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2:50 PM 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 …
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Apple iPad pre-order comes with bugs
Discussion: AppleInsider and Computerworld
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Rolls Out iBooks Feature Page  —  iBooks Application in Landscape Orientation  —  Apple has augmented its iPad “Features” section with a new page devoted to its iBooks application.  Initially available only in the U.S., the iBooks application will be available in the App Store once …
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple's iPad Will Read Books Out Loud, Support Free E-Books
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 …
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.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad ‘Mute’ button magically turns into ‘screen rotation lock’  —  The iPad is magic!  That was then, this is now!  Voilà!!  —  Another new fun fact: the iPad can also play Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
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 …
Sandra Zaragoza / Portfolio:
Startups Flock to SXSW  —  After Twitter's big debut at Austin's South by Southwest in 2007, others hope to follow their footsteps with launches at the festival.  —  Many entrepreneurs are looking at South by Southwest as an opportunity to launch their businesses.  —  1 of 2 NEXT
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Tom Ziegler / Brainstorm Tech:
SXSW's location-tagging smackdown
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Index Invests $25 Million in Sonos (Plus a Video Interview with VC Mike Volpi)  —  Earlier this week, BoomTown had lunch with Michelangelo “Mike” Volpi, the high-profile tech exec who turned into a venture capitalist recently at Index Ventures.  —  We also did a video interview (see below) …
Discussion: VentureBeat, paidContent and TechCrunch
Taylor Buley / The Firewall:
Netflix Settles Privacy Lawsuit, Cancels Prize Sequel  —  On Friday, Netflix announced on its corporate blog that it has settled a lawsuit related to its Netflix Prize, a $1 million contest that challenged machine learning experts to use Netflix's data to produce better recommendations than the movie giant could serve up themselves.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Vodafone's Wayfinder is first victim of free smartphone navigation services  —  Back in January 2009, as Vodafone was preparing to close a £20 million ($30 million) deal to buy Swedish mapmaker Wayfinder, it was seen as a bold move from a carrier intent on entering the apparently lucrative market for location based services.
Discussion: mocoNews and GPS Obsessed
Business Wire:
ESPN Mobile TV Launches on Sprint TV  —  Fans Can Watch Live Professional and College Games on Their Sprint Mobile Devices  —  OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & BRISTOL, Conn.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—ESPN and Sprint (NYSE: S) are teaming up to give Sprint customers the ultimate sports experience …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Brightkite's Sneaky Plan To Get Regular Users Into Location: Group Text  —  Brightkite is tricky.  Tricky and smart.  —  While larger than most of their location-based rivals with over 2 million users, they know that in the past year they've lost some momentum to the newer check-in services like Foursquare and Gowalla.
Discussion: Business Wire and Brightkite Blog
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.
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.
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 …
Kirk Ladendorf / Statesman Business Blog:
Facebook says it's ready to hire in Austin  —  Facebook Inc. officially announced Friday that it is starting an online service operation in Austin that could be in operation by early May.  —  Company officials said Facebook would begin posting Austin jobs on its Web site today at facebook.com/careers.
Discussion: KVUE-TV
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
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 …
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 …
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: Daring Fireball and TeleRead
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.
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
HootSuite acquires developer Swift App to bolster its Android efforts
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Zee / The Next Web:
Wibiya Launches Integration with Cooliris, Twitter Lists …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amidst Controversy Storm, Kwedit Reveals Repayment Rate Already At 26%
BBC:
Tweeting ‘fundamental’ in life
Discussion: The Register
 Earlier Items: 
Gillian Reagan / The Wire:
Hearst Pumps Out 70 iPhone Apps To Bring In The Money
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and mocoNews
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Six Apart's Berkowitz Joins WolframAlpha
Christopher Dawson / Googling Google:
Is the Apps Marketplace just playing catchup to Microsoft?