Tech Today: iPad 3 set for March 7th, BTTF Hover Board official

Plus: Samsung unconcerned by Apple iTV, Google's Moto buy-out approved

In Monday's late-breaking tech news, we've got a proposed iPad 3 launch date, while Mattel is making dreams come true by launching a 'movie authentic' Back to the Future Hover Board

iPad 3 launch event to be held on March 7th?
Last week came reports that the iPad would be unveiled sometime during the first week in March, and now tablet fanciers have a date to pin their hopes on. Apple news site iMore reckons Apple's top bods will take to the stage on Wednesday March 7th to unveil the long-awaited third generation iPad.
Link: iMore

Mattel to release replica Back to the Future Hoverboard in 2012
For over 20 years, the Mattel Hover Board featured in Back to the Future parts II and III have been the most wanted gadget never to exist. Now Mattel has revealed it is producing 'movie authentic' official replicas for movie obsessives to own. The Hover Board won't actually hover, but will glide across most surfaces. Mattel says to watch out for the full hovering version in 2015! Oh, and it won't work on water, naturally.
Link: MattyCollect

Samsung to launch 55-inch OLED in UK this spring
The glorious 55-inch 'Super' OLED TV announced by Samsung during CES 2012 is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful televisions we've ever seen and now reports suggest that it'll be available to buy on UK shores sometime this spring. CNET has received confirmation from Samsung that the pencil thin, active 3D, Smart TV-enabled set will be here before summer rolls around.
Link: CNET

Google's Motorola buy-out moves a step closer
Regulatory bodies in the EU and the US have both approved Google's proposed $12.5bn acquisition of smartphone giant Motorola, which was first announced in August last year. Google was warned by the EU commission not to abuse the patents it will acquire from Moto by unlawfully applying them to Android devices.
Link: TechRadar

Samsung unconcerned by potential Apple iTV rival
A TV product manger at Samsung has gone out on a limb and said that ultimately TV buyers only care about picture quality rather than how smart the set can be. Chris Mosely told Pocket-Lint: "TVs are ultimately about picture quality. Ultimately. How smart they are...great, but let's face it that's a secondary consideration. The ultimate is about picture quality and there is no way that anyone, new or old, can come along this year or next year and beat us on picture quality."
Link: Pocket-Lint