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3:45 PM ET, April 4, 2010


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John Boudreau / Mercury News:
An estimated 700,000 iPads bought on day one - plus a Steve Jobs sighting in Palo Alto  —  The iPad arrived in Silicon Valley Saturday with the usual Apple flourish: stores perfectly prepped for fired-up fans, some of whom waited in lines throughout the night to get their hands on the highly coveted tablet.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Analyst: Apple sold 600-700 thousand iPads the first day  —  We don't know for sure exactly how many iPads Apple had available to sell on Saturday, but one analyst says the number beat his previous expectations.  —  Piper Jaffray Senior Research Analyst, Gene Munster, on Saturday …
iPad jailbroken in a single day  —  iPhone Dev-Team member MuscleNerd revealed this afternoon that he has already managed to jailbreak the iPad after just a day of sales.  The crack is a variation on the same “Spirit” jailbreak recently used to de-restrict iPhone 3.1.3 and, like the earlier technique …
Kevin / Strange Attractor:
iPad app pricing: A last act of insanity by delusional content companies  —  Looking at the iPad app rollout, you can easily separate the digital wheat from the chaff in the content industries, and you can see those who are developing digital businesses and those who are trying to protect print margins …
Discussion: Techdirt and broadstuff
Rafat Ali / mocoNews:
iPad Day One: Charts Show Big Media Mostly Playing in Free Apps, Not Paid  —  So day one of iPad launch almost over—though West Coast's still in full swing—no estimates on how many iPads have sold, but it is instructive to see how the charts for iPad apps are doing.
Discussion: Gizmodo and AdAge
Philip Lam / iPadInsider:
Apple iPad Dropped and Tortured  —  Here's the Story: Apparently, YouTube user THISisCaSpEr bought all three models of the WiFi iPad at a Best Buy at Pittsburgh today.  And he decided that smashing the $500 iPad with a baseball bat was “fun”.  —  Though pointless, the video reveals …
Larry Magid / CBS News:
iPad Keeps Up with Columnist's Speedy Typing  —  Larry Magid: Apple's iPad Leans on Peripherals, Software if Company Truly Wants New Multimedia Tablet to Replace Laptops  —  (CBS) I wrote almost this entire column using an iPad, which partially answered my biggest question about the device: Can it replace a laptop PC?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
The iPad's charging challenge explained  —  Anyone taking possession of a shiny new iPad this weekend may have noticed an odd message when connecting their gadget to some computers or USB chargers: the words Not charging in the iPad's menu bar.  We experienced the same issue during our initial testing …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Start-Ups, Not Bailouts  —  Here's my fun fact for the day, provided courtesy of Robert Litan, who directs research at the Kauffman Foundation, which specializes in promoting innovation in America: “Between 1980 and 2005, virtually all net new jobs created in the U.S. were created by firms that were 5 years old or less,” said Litan.
Discussion: A VC
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
E-Books on the iPad: iBooks vs. Kindle for iPad  —  Ever since Steve Jobs first announced iBooks for the iPad, pundits have been wondering about the future of the Kindle and similar e-book readers in the face of this new competition.  Now that we actually have access to an iPad …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The App Store Now Has Over 3,000 iPad Apps, Only 20 Percent Are Free  —  With iPad app frenzy in full force, the App Store is growing by the minute as iPad apps are being approved.  Early this morning, Mobile ad exchange Mobclix tallied the number of apps and the breakdown between paid and free apps in the store.
Adam Gorlick / Stanford News:
Web and mobile apps come under review on new Stanford site  —  Stanford Law School's M. Ryan Calo helps launch a new site that's a little bit Yelp, a little bit Wikipedia and a little bit Consumer Reports, to help people figure out just how safe some apps are.  —  About to download a new application to your smartphone?
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The iPad is for Porn  —  Mainstream media companies …
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