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3:35 PM ET, February 22, 2011

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Apple to Unveil iPad 2 on March 2 in San Francisco  —  To those who care intensely about this kind of stuff-which would be pretty much everyone in the tech ecosystem-Apple will hold its much-anticipated event on March 2, where the tech giant seems poised to unveil a new version of its hugely successful iPad …
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Rumors of iPad 2, iPhone 5 delays are not true  —  The Internet is buzzing this morning with separate rumors that Apple's iPad 2 and iPhone 5 will be delayed.  The fact is, neither rumor is true.  —  From what I've heard this morning both products are on schedule and will ship when they are supposed to.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple schedules secret retail employee meeting this weekend [u]  —  Apple has asked its retail employees to sign non-disclosure agreements ahead of an all-hands meeting likely to be held later this week, AppleInsider has been told [updated with new details].
Reuters:
Apple falls on iPad launch delay speculation  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc shares fell 2.4 percent after a brokerage firm said the next version of its iPad tablet computer will be delayed as maker Hon Hai faces production bottlenecks due to the device's new design.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Amazon launches Prime Instant Video, unlimited streaming for Prime subscribers  —  We heard it was coming and now here it is.  Amazon has flipped the switch on its “free” video streaming for Prime members, the service we've been hearing about for the past month or so.
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Amazon Prime Instant Video hands-on  —  Amazon has just turned on its Prime Instant Video service, letting paid Prime subscribers (sorry, students) in the US (sorry, foreigners) stream any of 5,000 movies and TV shows directly to their machines free of charge — well, free beyond the $79 Primers already pay.
Discussion: Mashable!
Amazon.com:
Amazon Prime Members Now Get Unlimited, Commercial-free, Instant Streaming of More Than 5,000 Movies …
Mark Milian / CNN:
Apple in talks to improve sound quality of music downloads  —  San Francisco (CNN) — Apple and other digital music retailers are in discussions with record labels to improve the quality of the song files they sell, executives involved in the talks say.  —  As a result, online music stores …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:   Apple looking to offer higher quality 24-bit music on iTunes - report
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Email Suggests In-App Subscriptions Don't Apply to ‘Software As a Service’?  —  Apple's announcement last week introducing App Store Subscriptions has generated a lot of controversy across the web.  At issue is Apple's policy requiring publishers to also offer all subscriptions through Apple's …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Next Question: What's A Publishing App?
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Subscriptions and the new In-App Purchase requirement
Discussion: blogs.telegraph.co.uk
Wall Street Journal:
Searching for Details Online, Lawyers Facebook the Jury  —  Attorneys Seek Cues on Potential Jurors in Networking Sites  —  Facebook is increasingly being used in courts to decide who is—and who isn't—suitable to serve on a jury, the latest way in which the social-networking site is altering the U.S. court system.
DigiTimes:
HP to start selling WebOS 3.0-based TouchPad in April  —  First-tier notebook brand vendor Hewlett-Packard (HP) is set to start selling its WebOS 3.0-based tablet PC, TouchPad in April with shipments to start delivery by the end of March, according to sources from HP's upstream component partners.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows 8 roadmap: A picture is worth a thousand build numbers  —  Given the very few (and occasionally confusing) leaks around Windows 8, an update as to how things are progressing is always welcome.  —  In early 2011, a source of mine passed on to me what he claimed was a snapshot of the internal Windows 8 roadmap.
Discussion: Engadget and Technologizer
Matt Rozen / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
Update for Flash Player 10.2 Support on Tablets  —  Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 pre-installed on some tablets and as an OTA download on others within a few weeks of Android 3 (Honeycomb) devices becoming available, the first of which is expected to be the Motorola Xoom.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Payments Startup Square Ups The Ante, Drops Transaction Fee For Businesses  —  Mobile payments company Square has made an interesting move today, which should put competitors Verifone and Intuit on notice.  The startup is dropping the per transaction charge for any business using its mobile payments device and service.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
AT&T Motorola Atrix 4G now on sale, $149.99 at Amazon or RadioShack (update: $129.99 at Walmart)  —  The hotly reviewed and already rooted Atrix 4G is now on sale at AT&T. As expected, the privilege of buying direct from the carrier will set you back $199.99 with a two-year contract in the range …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 update bricked your device?  Exchange it  —  Microsoft is currently investigating a number of issues where Windows Phone 7 owners claim their devices have been left in an unusable state after a recent platform update.  —  The software giant said on Tuesday that it is …
Royston Chan / Reuters:
Chinese workers appeal to Apple over health worries  —  (Reuters) - Chinese workers at a factory making touch screens on contract for Apple (AAPL.O) have urged the U.S. company to help address their grievances over a chemical poisoning they said could still harm their health.
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Facebook threatens to sue Daily Mail over paedophile story  —  Social networking site unhappy with being named in story about a paedophile gang operating in Devon  —  Facebook is threatening legal action against the Daily Mail amid a dispute over the headline of a front page story that named …
Jeremy Page / Wall Street Journal:
China Co-Opts Social Media to Head Off Unrest  —  Government allows networking sites—if they block or remove controversial material  —  BEIJING—China's domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, added his voice to calls for tighter Internet controls as censors ratcheted up temporary online restrictions …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Verizon Wireless to launch Motorola XOOM on February 24th; $599.99 on contract  —  Verizon Wireless on Tuesday confirmed its plans to launch Motorola's highly anticipated Honeycomb tablet on Thursday, February 24th.  The carrier also confirmed pricing for the device, which will cost $599.99 …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Court Rules Ivi.tv Not a Cable System, Orders Shutdown  —  Streaming TV startup Ivi.tv has tried to build a business on re-broadcasting TV content online, raising the ire of several big broadcasters who took it to court, hoping to shut down its streams.  Well Naomi Rice Buchwald …
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russia blames Google for stirring Egypt unrest: report  —  (Reuters) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's deputy blamed Google Inc in an interview published on Tuesday for stirring up trouble in the revolution that ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.  —  “Look what they have done in Egypt …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
French search company lobs new antitrust complaint at Google  —  French search company 1PlusV has added to the European dogpile on Google, accusing the search giant of keeping the little guys down when it comes to advertising on AdSense.  1PlusV says it has filed a new complaint …
Nathan / The eBook Reader Blog:
The Alex Reader is Being Phased Out  —  If you haven't been following the ebook reader industry carefully, you've probably never heard of little-known ereader called the Alex Reader from Spring Design.  —  The Alex Reader was supposed to be the first ebook reader with two screens, one E Ink and the other LCD.
 
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Sofia M. Fernandez / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS, Netflix Sign Two-Year Content Agreement
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Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
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Discussion: PR Newswire
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple succession planning key topic amid Jobs health worries
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Electronista:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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