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4:55 PM ET, February 23, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple announces iPad 2 event for March 2  —  Apple on Wednesday sent an invitation to media inviting them to a special event on March 2 in San Francisco, Calif.  —  According to the invitation received by The Loop, the event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00 am.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
iPad 2 could be in short supply at launch
Discussion: DigiTimes
Arn / MacRumors:
13-Inch MacBook Pro Specs, Photos, Light Peak Known As Thunderbolt?  [Confirmed]  —  Fscklog posts a photo of what is believed to be from the box of the new 13" MacBook Pro that Apple is planning to release on Thursday.  Amongst the features, the name of Apple's Light Peak implementation: Thunderbolt.
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Apple's Macs Bid iSight Goodbye, Welcome FaceTime HD (And Low-Def FaceTime)  —  Leaked packaging from Apple's new MacBook Pro computers confirms a change that has been a long time in coming: Apple is officially changing the names of its built-in Mac cameras from “iSight” to “FaceTime,” …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple shareholders reject succession proposal  —  Steve Jobs skipped the meeting.  COO Tim Cook — his heir apparent — presided.  —  Apple headquarters  —  Apple's (AAPL) shareholder meeting got off to a slow start as latecomers filled the company's Town Hall auditorium nearly to capacity.
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Bloomberg:   Apple Investors Pass Measure for Bigger Say in Board Vote
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Everything that can go wrong with Windows Phone 7 update does  —  It's amazing.  Given the importance that Microsoft's smartphone platform should have—not to mention the uphill struggle it faces against the iPhone and Android juggernauts—one would have thought that the company would make sure …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sprint renames the HTC 7 Pro the Arrive, launching it tomorrow  —  Punch sprint.com/arrive into your address bar and the above is what you shall find.  Not a generic error marker but a URL-specific “coming soon” message that would seem to confirm the existence and indeed near-future arrival of the HTC Arrive.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Daily's Apple-Only Days Are Numbered: Android Coming This Spring  —  Rupert Murdoch leaned heavily on Apple to launch the Daily, and for now the iPad is the only place you can read News Corp.'s new digital newspaper.  —  But that exclusivity will end in a few months …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Crush-Stalking App Breakup Notifier Amasses Over 3.6M Users, Is Shut Down By Facebook  —  Just Monday we were writing about Breakup Notifier, a Facebook app that raked in more than 100,000 users in less than 24 hours and as of 5 hours ago had a more than modest 3,673,484 users in its database ... And then poof!
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: Apple Halves Minimum iAd Buy  —  Apple set the bar high for its debut in the mobile advertising business, demanding a minimum spend of $1 million from advertisers looking to hawk their wares from its iAd platform.  —  It was a daunting premium for a nascent system, and one that limited its appeal to big-name companies.
Sahas Katta / Skatter Tech:
How My Smart Phone Got Me Out Of A Speeding Ticket In Traffic Court  —  Last year a traffic cop pulled me over while driving home and handed me a speeding ticket.  Although nervous and somewhat startled since it was my first time getting caught, I ended up walking out of traffic court …
New York Magazine:
SEC Decides It Might Be a Good Idea to Investigate How Facebook and Twitter Are Trading Shares  —  We're not sure what exactly prompted the SEC toward investigating secondary markets, which allow private companies like Facebook and Twitter to buy and sell shares without revealing any significant financial information.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Sleeping OS X Lion Stirs  —  The iPad 2 nears!  An iPad 3 is on the horizon! iPhone 5 is coming!  Maybe an iPhone nano!  New MacBook Pros!  New iMacs!  Maybe even an Apple television!  Of all the Apple rumors out there right now, there's a odd lack of talk about something we know is coming — and soon: OS X Lion.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
New Final Cut Pro Is Real, And It's Spectacular (And It's Expected Spring 2011)  —  Because it seems like it's Apple rumor day I'd thought I'd throw my (very small) hat in the ring.  More than a year has passed since Final Cut Pro's last release and we've seen two reported Steve Jobs emails talking …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
An Apple Patent Gives us a Peek at Photo Booth for iOS Devices +  —  On January 12, 2011, BGR reported that a source had revealed to them that Apple's Photo Booth was coming to the iPad.  The very next day 9 to 5 Mac added to this news by stating that they had discovered two new iOS 4.3 frameworks …
Discussion: App Advice and MacStories
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Zynga The Most Profitable Company Ever?  —  Zynga's made a $400 million profit on $850 million revenues in 2010, reports the WSJ.  —  If that's true, that's an astounding 47% profit margin.  —  47%!  —  By way of comparison, Google's profit margin is is 29% and Apple's is 28% …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
StackOverflow's Careers 2.0 Leverages Q&A To Get Programmers Hired  —  StackOverflow co-founders Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood know their audience.  The Q&A site popular with programmers is today launching its Careers 2.0 effort at careers.stackoverflow.com, unveiling a complete revamp of the “dinky careers site” that was there before.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP's new business laptops offer up to 32 hours of battery  —  Hewlett-Packard is announcing today a new family of laptops for business users with new industrial designs and one very interesting feature: a battery life of up to 32 hours.  —  The battery life number is getting interesting …
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
B&N: Nook has 25 percent of U.S. e-book market  —  In reporting its earnings for the third quarter that ended on Jan. 29, Barnes & Noble's had some good and bad news.  —  First the bad: the company's profits were down 25 percent from the previous quarter last year as it continued to invest heavily in its Nook e-reader line.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Judge: Ex-Microsoft GM can't work in his new Salesforce job  —  A former Microsoft general manager's new job as a senior vice president at Salesforce.com “appears to be a direct violation of his non-compete agreement” with the Redmond company, a King County Superior Court judge said from the bench …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog, Thanks:seattledonorbiz
Cody Switzer / Social Philanthropy:
Twitter Co-Founder Pushes New Effort to Use Technology for Social Good  —  The Twitter co-founder Biz Stone plans to announce tonight that he is joining forces with a nonprofit technology group to start ConvergeUS, a charity that seeks to combat social problems with new technology.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Like Windows Phone 7, Bing Gets “Live Tiles” Too  —  Microsoft's Bing search engine now includes tiles on its results pages which show dynamically updated visual cues and other information from partner websites.  Included at launch are IMDb, Yahoo Movies, Rotten Tomatoes, OpenTable, Yelp …
George Monbiot / Guardian:
The need to protect the internet from ‘astroturfing’ grows ever more urgent  —  The tobacco industry does it, the US Air Force clearly wants to ... astroturfing - the use of sophisticated software to drown out real people on web forums - is on the rise.  How do we stop it?
Discussion: TechEye
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Over Half Of VC Firms Have Shut Down, And Many More Are Dying  —  The shakeout in the venture industry is on, and it is ugly.  —  Many, many firms are dying — all while the top firms are doing extremely well.  —  We've gone from 1000 venture firms in 2007 to less than 400 today, and more are shutting down.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
NHL Denies Talks To Stream Games Live On YouTube; NBA Looking At Asia  —  The National Hockey League is denying a Bloomberg report from Seoul that it is in talks with YouTube (NSDQ: GOOG) to stream live games.  Asked about the report based on comments by Google executives …
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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google Launches Apps Certification Program for IT Pros
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Google Belgian Copyright Appeal May Decide Search Engines' Fate in Europe
The PayPal Blog:
Will publishers back the new iPad?  —  Apple announced another …
Thanks:paypal
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's new subscription policy could cost Amazon $80-$160 million per year
Discussion: @chuckdude, TUAW and MacStories
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Every Startup Can Learn From AirBnB
Discussion: The Next Web
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Internet Archive Partners With 150 Libraries to Launch an E-Book Lending Program
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TeleRead
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Bandwidth.com Acquires Dash Carrier Services To Add Emergency Calling To VoIP Applications
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and VoIP Watch
 Earlier Items: 
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Newsmaker: Vision quest haunts Apple CEO-in-waiting
Discussion: SAI, MediaFile and MediaFile
Kunal / Samsung Hub:
Samsung to unveil 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab next month?
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
ShopSavvy Integrates Groupon To Bring You More Relevant Mobile Local Deals
Mark McDonald / New York Times:
Home Internet May Get Even Faster in South Korea
Discussion: The Huffington Post and DSLreports
Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
Google yanks request for kids' social security numbers
Matt Haber / San Francisco Chronicle:
More than a coffeehouse, it's a tech incubator
Guillermo Pont / Clicker Blog:
Amazon Prime Instant: A Closer Look
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Renews Battle Over Facebook Contacts, Removes Phone Directory Sync On Nexus S
 

 
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