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11:30 AM ET, March 12, 2010

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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple limits iPad preorders to two per customer  —  Apple on Friday began accepting preorders for its multimedia iPad — both the Wi-Fi and 3G models — with reservations limited to two per customer and free hardware delivery on the April 3 launch date.  —  The iPad starts at $499 for the 16GB model with only Wi-Fi.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Details iPad 3G Service Sign-Up and Management  —  With today's launch of iPad pre-orders in the U.S., Apple has also released additional information about the device and associated services.  While 3G-capable models of the iPad will not be available until late April …
Discussion: Macworld, 9 to 5 Mac and iLounge
Kelli B. Grant / SmartMoney:
Should You Pre-Order an iPad?  —  OWNING A CUTTING-EDGE gadget has a certain cool factor, but early adopters rarely get a great deal.  Some observers say Apple's (AAPL) new iPad, available to pre-order Friday for an April 3 release, isn't likely to be an exception — though there will probably …
Dan Peterson / Google Wave Developer Blog:
Introducing the Google Wave Extensions Gallery  —  We've just rolled out an initial version of our extensions gallery: simply look for “Extensions” in the navigation panel of Google Wave.  The gallery is intended to make it easier for users to discover the fun and useful extensions you all are building with the Google Wave APIs.
Go Rumors:
Qualcomm's Multi-Fold Device Can Replace Your iPad And iPhone  —  In digital media circles, there are traditionally three screens for user consumption : the TV, mobile phone and desktop.  This conventionality is seen to be the primary reason why manufacturers were not comfortable in developing …
AdAge:
Is Voice-Based Bubbly the New Twitter?  —  Service Takes Off in India With Zero Marketing; Brazil and Japan Are Next  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In India, thousands of consumers are going from tweeting to bubbling.  —  A hot new social-networking service dubbed Bubbly …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Apple's future won't be brought to you by the letter ‘i’  —  Apple has been dealt a severe blow having been told that it no longer has a monopoly on the letter “i” as part of the name for its products.  —  A trademarks tribunal has knocked back Apple's bid to stop a small company from trademarking …
Discussion: Macsimum News
Lucie Morillon / Reporters Without Borders:
Web 2.0 versus Control 2.0  —  The fight for free access to information is being played out to an ever greater extent on the Internet.  The emerging general trend is that a growing number of countries are attemptimg to tighten their control of the Net, but at the same time …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Video: Rupert Murdoch Loves the iPad, Hates Search  —  Rupert Murdoch, the legendary founder of News Corp., has always had a love-hate relationship with the digital world.  Sometimes (read: during the bubbles) he loves it.  Sometimes (read: during advertising recessions) he hates it.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Andreessen's not-so-hot idea for publishers  —  Marc Andreessen had a really good idea when he invented the first popular browser for the web, but his latest notion - that newspapers should walk away from a business grossing more than $30 billion a year - is just plain nutty.
Discussion: TeleRead, HipMojo.com and Silicon Valley Watcher, Thanks:atul
Reuters:
Nokia, Apple seek patent trial in 2 years  —  (Reuters) - Top phone makers Nokia and Apple will seek a U.S. court hearing in a key patent battle in mid-2012, a court filing showed, raising the specter of a prolonged legal struggle.  —  Handset leader Nokia sued iPhone maker Apple last October …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
What's Happening—and Where?  —  Every day, millions of tweets are created.  These little bursts of information are about anything and everything—they make Twitter a hub for discovering what's happening right now, anywhere in the world.  A recent burst of interest in location sharing applications …
Gillian Reagan / The Wire:
Hearst Pumps Out 70 iPhone Apps To Bring In The Money  —  Hearst's LMK division is pumping out dozens of cheap iPhone apps to bring in a new revenue stream, the Wall Street Journal reports.  —  Lead by executive vice president of Hearst Entertainment George Kliavkoff, LMK's five-person team uses …
Lauren Weinstein / Lauren Weinstein's Blog:
Why I'm Skeptical of the FCC's Call for User Broadband Testing  —  Greetings.  The FCC has issued a call for Internet users to test their broadband connections and report the results back to the FCC for analysis.  —  After inspecting the associated site and testing tools …
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Reinhardt Krause / IBD Click:
FCC Makes It Easy To Test Broadband Connections
Discussion: Computerworld, AppScout and BoomTown
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Plastic Logic Says Que E-Reader Delayed  —  Plastic Logic, the maker of an e-reader targeting business users, told customers on Thursday that it would delay the delivery of its first Que readers until the summer.  The company had said at the Consumer Electronics Show in January that the device would be delivered in mid-April.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Instant Ads Set the Pace on the Web  —  Time is now on the side of online advertisers.  —  Advertisers have been able to direct online messages based on demographics, income and even location, but one element has been largely missing until recently: immediacy.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amidst Controversy Storm, Kwedit Reveals Repayment Rate Already At 26%  —  Kwedit, the innovative and suddenly controversial payments platform for virtual goods, is releasing some early data.  —  The service lets users promise to pay later in lieu of a direct credit card payment …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Overdoing the interface metaphor  —  We're often told that we should design our websites and software to mimic real-life objects.  The iPhone strengthened this idiom, and Apple has been driving this home hard for the iPad.  —  But it's not absolute, and it's not always the best idea.
Discussion: TeleRead
Derek Kerton / Techdirt:
Skype Deliberately Crippling Functionality of iPhone and WinMo and Verizon Apps?  —  There's something anti-competitive afoot in the ‘VoIP over 3G’ space this year.  Let me run you through a timeline, and see if you can't spot the dirty pool:  — Skype has had a highly functional VoIP client …
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Why Google Android is winning  —  The global smartphone market is still RIM's to lose, with Apple in the pole position to profit from its mistakes.  But new ComScore data on the U.S. smartphone market suggest that both should be worried by what they see in their rear-view mirrors:
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Chinese minister insists Google obey the law  —  BEIJING - China's top Internet regulator insisted Friday that Google must obey its laws or “pay the consequences,” giving no sign of a possible compromise in their dispute over censorship and hacking.  —  “If you want to do something …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Six Apart's Berkowitz Joins WolframAlpha  —  A big name addition to WolframAlpha's executive team.  Barak Berkowitz, who headed blogging firm Six Apart until he left two-and-a-half years ago, is joining the search startup as managing director tasked with leading the “growth of WolframAlpha's business.”
BBC:
Tweets ‘fundamental to democracy’  —  THE INTERVIEW  —  Social networks will become the fundamental way we communicate with our governments, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams has told the BBC.  —  He said that Twitter will be expanding into regions where only the simplest of technology is available …
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Nexus One confirmed to only be sold online, (and to feature HTC Sense?)  —  Far be it from us to say we told you so, but, well, we told you so.  Here's confirmation, plain and simple, that the Google Nexus One on Verizon will not be sold in stores and instead will only be available at google.com/phone …
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Mozilla begins testing Account Manager for Firefox to simplify web logins  —  Mozilla's developers are busily crafting all kinds of features for future versions of Firefox — Jetpack's no-restart add-on functionality,out of process plugins, a bigger, badder JavaScript engine.
Zee / The Next Web:
Wibiya Launches Integration with Cooliris, Twitter Lists, Facebook Fan Pages, Backtype and More.  —  As you know, we've been a fan of Wibiya's for some time.  We were fortunate to be one of the first to test the toolbar (found at the bottom of this site) and are happy to say we still remain faithful users.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google tweaking Buzz to declutter Gmail in-box  —  Google Buzz reminds me of what they say about the weather in a lot of places I've lived: if you don't like it, wait five minutes.  —  Those who wrote off Google's social networking tool as an annoying source of clutter should take note of some efforts to reform that aspect of Buzz.
Discussion: Google Watch, Thanks:steverubel
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
For The Trifecta: MSNBC Extends Its BreakingNews Brand To Facebook
Discussion: paidContent
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Believe Digital's digital music distribution service Zimbalam opens in the US
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Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Microdata support for Rich Snippets
Christopher Dawson / Googling Google:
Is the Apps Marketplace just playing catchup to Microsoft?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
President Obama Discusses Three Strikes Anti-Piracy Law
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Airline Twitter promotion attracts huge crowds
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South by Southwest: A Virtual Playground in Austin
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
The Mouse That Roared: Turning to the Internet to Catch a Favorite TV Show
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Verizon Wireless' tech chief says unlimited Internet access …
Business Week:
Revenge of the Cable Guys
Weldon Dodd / TheAppleBlog:
App Store SEO: The Impact of iTunes Web Preview
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JooJoo hits the FCC, reveals NVIDIA Ion, 3G card
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