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8:40 AM ET, April 3, 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 …
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.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Buying an iPad Day Zero: The Survival Guide  —  You didn't preorder an iPad.  But you want one now.  Can you still buy one?  Where do you go?  What's it going to be like?  This is what you need to know to buy an iPad tomorrow.  —  Are there gonna iPads for people who didn't preorder?  —  Yes.
Discussion: MobileContentToday
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Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
Robert Scoble is first in line to get an iPad - again  —  Almost three years ago, I was driving up University Avenue and stopped to grab a coffee at the Peet's Coffee across the Palo Alto store.  It was 9AM and Robert Scoble and his son Patrick had just arrived to wait in line for their iPhones (as memorized by this post).
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.
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, Moonwatcher and Kotaku, Thanks:atul
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Why I won't buy an iPad (and think you shouldn't, either)
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
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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: Techdirt and Gawker
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Danny O'Brien / Danny O'Brien's Oblomovka:
cd-roms and ipads  —  Watching that $14 Elements demo for the iPad reminded me again of the throwaway line that geeks of a certain age make of the iPad — that it all seems a bit CD-ROM.  —  For those of you blessed with senile amnesia or youth, CD-ROMs were the first wave of “interactive media” …
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
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
Did Apple drop PA Semi for Intrinsity to create the A4?  —  News today is that Apple has purchased another processor company called Intrinsity.  Apple purchased PA Semi two years ago for almost a quarter of a billion dollars.  The Intrinsity news was broken by EDN but followup work by MacRumors seems to have confirmed the purchase.
Discussion: Go Rumors
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
An open letter to the people of the world  —  First of all, you're welcome.  In the last few days I've been overwhelmed by your letters and calls expressing your gratitude to Apple, and mostly to me personally, for inventing yet another life-changing, mind-altering product.
Serenity Caldwell / Macworld:
NBC reevaluating streaming TV episodes to iPad  —  PEOPLE WHO READ THIS ALSO READ:  —  This weekend, developers, consumers, and companies will finally get entry to the iPad party.  Unfortunately, there are still those uninterested in the affair—we've already seen companies like Random House hesitate.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
H. Edward Roberts, PC Pioneer, Dies at 68  —  Not many people in the computer world remembered H. Edward Roberts, not after he walked away from the industry more than three decades ago to become a country doctor in Georgia.  Bill Gates remembered him, though.
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.
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.
 
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Steven Levy / Wired News:
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