How Apple Made ‘Vertical Integration’ Hot Again — Too Hot, Maybe

Vertical integration dictates that one company controls the end product as well as its component parts. Apple has been wildly successful through vertical integration, bringing it back in style. But will the model work for other tech firms?

VW is winning in Europe – and nearly everywhere else

FORTUNE — As Europe wallows in economic doldrums, at least one native son is thriving. Germany’s Volkswagen AG, which has its sights set on becoming the world’s top auto firm before the decade is out, is making headway. Across a broad range of businesses, the company’s aggressive expansion plans are bearing fruit and the Greek dynamics of the firm’s controlling families have settled down. The woes of its global rivals haven’t hurt, either.

Chinese microbloggers bemoan identity disclosure rule

BEIJING (Reuters) – Living in one of the world’s most heavily censored societies, Wang Yong enjoys anonymously venting his daily frustrations, 140 characters at a time, via China’s version of Twitter, but new government restrictions are making him think twice.

North Korea’s plan for rocket launch stirs regional concern

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Friday it will launch a long-range rocket carrying a “working” satellite to mark the centenary of founder Kim Il-sung’s birth next month, sparking regional condemnation that it was in breach of a U.N. resolution.

Indonesian Pay-TV operator reinitiates $400 mln IPO plan-sources

JAKARTA, March 9 (Reuters) – PT MNC Skyvision,
Indonesia’s largest pay TV provider, has reinitiated a plan to
raise $300-$400 million via an initial public offering in June
after it scrapped the plan…

3rd Generation iPad Launches Around the World

The 3rd Generation iPad continues to launch around the world to long lines in many locations. The iPad is launching in ten countries including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK.

Paris was the most impressive line photo we received. This photo at approximately 10pm local time showed hundreds lined up at Apple’s Store in Paris. (Thanks Matthew)

Houston’s new Highland Village Apple Store is being unveiled overnight just in time for the iPad 3 launch. (Thanks Matthew)

The U.S. got an early launch at Wal-Mart stores which started selling at 12:01 AM local time. From the few reports we received, lines and stock were relatively small. (Thanks Lee)

Finally, despite launch day availability, there are scalpers in Hong Kong already, looking to take advantage of any short supply. (Thanks Andy)

Those who pre-ordered the new iPad early enough should start receiving them on Friday. The new iPad will also be available in Apple Retail, Wal-Mart as well as Verizon and AT&T stores.