By JP Mangalindan
February 29, 2012

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* Yes, folks, the day many have been waiting for is fast approaching: Apple AAPL is set to unveil the iPad 3 next Wednesday, March 7. At this point, it’s almost certain the newest tablet will feature a Retina-like display, one with nearly double the resolution of its predecessors, however what else the iPad 3 will be packing is anyone’s guess. Fortune will be covering the event and serving up all those juicy tech specifications as they come.

* HP HPQ is laying off 275 employees from its webOS division. It seems the company “no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before.” (The Verge)

* The future according to Google GOOG chairman Eric Schmidt. (Silicon Filter)

* Why Windows 8 may be Microsoft’s most important product launch in years. (GigaOm)

* Groupon acquired the social travel research startup Uptake. (All Things D)

* Critically-acclaimed music streaming startup Mog is reportedly for sale. (CNET)

* Sony’s recently-launched PlayStation Vita portable gaming system has sold more than 1.2 million units worldwide. (VentureBeat)

* Five of the biggest trends at this years Mobile World Congress include quad-core processors, bigger screens, and in some cases, cheaper smartphone prices. (InfoWorld)

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