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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple iPad Review: Laptop Killer?  Pretty Close  —  For the past week or so, I have been testing a sleek, light, silver-and-black tablet computer called an iPad.  After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential …
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David Pogue / New York Times:
Reviews: Love It or Not?  Looking at iPad From 2 Angles  —  In 10 years of reviewing tech products for The New York Times, I've never seen a product as polarizing as Apple's iPad, which arrives in stores on Saturday.  —  “This device is laughably absurd,” goes a typical remark on a tech blog's comments board.
Stephen Fry / Time:
The iPad Launch: Can Steve Jobs Do It Again?  —  It is a gorgeous spring day when I arrive at the coolest address in the universe: 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, Calif., where Apple has been headquartered since 1993.  The campus, for such they call it, is enormous yet not big enough to contain Apple's current rate of expansion.
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Verdict is in on Apple iPad: It's a winner  —  Months of speculation, feverish lust, an überhyped prize that could disrupt the status quo of computing.  You wouldn't be the first person to compare the run-up to Saturday's arrival of the iPad to the prelaunch mania that surrounded the iPhone.
Tim Gideon / PC Magazine:
Apple iPad (Wi-Fi)  —  RATINGS  —  After it was announced back in January, the unfortunately named Apple iPad ($699 direct, 64GB Wi-Fi) seemed like it could be the company's first major clunker in a long time: An expensive niche product that would inhabit a nebulous region between laptops and smartphones …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, MacRumors, TUAW and MacDailyNews
Reuters:   Special Report: iPad striptease: It's what's inside that counts
Trevor Sheridan / App Advice:
Exclusive : It's Official - Netflix Streaming on the iPad  —  Netflix is a free app for the iPad that will be available on launch April 3rd.  If you're a netflix subscriber you can watch instantly anything in Netflix's online collection directly on your iPad.  You can stream TV shows and movies just like you would on your computer.
TechCrunch:
April Fools 2010: The Definitive List  —  It's time for April Fools 2010!  We're constantly updating this page with new April Fools jokes as we find them.  If you spot a good one please leave it in the comments.  Thanks!  —  Google Wave  —  Google announced Google Wave wave notifications for Google Wave.
New York Times:
Successes (and Some Growing Pains) at Hulu  —  Hulu, the popular and free online video hub, has some things to celebrate as it heads into its third year.  —  The site, a venture of NBC Universal, the News Corporation and the Walt Disney Company, has been profitable for two quarters …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon Mobile Hotspot on webOS devices now free, Pre Plus and Pixi Plus fall to $49.99 and $29.99  —  Whoa, we didn't see this one coming: Verizon just slashed the cost of its 3G Mobile Hotspot feature for the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus all the way down to $, effectively giving you a broadband modem …
Serenity Caldwell / Macworld:
Apple reveals its list of ‘iPad-ready’ Websites  —  If we weren't amidst the feeding frenzy of iPad hype before, we definitely are now.  The reviews are out, confirmations have been sent, and new apps are popping up every day (not to mention accessories).  But maybe you're not interested …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
WSJ: CBS bringing free HTML5-encoded TV shows to the iPad, ABC plans detailed  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that ABC and CBS are hard at work adapting episodes of their TV shows for the iPad, with both set to offer streamable programming to new slate owners immediately upon launch.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Tegra 2 “serious issues” delaying Notion Ink, ICD & Compal tablets [Updated]  —  Bad news if you've been avoiding iPad hype and holding out for a tablet based on NVIDIA's second-gen Tegra chipset.  We've just heard from a trusted source that all projects based on the new Tegra chip have been delayed …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon: Time To Cut Kindle To $149, Piper's Munster Says  —  With the Apple (AAPL) iPad getting glowing reviews with sales scheduled to launch Saturday morning, the Street is getting increasingly nervous about the impact the device is going to have on sales of the Amazon.com (AMZN) Kindle e-book reader.
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Facebook duo's fight with founder  —  The two Americans who were awarded millions of dollars after claiming they had come up with the idea for Facebook say their legal battle isn't over.  —  Cameron and Tyler Winkelvoss studied at Harvard University alongside Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, where they started a site called ConnectU.
Discussion: All Facebook
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Ex Bebo President Shields Joins Facebook As Sales VP  —  After former Bebo president Joanna Shields left last May ahead of the dismantling of her AOL (NYSE: AOL) People Networks division, she teamed with TV producer Shine Group CEO Elisabeth Murdoch to create a social content company.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Wolfram Alpha Admits Mistake: Mobile Site is Back; iPhone App Down from $50 to $1.99  —  Once upon a time, Wolfram Alpha tried to charge $50 for its iPhone app while, at the same time, offering a free iPhone-optimized mobile site.  Then, the company shut down the mobile site of its “computational knowledge engine” altogether.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Brand New Look for Yahoo! Sports Search and News Search  —  We are unveiling a new look for Yahoo! Sports Search and News Search today, featuring a new layout, handy new filtering tools, related search suggestions and rich results that help you find what you're looking for quickly and seamlessly.
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
HP and Dell to reduce investment for 10-inch netbook, say sources  —  Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell have both significantly reduced their investments in the 10-inch netbook segment, with HP reportedly even considering quitting the 10-inch netbook market and turning its focus …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
A Treasure Trove of Steve Jobs Stories  —  Yesterday we asked readers about their run-ins with Steve Jobs, and they delivered.  The Apple CEO is quietly ubiquitous, seen from Palo Alton to SoHo, from Whole Foods to French cafés, a shaggy-dressing crazy driver who's kind to strangers.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Expanding Its Retail Business: Next Stores In Denver And San Diego (MSFT, AAPL)  —  Microsoft's retail operations, launched last fall, are apparently doing well enough for the company to continue investing in more stores.  Microsoft is preparing to open its next two stores in Denver and San Diego …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
What's Google planning for Chrome 5?  —  After a year and a half, Chrome has come a long way toward matching the features better established browsers had.  Now, with the upcoming version 5 now coming together, a lot of Google work focuses on advancing the state of the browser art.
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
Data sifted from Facebook wiped after legal threats  —  Legal threats from Facebook have led to the destruction of a social science dataset about to be released to researchers.  —  Lawyers from the social networking site contacted Pete Warden, an entrepreneur based in Boulder, Colorado …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Mobile Phone Becomes Self-Aware: Introducing Nokia's Mobile Bots  —  Despite the heavy press coverage of smartphone operating systems like iPhone and Android, sometimes the most intriguing mobile innovations come from other companies.  Case in point: Nokia's newly released “bots” for its Nokia N97 line of handsets.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Yahoo India to Move Over 200 Search Engineers to Microsoft  —  Yahoo India has started the transfer to Microsoft of engineers working in the area of search and search advertising.  The transfer is part of Microsoft's deal with Yahoo by which the software maker's Bing search engine will be used …
 
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Exclusive: iPad App Store Video Walkthrough - Showcasing Over 700 iPad Only Apps
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Mia / YouTube Blog:
New video page launches for all users
 

 
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