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6:05 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.
Reuters:
Apple falls on iPad launch delay speculation
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
Discussion: Geek.com
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: Digits and Mashable!
Amazon.com:
Amazon Prime Members Now Get Unlimited, Commercial-free, Instant Streaming of More Than 5,000 Movies …
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].
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Next Question: What's A Publishing App? … There's been so much confusion in the wake of Apple's new subscription billing policy for apps that Steve Jobs felt the need to issue the proclamation above via his preferred method, a personal email.  (It's his version of the burning bush).
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Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Email Suggests In-App Subscriptions Don't Apply to ‘Software As a Service’?
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Klout for Business: A Useful Metric -but an Incomplete View of Your Customer  —  Special Treatment of Select Customers Isn't Anything New  —  Just as companies have been treating wealthy customers, or customers who are more likely to spend more with preferential treatment …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Demand Media's First Earnings Report Includes an Actual Profit  —  Here's the first quarterly report card for the first big Web IPO of the year: Demand Media, dinged in the past for claiming profitability when that wasn't technically true, can now relax.  The company earned a bona fide $1 million …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Court Rules Ivi.tv Not a Cable System, Issues Injunction  —  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 …
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Todd Weaver / Watch TV Online Now:   Statement Regarding Southern District Court of New York Ruling
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
HP Beats...and Misses  —  Hewlett-Packard's first full quarter under CEO Leo Apotheker was a strong one.  Sadly, the same cannot be said of its guidance for the current quarter or  —  Posting first-quarter results after the markets close today, HP reported earnings per share of $1.36 …
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.
Sofia M. Fernandez / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS, Netflix Sign Two-Year Content Agreement  —  CBS and Netflix have signed a two-year, non-exclusive licensing agreement that will allow subscribers of the web service to stream content from CBS' library.  —  Shows covered in the agreement include Medium and Flashpoint along with older series …
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.
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.
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 …
Xavier Ducrohet / Android Developers Blog:
Final Android 3.0 Platform and Updated SDK Tools  —  We are pleased to announce that the full SDK for Android 3.0 is now available to developers.  The APIs are final, and you can now develop apps targeting this new platform and publish them to Android Market.  The new API level is 11.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Droid Life
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 …
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.
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 …
 
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Discussion: GigaOM, Techland and Screenwerk
Nathan / The eBook Reader Blog:
The Alex Reader is Being Phased Out
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Verizon Wireless to launch Motorola XOOM on February 24th; $599.99 on contract
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The PayPal Mafia Puts $525K In CapLinked, A LinkedIn-Meets-Salesforce For Private Investing
Jeremy Page / Wall Street Journal:
China Co-Opts Social Media to Head Off Unrest