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2:00 AM ET, February 21, 2011

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Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Google May Kill Chrome URL Bar  —  Google is working on a “major” overhaul of its Chrome browser user interface (UI).  Among the options on the table is the elimination of the URL bar, which could be the most significant UI change to the web browser since its invention.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple stops selling MacBook Pros until the refresh  —  You can no longer get your hands on a MacBook Pro from the Apple online store until after the refresh expected to be on Thursday this week.  Apple's got a 3-5 day wait on new MacBook Pros which puts them right about on schedule.
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Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
The one big reason why iPad rivals can't compete on price  —  Takeaway: The biggest disappointment of nearly every promising competitor to the Apple iPad has been the price tag.  Learn the one trump card that allows Apple to out-price rival tablets.  —  The mass invasion of Apple iPad competitors has begun.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Examiner
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom up for in-store pre-order at Best Buy, $800 for Thursday availability  —  No more stunt prices, no more premature web appearances, this (we hope) is finally Best Buy's fully official listing for the Motorola Xoom.  It brings no great surprises to those who've been tracking …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs gave Russian President an AT&T iPhone, still locked  —  A somewhat humorous note from our Russian readers this morning.  Apparently, the iPhone that Steve Jobs gave to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was, and still is locked to AT&T. Woops!  A translated Tweet from his assistant, above tells the tale.
Discussion: Pulse2, RazorianFly and MobileWhack
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Engadget loses its second editor in two days: Ross Miller resigns  —  Engadget will be saying farewell to its second editor in the space of a week after its Associate Editor Ross Miller announced he was to leave the popular technology website after five years of service with Weblogs, Inc.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DST About To Lead Huge Spotify Funding  —  European streaming music startup Spotify is in the process of closing a very large financing, say multiple sources.  DST, the venture firm that has backed Facebook, Groupon and Zynga, is said to be leading the deal, which values Spotify at around $1 billion.
Arn / MacRumors:
Could the iPad 2 Be Getting Light Peak?  —  After reading the report that Apple is planning to introduce its new Light Peak-based high speed interconnect technology “soon”, it struck us that Light Peak could help explain some particularly incongruous rumors we've been hearing about the iPad 2 over the past few months.
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
New high-speed connection tech due from Apple
Marco.org:
Verizon iPhone selling mostly to existing iPhone owners?  —  Instapaper's App Store rank is very stable.  It's almost always between #2 and #5 in the paid News categories on iPhone and iPad, and usually around #90-110 in the top-paid iPad category.  —  Since my ranks rarely change significantly …
Discussion: MacStories
Michael DeGusta / The Business Insider:
The REAL Death Of The Music Industry  —  In January, Bain & Company produced the following chart as part of their report on “Publishing in the Digital Age” (PDF):  —  Then on Tuesday, someone posted it on Flickr.  Subsequently, Peter Kafka of Wall Street Journal's MediaMemo noticed …
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Kindle e-book piracy accelerates  —  Several months ago I set up a Google alert for my book, “Knife Music,” to keep abreast of anything anybody was saying—good or bad—about the thing.  Over the months I've received news of the occasional blog post and tweets, but more recently I popped open …
Discussion: TeleRead
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Evgeny Morozov / Wall Street Journal:
Smart Dictators Don't Quash the Internet
Discussion: @malcolmmoore and Security Watch
 
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
TV Industry Taps Social Media to Keep Viewers' Attention
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