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9:25 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.
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 …
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Apple to roll out retail-based ‘Joint Venture’ service in coming weeks  —  There has been quite a bit of noise recently about a quarterly, morning meeting for Apple retail employees scheduled for this Sunday, February 27th.  Apple retail staffers have been asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement …
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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].
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:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Renews Battle Over Facebook Contacts, Blocks Phone Directory Sync On Nexus S  —  As part of today's roll-out of Gingerbread updates to the Nexus One and Nexus S, Google also took an aggressive jab at Facebook: it has removed the ability of Facebook users to merge their 'Facebook phone directory …
Discussion: Technologizer and Engadget
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Pushes Gingerbread To Nexus One, Improves NFC Support On Nexus S
Discussion: @googlenexus
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.
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
What happens after Yahoo acquires you  —  Whether it's Flickr, Delicious, MyBlogLog, or Upcoming, the post-purchase story is a similar one.  Both sides talk about all the wonderful things they will do together.  Then reality sets in.  They get bogged down trying to overcome integration obstacles …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to roll out ‘Light Peak’ tech Thursday  —  Intel on Thursday plans to roll out Light Peak, a high-speed connection technology that Apple is also likely to adopt, according to an industry source familiar with the details of the event.  —  Intel released a statement to the media today saying …
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).
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
New Windows Phone 7 ads feature ‘real time trials’ against rival devices  —  Microsoft is set to unleash a number of new Windows Phone 7 adverts on the Internet soon.  —  The commercials are similar to the software giant's “laptop hunter” set of adverts that aired during the Vista days of 2009.
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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 …
Discussion: @jowyang and @eric_andersen
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.
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.  —  Posting first-quarter results after the markets close today, HP reported earnings per share of $1.36-well above …
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
HP: Apotheker Upbeat On Services Despite Q1 Drop; Shares Down 12%
Discussion: The Register
Alex Payne / al3x:
Solving The Hacker News Problem  —  Hacker News has long since become the preeminent watering hole for startup-minded programmers and tech entrepreneurs.  Like any open and growing online community, it's had its ups and downs.  —  Lately, Hacker News - HN for short - seems more on the decline than not.
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 …
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FTC to review Apple iPhone in-app purchases  —  The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it will review the marketing and delivery of mobile applications that charge users for products and services, such as through Apple's iTunes store.  —  FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz wrote in a letter to Rep. Ed Markey …
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, Hon. Naomi Rice Buchwald …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Poaches Google's Top Executive in Latin America  —  The fight for talent between Google and Facebook — or more precisely, the flow of Google employees to Facebook — is not just a Silicon Valley affair.  —  Facebook has hired Alexandre Hohagen, the top Google executive in Latin America …
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.
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 …
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
YouTube Says It's in Talks to Show Live NBA, NHL Games  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube said it's in talks with the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League to broadcast live games, building on the popularity of cricket's Indian Premier League last year.
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 …
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
French search company lobs new antitrust complaint at Google
Discussion: BBC, SAI, BetaNews and PC World
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russia blames Google for stirring Egypt unrest: report
Jeremy Page / Wall Street Journal:
China Co-Opts Social Media to Head Off Unrest
Matt Rozen / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
Update for Flash Player 10.2 Support on Tablets
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows 8 roadmap: A picture is worth a thousand build numbers
Discussion: Engadget, PhoneArena and GottaBeMobile