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3:50 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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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 …
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.
Iain Dodsworth / TweetDeck's posterous:
TweetDeck for iPad
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Time Inc.'s Tablet Push Starts With Time Mag App At $4.99 An Issue
Discussion: Download Squad
Chris G / The Official Netflix Blog:   Netflix Available on iPad
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 …
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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Episodic:
Episodic Joins Google  —  Episodic joins Google!  We are thrilled to announce that Episodic has been acquired by Google.  The entire Episodic team is extremely excited about this new partnership and what it means for our customers and the evolution of online video.
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:   Google's Episodic buy could make YouTube ready for its closeup
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.
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 …
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 …
Joseph Tartakoff / mocoNews:
How Long Will It Take iPad App Prices To Drop?  —  Take a look at the just-made-public iPad apps in the iTunes store and what stands out are the prices of many of the apps.  Scrabble on the iPad?  $9.99 versus $2.99 on the iPhone.  Tetris?  $7.99 instead of $4.99.  Hangman?  Yes, Hangman!
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 …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Inside the iPad: Apple's A4 processor  —  Apple raised eyebrows during the original iPad unveiling when it casually noted that the new device would be using a new, Apple-designed System on a Chip processor named the A4.  While Apple's first chip represents a new era for the hardware maker …
Discussion: MacRumors and EDN
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 and Phone Arena
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.
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.
Peter Farago / Flurry:
iPad Developer Support Continues to Soar  —  Flurry regularly monitors new project starts by developers within its system to gauge interest across mobile platforms.  With over 20,000 apps started by developers within Flurry, we believe this provides meaningful insight on the platforms …
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
The New Inner Circle of Steve Jobs  —  Apple's marketing strategy for a new product (like the iPad) works something like this:  —  Phase 1 - Steve Jobs will announce the product in an “invite-only” event weeks before the product is actually due for shipping.
Discussion: blogs.chron.com, jd/adobe, The Hive and BetaNews, Thanks:atul
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.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Ustream to Bring Live Video to iPad  —  The iPad application race is on.  Among the thousands of applications expected to find their way into the App Store for Saturday's device launch is Ustream, the popular service for live video.  —  The company plans to bring its Ustream Viewer app to the iPad …
Thomas Morgan / AdAge:
TV Works on the Web, but TV Advertising Won't  —  Will TV Everywhere Simply Become an Extension of TV Advertising?  Let's Hope Not  —  As the vision of TV Everywhere comes to market, there are significant pressures on both broadcast and cable networks to close the “parity gap” …
Boy Genius Report:
AT&T Palm Pre Plus unboxing!  —  Like you thought we wouldn't get our hands on it first... We've just scored some awesome unboxing photos of the AT&T Palm Pre Plus, and well, it's a Palm Pre Plus on AT&T. Our connect says it's identical to the Verizon Wireless unit as far as they can tell …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Free TV on the iPad: Lots of “Lost,” but No “CSI,” “Simpsons” or “30 Rock”  —  Want to watch free TV shows on your iPad?  Hope you like ABC's programs.  —  The network is the only one of the four broadcasters offering much programming on Apple's device at launch Saturday.
 
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Gmail Blog:
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
IPad Q&A with leaders of Twitter, Craigslist, Time, Sequoia …
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