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7:30 PM ET, February 7, 2010


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Apple iPad Hoopla Fails to Convince Buyers  —  A follow-up Retrevo Pulse study looking at consumer interest in buying the new Apple iPad indicates a failure to convince any new buyers to consider the iPad.  Not only did Apple fail to convince new buyers, it may have lost many potential buyers …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's Hard iPad Sell  —  Apple will need to convince consumers that they need an iPad.  However, failure to do so wouldn't be a disaster for the company  —  With the introduction of the iPad, Apple's (AAPL) status as a cultural icon reached new heights.
Brandon Miniman /
Exclusive HTC Incredible Photos (Update: Video)  —  We were just handed some leaked photos of the upcoming Verizon HTC Incredible.  The device is running on Android 2.1 with HTC Sense, and as our tipster confirms, it's running with a Snapdragon CPU (and is described as “fast, really fast") …
Fred / A VC:
Flash, HTML5, and Mobile Apps  —  About a year ago, I wrote a post about Apple's “blind spot” for Flash.  I took more heat for that post than anything else I've written here other than political posts.  It opened my eyes to the fact that Flash vs HTML5 is one of the most politically heated topics in the tech business.
Jeremy Allaire / TechCrunch:
The Future of Web Content - HTML5, Flash & Mobile Apps
Discussion: TechCrunchIT, jd/adobe, TUAW and TiPb, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Beth Mellor / Bloomberg:
SAP's Chief Executive Apotheker Resigns, McDermott, Snabe Named Co-CEOs  —  Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) — SAP AG, the world's biggest maker of business-management software, said Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker has resigned with immediate effect and will be replaced by Bill McDermott …
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Super Bowl Sunday: The Biggest Day in Sports and Advertising  —  Super Bowl XLIV.  Of all the events on the American sports landscape, this is the most important game of the year.  —  Kickoff is at 6:25pm ET in Miami, where the AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts will meet the NFC Champion New Orleans Saints to decide the NFL Champion.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Pepsi Has Already Won by Avoiding The Superbowl  —  When it comes to the football side of Superbowl XLIV, everyone knows that today's matchup pits the New Orleans Saints against the Indianapolis Colts.  But there's another side to the NFL game that is just as competitive and just as expensive …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Updated: Google to Air “Search Stories” Ad During Super Bowl...
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Buy Now, Pay Later (Maybe With Your Allowance)  —  BUSINESSES don't let 13-year-olds pay for purchases with a promise.  At least they didn't before last week.  —  A new payment option for anyone without a credit card or a debit card, no matter how young, has just become available.
Discussion: Kindle Review
Agence France Presse:
Internet down in Iran ahead of demos  —  Buzz up!  —  TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran said on Sunday its Internet connections will remain slow this week due to technical problems, ahead of anticipated protests by opposition supporters.  —  Connections have been slow since last week and some email accounts …
Discussion: The Next Web and Mashable!
Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker:
Twitter Reactions Shows What the Twitterverse is Saying About That Web Page  —  Chrome: If you've ever wanted to see what people are saying about a web page you're visiting beyond the site's own comments, Chrome extension Twitter Reactions will show you the most recent tweets that are talking about the page.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Appeals Court Says Internet Content Should Be Held To Standards Of Strictest Jurisdiction  —  One of the issues we've talked about repeatedly over the years is the question of what is the “internet jurisdiction.”  Since content is available anywhere there's an internet connection, under which laws should it apply.
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