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8:10 PM ET, April 2, 2010

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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.  —  This guide will be updated this weekend, since apps are stilling flowing in by the hundred.
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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.
Chris G / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Available on iPad  —  Hi, this is Bill Holmes, VP of Business Development and tomorrow is the day many of you have been waiting for . . . the iPad will be available.  I am thrilled to announce that you will be able to instantly watch TV episodes and movies streamed from Netflix on iPad!
Discussion: Techland and 901am
Zee / The Next Web:
Kindle for the iPad Now Available in the App Store.  Puts Standard Kindle To Shame.
Discussion: Macworld and Mashable!
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Meet the iPad's best-selling apps
Joseph Tartakoff / mocoNews:
How Long Will It Take iPad App Prices To Drop?
Iain Dodsworth / TweetDeck's posterous:
TweetDeck for 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 …
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Lifehacker:
How to Use Gmail's Attractive New Tablet-Friendly Interface …
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Kids Are All Right  —  Here's a bit from Cory Doctorow's piece today against the iPad (and the overall state of Apple product design): … Such is the march of progress. 40 years ago you could open the hood of your car and see and touch just about every component in there.
Discussion: Out of the Box and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
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
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.
Ian Paul / PC World:
Apple iPad's iBooks vs Amazon's Kindle  —  Apple's iPad launches on Saturday, and among its many functions, one that analysts are looking at right now is its e-reading capability.  In fact, some analysts and critics are wondering if Amazon's Kindle will be under threat once Cupertino's new tablet device launches on April 3.
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 …
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 …
Peter Burrows / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Won't Make Office for IPad, Says Google Is No Software Threat  —  Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, has no plans to make a version of its Office suite of programs to run on Apple Inc.'s iPad, said Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft's business division.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Whole Foods working to curb Facebook-based scam  —  Don't become a fan of this, Whole Foods says: it's a scam.  —  Upscale grocery conglomerate Whole Foods Market said Friday that it is continuing to clamp down on a series of Facebook-based scams that entice users with a purported $500 gift card …
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
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 …
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.
 
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Mark Hachman / Gearlog:
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Discussion: Against Monopoly and Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
Omar Shahine / The Windows Blog:
Privacy is not dead  —  In the past six months we've seen …
Eric Kuhn / CNN:
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Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Sharp develops 3D LCD screen for mobile gadgets
Discussion: eWeek and Electronista
Daily Mail:
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Discussion: CNET News and Telegraph
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals Next Steps in Cool Video Headset Project
Discussion: SlashGear and 9 to 5 Mac