows 8 is 'schizophrenic'" MyCE 3/31
  • "These Mobile Ad Execs Have Already Decided That Windows Phone And Blackberry Are Dead" Business Insider 3/31
  • "Why EMC and Apple's Leaders Are Great, and Cisco and Microsoft's Aren't" The Motley Fool 3/31
  • "Cisco to Invest 1 Billion Reais in Rio Center, Estado Says" Bloomberg 3/31
  • "IPv6 networking: Bad news for small biz/You may not get fired for buying Cisco, but you can go bust" The Register 3/31
  • "HP Gaining good grounds in Mono AIO Laser Printers segment" itVARnews 3/31
  • "Rice University, IBM Partner to Bring First Blue Gene Supercomputer to Texas" The Financial 3/31
  • "California data devices missing, IBM, Iron Mountain had them" Associated Press 3/31
  • "Oracle Rejects Google's $3 Million Offer to Settle Patent Dispute" V3 3/31
  • "Micron agrees to settle Oracle suit" Bloomberg 3/31
  • "Qualcomm developing quad-core ARM chip for Windows 8 laptops" Liliputing 3/31
  • "Google Antitrust Investigation Nears Ending, Says European Commission" Social Barrel 3/31
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Is Apple Due For A Breather?" Forbes 10:30 AM
  • "Wall Street raised its Apple estimates 24.4% in 90 days" Fortune 3/30
  • "Apple Will Displace Exxon Mobil As America's Most Profitable Company" Seeking Alpha 3/30
  • "Apple And 'The Boy In The Plastic Bubble'" Seeking Alpha 3/30
Industry News
  • "Techs slip, but Nasdaq ends quarter up 19%: RIM rises after announcing management, board changes" MarketWatch 3/30
  • "U.S. stock market's rise leaves many behind: Index-based ETFs a factor in reduced trading volume" MarketWatch 3/30
  • "U.S. stocks notch best first quarter since 1998: In first quarter, Dow gains 8.1%, Nasdaq Composite up nearly 19%" MarketWatch 3/30
  • "S&P 500 Posts Biggest First-Quarter Gain Since 1998" Bloomberg 3/30
  • "Wall Street Climbs Amid Mixed Data, EU News" FOXBusiness 3/30
  • "Stocks Post Best First Quarter Since 1998" TheStreet 3/30
  • "Stocks end spectacular quarter: U.S. stocks closed mixed Friday, with the Dow and S&P 500 ending their best first quarter in over a decade, as investors weighed a report on consumer spending and a boost in the eurozone bailout fund." CNNMoney 3/30
  • "Stocks Add 66 Points, Post First-Quarter Record" [Paid Membership Required] 3/30
  • "Canadian stocks set to snap loss streak; RIM gains" MarketWatch 3/30
  • "Asian Markets Rise" [Paid Membership Required] 3/30
  • "Asian stock markets muted after Japanese data shows industrial output falling on export slump" Associated Press [Free Registration Required] 3/30
  • "Asia Markets: Asia stocks dip on last day of strong quarter" MarketWatch 3/30
  • "Europe Stocks End Strong Quarter With Gains" [Paid Membership Required] 3/30
  • "Stocks rebound as euro finance ministers bolster bailout fund to $1.1 trillion: Stock markets recovered some ground Friday after sharp losses this week, as finance ministers from the 17 euro countries agreed to increase the amount of money available for any future financial bailouts." Associated Press [Free Registration Required] 3/30
  • "Europe Markets: Europe stocks rally after firewall increase/In first quarter, Stoxx 600 gains 7.7%, but Spain's IBEX 35 sinks 6.5%" MarketWatch 3/30
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 3/30
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at 1 p.m." Associated Press 3/30
  • "Final Glance: Computer companies shares mixed at the close of trading" Associated Press 3/30
  • "5 Chip Stocks J.P. Morgan Likes" TheStreet 3/30

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