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9:45 AM ET, March 5, 2010

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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
iPad to be released on April 3, pre-orders on March 12  —  You'll have to make do with this until April  —  Get thee to the clickery!  The iPad is hitting the streets on April 3 and you can start pre-ordering on March 12.  —  As far as we can tell there was no real “delay” here, per se.
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Natalie Harrison / Apple:
iPad Available in US on April 3  —  Apple® today announced that its magical and revolutionary iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models.  In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France …
Ckindel / Charlie Kindel on Windows Phone Development:
Different Means Better with the new Windows Phone Developer Experience  —  In just over a week we (finally!) get to pull the cover off of the Windows Phone application & game developer experience at MIX10.  There, through keynotes and more than 12 technical sessions over 3 days, we will …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Microsoft talks Windows Phone 7 Series development ahead of GDC: Silverlight, XNA, and no backward compatibility  —  Microsoft is keen on unveiling the meat of its developer story around Windows Phone 7 Series at MIX10 in less than two weeks, but with GDC coming up next week …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
First Shots of Microsoft's Secret Project Pink Phone  —  These are the first photos of Microsoft's Project Pink phones, snatched from deep within the bowels of the Microsoft/Verizon industrio-complex —not the Turtle, but the larger, Sidekick-like Pure.  This doesn't look like Windows Phone 7, so what is it?
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Wall Street Journal:
Sony Gadgets Take Aim at Apple  —  Threatened by Apple Inc.'s growing stable of portable devices, Sony Corp. is developing a new lineup of handheld products, including a smart phone capable of downloading and playing videogames, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Sony's Comeback Plan Includes PlayStation Smartphone  —  The long-rumored Sony (NYSE: SNE) Playstation phone is now becoming a reality.  —  Sony is developing a new lineup of handheld products, including a smartphone that would be capable of downloading and playing PlayStation games …
Discussion: Digits and Phones Review
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Popular Science Puts Entire Scanned Archive Online, Free  —  Gadget nerds: Prepare to lose the rest of your day to awesomeness.  PopSci, the web-wing of Popular Science magazine, has scanned its entire 137-year archive and put it online for you to read, absolutely free.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
Google's Android Favoritism Punishes Users and Partners  —  First it was Google Maps Navigation (Beta), which at first brought free spoken turn-by-turn directions to only the Motorola Droid (and later devices running OS 1.6 and up).  Then came Google Buzz for mobile, the controversial social …
The Tor Project / Google Open Source Blog:
Google and the Tor Project  —  When it comes to code, Google's support has made a big difference to the Tor Project.  Providing privacy and helping to circumvent censorship online is a challenge that keeps our software developers and volunteers very busy.  The Google Summer …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Fired ‘Call of Duty’ developers sue Activision for more than $36 million [Updated]  —  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has led to legal warfare at Activision.  —  Jason West and Vince Zampella, the former heads of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare development studio Infinity Ward, who were fired on Monday …
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Will StatusNet Be Another Open-Source Star in the Enterprise?  —  What a week for StatusNet, the open-source, microblogging service that serves as the foundation for identi.ca, one of the first services to emerge as a focal player in the movement around the real-time Web.
Discussion: StatusNet
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Clicker Redesigns Its Online Video Guide  —  When Viacom announced this week that it would pull “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” from Hulu, the popular video hosting site, many online video viewers were understandably upset.  Even though the videos won't disappear from the Internet …
Discussion: Clicker Blog, 901am and building43
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Launches Auto-Captions For All Videos  —  I'm here at YouTube's office in San Bruno, where the company is holding a press conference to discuss the launch of auto-captions.  YouTube Director of Product Management Hunter Walk kicked off the event by discussing some of YouTube's goals through …
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Ballmer: Microsoft ‘Betting Our Company’ On The Cloud  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is still most closely associated with its desktop software (Windows, Office etc.), but on Thursday CEO Steve Ballmer said Microsoft was “betting our company” on the cloud.  About 70 percent of Microsoft employees …
Robin Wauters / MobileCrunch:
Adobe releases Photoshop.com Mobile editor for Android developers  —  Adobe this morning announced that third-party developers now have access to the Photoshop.com Mobile for Android 1.1 editor, allowing them to make it a part of their applications.  —  The news comes four months …
Yelp Official Blog:
Different Day, Different Lawyer, Same Meritless Claim: A Classic Race to the Courthouse  —  As many folks know, a lawsuit was filed against Yelp last week alleging we move reviews around to reward advertisers and punish non-advertisers.  Of course, we don't.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Roger Ebert Makes Pay Play: The Ebert Club  —  Roger Ebert thrives on the web.  Now he'd like to get paid for it but not by blocking access to the site or its 10,000-review archive.  Instead the Chicago Sun-Times movie critic — a master blogger and tweeter — is going the value-added route …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Techdirt
Craig Mod:
Books in the Age of the iPad  —  Books in the Age of the iPad  —  Print is dead.  Digital is surging.  Everyone is confused.  A collections of thoughts on the future of books in the context of the iPad.
Discussion: TeleRead, CrunchGear and Daring Fireball, Thanks:atul
Erica Yen / DigiTimes:
Apple iPad may delay transition to SSD, say hard drive makers  —  The appearance of Apple's iPad may create tight supply of NAND flash and delay the transition to solid-state drives (SSD) in PCs, according to sources from hard drive makers.  —  Apple, which has enjoyed success with its iPods and iPhones …
Ciara Byrne / VentureBeat:
GestureTek to let you interact with images projected from your phone  —  Late last year, LG launched a phone with an optional projector attachment that lets you project images from the phone to a larger surface.  Now, Canadian company GestureTek says it'll go one better …
Tom Downey / New York Times:
China's Cyberposse  —  The short video made its way around China's Web in early 2006, passed on through file sharing and recommended in chat rooms.  It opens with a middle-aged Asian woman dressed in a leopard-print blouse, knee-length black skirt, stockings and silver stilettos standing next to a riverbank.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
China's Twitter Clones  —  The popularity of Twitter has produced a number of clones in China, just as there are Facebook clones.  Some of China's Twitter clones have been closed down by the Chinese government, but some have survived.  We take a look at both cases in this post.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Viacom vs. Google court fight heats up  —  The copyright fight being waged by Viacom against Google will move into a crucial stage on Friday.  —  According to documents filed with federal court on Thursday, both companies are expected to file motions for summary judgment …
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Ubisoft's Uber DRM Cracked Within a Day
Discussion: PC World, Techdirt and TechSpot
Dan Goodin / The Register:
‘Severe’ OpenSSL vuln busts public key crypto
Discussion: Darknet, Thanks:atul
Globe and Mail:
Amazon looks to boost literary presence
Discussion: TechFlash
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
MOG preps a mobile app for SXSW showdown with Spotify
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Eye Tracking Study: Users Largely Blind To Real-Time Results In Search
Discussion: BoomTown and Fast Company
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Obama's CIO ready to bring government tech up to speed
Discussion: PC World and Seattle 2.0
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mac Developer license falls to $99/year, Mac App Store coming?
Discussion: TiPb, AppleInsider and Macworld
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
White House Cyber Czar: ‘There Is No Cyberwar’
Discussion: Guardian and CNET News
Kelsey Munro / Stuff.co.nz:
How Google became the indispensable frenemy
Mia / YouTube Blog:
New Default Size for Embedded Videos
Discussion: TechLifeWeb
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
First web copyright crackdown coming
Discussion: TeleRead
Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth / Facebook Engineering's Notes:
Working with Zuck  —  I get asked often what it is like to work …