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12:15 PM ET, February 28, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2: also comes in white?  —  Imagine the look on our faces when these pictures of a white second-generation iPad part landed in our inbox.  Yes folks, it looks like the new iPad could come in white.  That seems strange since Apple could not pull off an iPhone 4 with a white front, but I'm sure they figured out a way.
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Is this Apple's next iPad?  —  We have been sent an image that looks very convincing.  A tipster has shot us over what could be — and appears to be — an image of the back of Apple's next generation iPad.  The rear-facing camera, redesigned speaker, and flat back with tapered edges are all visible.
Naked Security / Sophos:
Mac OS X backdoor Trojan, now in beta?  —  It appears there is a new backdoor Trojan in town and it targets users of Mac OS X. As even the malware itself admits, it is not yet finished, but it could be indicative of more underground programmers taking note of Apple's increasing market share.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
HTC Trophy spotted in the wild, sporting Verizon logo  —  If you had any remaining doubts whether the HTC Trophy would be playing for Team Red, you can leave them at the door — a tipster just sent us a high-res version of the above image, and says it's running the latest version of Windows Phone 7, complete with copy/paste support.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Chris Sacca And J.P. Morgan Acquired 10% Of Twitter Via Huge Secret Secondary Fund  —  Lots and lots of buzz today in all the major newspapers about how J.P. Morgan is trying to buy 10% or so of Twitter for $450 million.  —  As far as I can tell, all of the stories are wrong.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
What ‘The Social Network’ Won (Three Awards, But Not Best Picture) #Oscars  —  Despite losing Best Picture to The King's Speech, Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher's epic Facebook creation myth The Social Network did pick up three Oscars tonight, more than any film about nerds has ever garnered, unless you count A Beautiful Mind.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple testing Android-like gesture-based lock screen for iOS  —  Apple has been working on a new gesture-based lock screen for iOS devices that works similarly to Android's “dots” lock screen feature.  The user sets up a pattern and needs to input that same pattern in, instead of a password or a four number code.
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Facebook Investor Peter Thiel: Palantir Is The Next Facebook Or Google  —  Who isn't looking for the next big tech company?  —  For a FORBES magazine story I recently wrote on cyber-security software-maker Palantir Technologies, I spoke with billionaire Facebook investor Peter Thiel …
Discussion: TechEye, SAI and Zootool
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple targets SMBs with JointVenture  —  Apple laid the first stages of JointVenture out to Apple Retail staff today and as West Coast employees exit the meetings we are getting our first information on the new small business program.  JointVenture will be launched on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
Dan Frommer / SAI:
Amazon Gets Another Kindle Distributor: AT&T Will Sell In Its 2,000+ Stores  —  Amazon smartly continues to sell its Kindle e-reader at more places than just its Amazon.com web store.  The company's latest Kindle distributor is AT&T, the wireless carrier that powers the Kindle's 3G connection in the U.S.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Yahoo Blocked Delicious Founder Joshua Schachter From Investing In Twitter  —  Delicious founder Joshua Schachter was offered the opportunity to invest in Twitter's first round and Yahoo, where he was working at the time, blocked him.  Of course now Twitter is trading at $4.5 billion and will probably be a $10 billion company one day.
Leon Erlanger / InfoWorld:
Motorola's big plans to fix Android's security woes  —  Execs confirm plans to develop APIs for the missing capabilities, letting Android devices match the security level of BlackBerrys and iPhones  —  It's official: Motorola Mobility execs have confirmed to InfoWorld that the smartphone maker …
Discussion: Android Community
Don Clark / Digits:
Server Startup SeaMicro First to Use New Intel Chip  —  A Silicon Valley startup selling a new style of server system now has another unusual selling point-a microprocessor that was all but custom-tailored for the company by Intel. … SeaMicro, a closely held company in Santa Clara, Calif. …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
How Kinect and its offspring are shaping the future of Microsoft  —  Gee-whiz conceptual demos of “natural user interfaces” are a longstanding tradition at Microsoft, but the early success of the Kinect motion controller for Xbox 360 has given these projects new energy, demonstrating their potential to impact the company and the world.
Discussion: IntoMobile
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Khosla Ventures Leads $5.6 Million Funding For MyLikes; Buchheit Joins Board  —  Khosla Ventures likes social advertising startup MyLikes.  The VC firm is leading the startup's $5.6 million Series A financing.  Lightspeed Partners and Metamorphic Ventures, who participated in the $600,000 seed round, ponied up again.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
SocialEyes Taps Facebook Social Graph For Video Chatting  —  SocialEyes, a new start-up co-founded by RealNetworks chairman Rob Glaser, is launching today at DEMO with the promise of making video chat truly social by leveraging Facebook Connect.  The San Francisco company is building …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
France's Orange Hopes to Put the Squeeze on Rivals with an iPhone Voice Mail App  —  While few in the U.S. know Orange as anything other than a color or a fruit, the France Telecom mobile unit is hoping to change that with an app that improves upon the iPhone's built-in voicemail.
Discussion: Electronista and MacNN
Arn / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Lion's Safari is Snappier and More Stable Thanks to WebKit2  —  Starting in Mac OS X Lion, we've learned that Apple has started utilizing WebKit2 in their Safari web browser.  The advanced version of Apple's Webkit engine was first announced in April of 2010.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
10.7 Lion allows multi-user remote computing
Discussion: TUAW, Pulse2 and Download Squad, Thanks:appleonic
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Citrix' First Seed Investment: Search And Backup Cloud Data With Primadesk
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kontagent Adds Real Time Monitoring To Facebook Analytics Platform
Discussion: Inside Facebook and VentureBeat
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Swipely Swaps Public Purchase-Sharing for Private Savings
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Motorola Mobility Sues TiVo to Challenge Time Warp Patents
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Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
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Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
How Hackers Could Exploit Federal Government Shutdown
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Did Google Pre-Emptively Block a 4G iPhone on Verizon?
Discussion: DSLreports and GottaBeMobile
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google acknowledges Gmail issues as users complain of missing emails
Zach Epstein / BGR:
BlackBerry PlayBook will support Android apps, RIM rep proclaims [video]
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