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10:10 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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Zee / The Next Web:
Kindle for the iPad Now Available in the App Store.  Puts Standard Kindle To Shame.  —  Kindle for the iPad is now available to download and my isn't it pretty.  —  I don't own a Kindle but from what I've seen of the standard Kindle it puts it to shame.  How you can even compare …
Chris G / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Available on iPad
Discussion: Boing Boing, Techland and 901am
Iain Dodsworth / TweetDeck's posterous:
TweetDeck for iPad
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
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
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
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.
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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Ex-Googler Falls Prey to Wonderful Privacy Flaw of Google Buzz  —  This is a fun story.  —  Andrew McLaughlin, formerly Google's top lobbyist and currently the deputy CTO in the White House, where he advises President Barack Obama on Internet policy, apparently was aghast to find his contacts exposed by Google Buzz.
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Apple's iPad: One Small Step for Tablets, One Giant Leap for Personal Computers  —  $500  —  apple.com  —  Apple's iPad: One Small Step for Tablets, One Giant Leap for Personal Computers  —  On the eve of the launch of Apple's iPad, I am thinking of Ed Roberts.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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 …
Mark Hachman / Gearlog:
Best Buy: Some Answers to Your iPad Questions  —  Best Buy has provided a few answers to questions regarding how it will sell the Apple iPad on Saturday.  —  Best Buy required a few days to check out the responses with its “business partners” after we sent in our questions on Monday- including Apple, I imagine.
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileContentToday
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 …
Jonah Jones / Google LatLong:
A new look for Google Transit maps  —  At the beginning of last year, the Google Maps team launched the Transit Layer, showing the layout of public transportation networks on top of the map in over 50 cities worldwide.  Since then, we have grown our coverage to nearly 450 cities and added …
Discussion: The Next Web
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Publishing's last hope  —  Commentary: Old media is expecting too much from the iPad  —  BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Print media seem to be pinning a lot of hopes on the iPad.  —  In addition to creating a fantastic media promotional blitz to jack up the public for the iPad …
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog and Gawker
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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Annalee Newitz / io9:
5 Ways The Google Book Settlement Will Change The Future of Reading
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Omar Shahine / The Windows Blog:
Privacy is not dead  —  In the past six months we've seen …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon hopes to bring 3D programming to FiOS TV customers by year-end 2010
Eric Kuhn / CNN:
White House is iPad ready
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
How the Email Inbox Can Become An App Platform
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Inside the iPad: Apple's A4 processor
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Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Sharp develops 3D LCD screen for mobile gadgets
Discussion: Electronista and Akihabara News
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Apple Reveals Next Steps in Cool Video Headset Project
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