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Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. We’re keeping our eyes on six particular stories of interest today.

iPad 3 To Launch in Early 2012 [REPORT]

Apple is beginning to assemble components for the next-generation iPad, set to launch in early 2012, anonymous sources have told the WSJ.

HP To Discontinue WebOS, TouchPad

After confirming that it is looking into spinning off its PC business, Hewlett-Packard made a more shocking announcement Thursday: It is going to “discontinue operations for webOS devices” and its just-launched tablet, the HP TouchPad.

Foursquare: Now You Can Check Into Events

Foursquare has launched a feature that allows users to check into events, thus sanctioning users’ natural Foursquare behavior.

Apple in Talks With China Mobile [REPORT]

Executives at China Mobile have allegedly had meetings with Steve Jobs about bringing the iPhone to the world’s largest mobile operator.


Apple Cracks Down on Knockoffs in New York

In an ongoing battle against trademark infringement, Apple has filed a lawsuit against two sellers of knockoff Apple accessories based in the New York City neighborhood of Flushing, Queens, according to documents unsealed Thursday in Brooklyn federal court.

Google+ Hangouts Can Now Be Initiated From YouTube

Users can now initiate a Google+ Hangout from the “Share” dropdown of any video on YouTube.

Further News

  • Google has updated Google Maps with a weather layer that provides users with current weather conditions and five-day forecasts for locales all around the world.
  • The Concise Oxford English Dictionary has added 400 words to its dictionary, including retweet, woot, sexting and cyberbullying.
  • AT&T is getting rid of a text messaging plan that allows subscribers to send and receive 1,000 messages for $10 per month.
  • IBM has received $21 million in funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a series of experimental computer chips that emulate the human brain.
  • The cult classic The Big Lebowski is now available to rent on Facebook.
  • Reader’s Digest is now available on the iPad.
  • Sony has unveiled a set of binoculars capable of capturing 7.1-megapixel still images and 1080 HD videos in either 2D or 3D.

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