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10:30 AM ET, March 2, 2011

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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple Staffer: iPad 3 Is The One To “Make A Song & Dance About”  —  We've received some tidbits of information about the iPad 2 launch tomorrow from an Apple staffer:  — MobileMe is being revamped with cloud storage features.  — The iPad 2 is a ho-hum update.  It's more of a speed bump than a redesign.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
With Jobs Definitely Mulling Appearance at iPad Event, Let's Hope the Focus Is on the Product  —  According to several sources close to the situation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs-who is on a health-related leave from the company-is definitely considering an appearance at its big iPad 2 event tomorrow.
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Google Pulls 21 Apps In Android Malware Scare  —  Google Pulls 21 Apps In Android Malware Scare  —  Google has just pulled 21 popular free apps from the Android Market.  According to the company, the apps are malware aimed at getting root access to the user's device, gathering a wide range …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mahalo Reduces Headcount by 10% After Google Algo Change  —  I feel for Mahalo founder and CEO Jason Calacanis this past week.  He finishes his Launch conference (my recap), heads to the afterparty and probably gets 10,000 text messages because that was just about the time that Google announced their algorithm change.
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Google: We're Working to Help Good Sites Caught by Spam Cleanup  —  When Google updated its algorithm late last week to weed out low-quality content factories from the top of search results, the changes didn't sit well with all.  —  Many well-known sites that pop up in search results despite having little …
Quora:
Microsoft: Why doesn't Microsoft understand tablets?  —  Answer (1 of 8): It's interesting to consider how this question would have been answered just two years ago.  Before the iPad, the definition of tablet, was, arguably, the Windows tablet.  As such, there was a lot of speculation …
Discussion: GeekSmack
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft delivers its ‘other’ tablet operating system: Windows Embedded Compact 7
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry PlayBook launching on April 10th  —  We have been told by multiple sources that RIM's very first tablet will be launching on April 10th in retail locations.  Additionally, we're told the OS goes GM (gold master) on March 31st and that when you boot up the device right out of the box …
Christine Lagorio / Inc.com:
How This 19-Year-Old Is Taking On Google  —  Where might you want to search that Google can't reach?  The social slice of the Web, plus everything that an individual has password-protected hovering in the cloud, has been largely off-limits to traditional search engines.
Discussion: Geek.com
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
HP Says BlackBerry PlayBook Imitates webOS, RIM Responds  —  There's no denying it.  RIM's first tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, looks pretty darn similar to HP's TouchPad.  Yes, the PlayBook has a smaller 7-inch screen, compared to 9.7 inches for HP's slate.
Parth Dhebar / GeekSmack:
Twitter suspends parody @ceoSteveJobs account  —  Today, it appears that Twitter has suspended the ceoSteveJobs Twitter account, which had approximately 460,000 followers and over 650 tweets at the time of deletion.  —  Back in January, it turns out that Twitter received a complaint …
Discussion: TUAW, MacNN and 9 to 5 Mac, Thanks:geeksmack
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Google issues ultimatum to Yelp: free content or no search indexing  —  Yelp's chief executive, Jeremy Stoppelman has spoken out against Google's use of its users' business reviews on its Places service, saying the search company has failed to offer them any leeway on the matter.
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Android developers form ‘union’ to protest Google policies  —  A group of Android developers have formed the Android Developers Union, a movement that intends to protest Google's Android Market policies.  —  The group has made seven demands and claims that its members will, if demands are not met …
Denise Leung / Flickr Blog:
Say Hello to Flickr for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7!  —  Back in January, we let you know about some exciting mobile developments we had in store for you, and some of you may have already caught a sneak peak of the newest member of our family here at Flickr.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Yahoo closes in on Yahoo Japan deal  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc is in advanced talks to exit its joint venture in Japan with SoftBank Corp, a move that could lead it to focus on reaching a decision on its China assets.  —  A deal to transfer Yahoo's 35 percent stake in Yahoo Japan …
Gaurav Jain / Google Enterprise Blog:
Now available with Google Apps: User Managed Storage  —  Editor's note: Last year we launched an improvement that makes over 60 additional Google services available to Google Apps users.  This series showcases what's new and how your organization can benefit.  —  Welcome to User Managed Storage
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Japan Phone Makers See Opportunity in Android  —  TOKYO — Japanese mobile phones are a gadget lover's dream.  They double as credit cards.  They can display digital TV broadcasts.  Some are even fitted with solar cells.  —  And yet, for all their innovations, Japanese-made handsets have had little impact overseas.
Discussion: asymco
Wall Street Journal:
Odd Couple Behind Nintendo 3-D Push  —  KYOTO, Japan—Nintendo Co.'s place atop the world of videogames, and perhaps the course of the industry itself, is riding on a geek bromance.  —  On Saturday, Nintendo launched its first all-new machine in nearly five years, a handheld player …
Discussion: Digits and GoNintendo
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Twitter, Digg investor Mike Maples: Yes, there is a tech bubble  —  Facebook, Zynga and Twitter have inspired a host of copycats, and it's those companies that are overvalued and are creating a growing tech bubble, said Floodgate partner Mike Maples.  —  Some major companies in the Web 2. era …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
To Grow Big, Twitter Seeks Small Ads  —  Twitter Inc. is a hot property among investors, who are pumping up the company's valuation.  But whether the start-up can live up to its multibillion-dollar appraisal depends on the likes of David Szetela, who holds the purse strings of numerous small and medium-sized advertisers.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Digits
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Opinionaided's Mobile Q&A App Snags $1M in Funding  —  The Q&A space is red hot right now.  But it's not just Quora or Stack Overflow.  Start-up Opinionaided has raised $1 million to expand its mobile real-time feedback service.  The New York-based start-up has gotten new seed funding …
Discussion: TechCrunch, VatorNews and The Next Web
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Meet Google's human search engine for innovation  —  Google startup-hunter Don Dodge sheds Microsoft roots, ‘kisses a lot of frogs’ in quest for cool technology  —  It was November 2009, and Don Dodge had just been laid off by Microsoft.  Instead of writing a new resume and collecting unemployment …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Dems push for Congressional investigation of HBGary Federal  —  Embattled HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr quit his job yesterday as the prospect of a Congressional investigation loomed.  A dozen Democrats in Congress asked various Republican committee chairs to launch probes of HBGary Federal's idea for a …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Dirty Percent  —  It's not hard to make the case that Apple's new in-app subscription system offers numerous benefits to users, developers, and publishers.  But whatever those benefits, they stem from the mere existence of these new subscription APIs.  What's controversial is the size of Apple's cut: 30 percent.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Mobile Photo Sharing Casualty, Treehouse Hits The Deadpool; Founder Off To Google  —  In terms of hot spaces at the moment, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything hotter than the mobile photo sharing space.  Instagram, PicPlz, and Path all have gotten huge amounts of funding recently.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acquires Group Messaging Service Beluga In A Talent AND Technology Deal  —  Facebook has just acquired group messaging service Beluga, we've learned.  —  Here's what we know: Facebook has acquired both the product and the team, and the plan is apparently to keep the service open for now.
Dharmesh Mehta / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live Mesh reaches 5 million connected devices  —  Today, we're excited to announce an important milestone: Windows Live Mesh has now connected 5 million devices, with over 3 million users syncing 2.2 petabytes to the cloud.  Windows Live Mesh was released on September 30th …
 
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Bloomberg:
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
License-plate social network Bump.com raises more than $1M (exclusive)
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Internet Up For Nobel Peace Prize Again, Let's Hope It Wins This Time
Discussion: Reuters
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Threatens to Cut Affiliates in California
Discussion: SAI
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
‘Death Grip’ is real claims UK scientists, cases don't help
Joel Johnson / Wired:
1 million workers. 90 million iPhones. 17 suicides. Who's to Blame?
Discussion: @radleybalko, SAI and CrunchGear
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Charlie Sheen, Now On Twitter At @CharlieSheen
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Defining Internet “freedom”: Ars interviews Senator Al Franken
Anton Shilov / X-bit labs:
AMD: Thunderbolt Is Just Another Proprietary Standard
Discussion: CrunchGear, Electronista and Gearlog
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Rhapsody Offers 60-Day Trial Ahead Of Rumored Spotify U.S. Launch
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Google Misses Facebook Platform Ads Deadline
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Roger Capriotti / The Windows Blog:
IE9 Reaches 36 Million Downloads; Internet Explorer Share Grows
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Apple fights for ‘App Store’ name, calls Microsoft clueless as usual
 

 
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