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5:00 PM ET, April 2, 2010

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Meet the iPad's best-selling apps  —  Apple has already posted its “Top Charts” for a tablet computer that hasn't been released  —  Nobody knows yet what applications the people who buy iPads will want to load on their new machines — for that we'll have to wait until Saturday, when the device goes on sale.
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Gizmodo's Essential iPad Apps  —  The iPad App Store is open!  Here are the best of the apps so far—the ones you'll actually want when you finally get your iPad.  —  You might notice a few things about these apps: A lot of them are iPhone carryovers, and a lot of them cost more than you might be used to in the App Store economy.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Here comes a flood of iPad games  —  For all the talk about the Apple iPad as a cool e-book reader, I'd like to remind everyone that the most popular of the 150,000 apps in the AppStore are games.  I would wager that games are going to be the most popular app on the iPad, which has the big screen to do gaming right.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
WSJ iPad subscription officially $17.29 per month — is Murdoch insane?  —  So we now have the official price for the WSJ iPad app subscription: $3.99 per week with a monthly credit card charge of $17.29.  For that you get subscriber-only content areas such as Business and Markets with access …
Iain Dodsworth / TweetDeck's posterous:
TweetDeck for iPad  —  Apart from, how do I get one of these, my first thought as I watched the iPad being revealed was that TweetDeck was MADE for this device (or should that be this device was made for TweetDeck...unlikely).  —  TweetDeck's raison d'être, its reason for being …
Chris G / The Official Netflix Blog:   Netflix Available on iPad
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Loopt Pulse Bets That Location On The iPad Is About Planning
Punit Soni / Google Mobile Blog:
Google services on the iPad and tablet computers  —  Here at Google we're really excited about the promise of tablet computers, which will be great for browsing the web and using apps.  We've been working hard to optimize our services for the new format - larger touchscreens, increased portability …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Google Launches iPad-Optimized Gmail Web App
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Why I won't buy an iPad (and think you shouldn't, either)  —  I've spent ten years now on Boing Boing, finding cool things that people have done and made and writing about them.  Most of the really exciting stuff hasn't come from big corporations with enormous budgets, it's come from experimentalist amateurs.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Online Video Hosting Platform Episodic  —  Google has acquired Episodic an online video hosting platform, according to a blog post on the startup's site.  Google has confirmed the acquisition.  We are told that Episodic's technology will be folded into YouTube …
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Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:   Google's Episodic buy could make YouTube ready for its closeup
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Buys Up Divvyshot To Make Facebook Photos Even Better  —  Facebook just bought up Divvyshot, a Y Combinator-backed startup that launched last March.  Divvyshot was in the midst of raising an angel round when Facebook swept in with a better offer.  The amount of the acquisition is not being disclosed, but it was likely small.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel holding off new ultra-thin notebook CPUs  —  Intel has recently decided to hold off the launch of new ultra-thin notebook processors until the third quarter as Acer has halted the production of its ultra-thin notebooks and has turned to work on its new Calpella-based TimelineX ultra-thin notebooks …
iFixit:
iPad FCC Teardown  —  The FCC was kind enough to show the internals of the iPad before it was released!  View as slideshow Teardown Warning Teardown Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.  In Progress In Progress This guide is currently being written.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
FCC iPad Images Reveal Broadcom Chip, Apple A4, Toshiba Flash Memory
Discussion: Engadget
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Appears to Have Acquired Intrinsity [Updated]  —  In February, we profiled Intrinsity, a company made up of former Exponential Technology employees that was gaining attention for its efforts to speed up ARM CPU designs.  Intrinsity had cooperated with Samsung to announce …
Discussion: EDN, Electronista and Edible Apple
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 is the new name, ‘Series’ gets voted off island  —  Regardless of how you feel about Microsoft's rejuvenated mobile push this year, hatred of the “Windows Phone 7 Series” moniker has been nearly universal — it's too long, it trips you up every time you try to say it (seriously …
iSuppli:
iPad Sales to Hit 7 Million in 2010 and Triple by 2012  —  The iPad's attractive design, compelling applications and multi-touch capability, key components of Apple Inc.'s past successes, will help to offset the initial omission of Adobe Flash from the device and send demand soaring in 2010 and beyond …
Electronista:
New Moto Droid ads challenge iPhone's “app for that” spots  —  Verizon late Thursday rolled out a pair of new Motorola Droid ads that take a direct shot at the iPhone (seen below).  The 30-second spots show a robot picking apps out of a giant sphere and showing their features much like Apple's own “there's an app for that” ads.
Discussion: Geekword, Phone Arena and IntoMobile
Tesuji Games:
2-D Graphics Slowdown After Motorola Droid 2.1 Update  —  Tesuji Games is nearing the release of its first “mobile toy” for the Android platform.  Since the primary development phone around here is the Motorola Droid, I was excited to see Verizon begin rolling out the upgrade to Android 2.1 this week.
Cliff Kuang / Fast Company:
Twitter Predicts Box-Office Sales Better Than a Prediction Market [Updated]  —  Researchers at HP Labs discover that Twitter can predict, with astonishing accuracy, how well a movie will sell.  —  We've all got the vague intuition that Twitter allows you track, in real-time, what people are concerned about or obsessed with.
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Upgrade your netbook to Windows Home 7 Premium for $50 starting next week  —  Almost every netbook that ships with Windows 7 comes with the crippled Windows 7 Starter Edition.  Users can't use Aero Glass desktop effects or even change the desktop background.
New York Times:
Cost and Redundancy Issues Confront iPad  —  If the much-promoted iPad is going to be a mainstream consumer hit, Apple is going to have to change the minds of people like Jon Byron.  —  Mr. Byron, a 54-year-old banker from Connecticut, emerged from the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals Next Steps in Cool Video Headset Project  —  We first learned of Apple's Head Mounted Display R&D project nearly two years ago to the month.  Our first report titled Apple Preparing a Cool iPod Visual Head-Display System covered their preliminary work on their laser based …
Discussion: SlashGear and 9 to 5 Mac
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
The mathematical formula for how celebrity gossip spreads on the internet
Discussion: CNET News and Telegraph
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
IPad Q&A with leaders of Twitter, Craigslist, Time, Sequoia …
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
The New Inner Circle of Steve Jobs
Discussion: blogs.chron.com, jd/adobe, The Hive and BetaNews, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
We Just Tested Twitter's @anywhere Platform (Screenshots)
Discussion: louisgray.com and VentureBeat