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4:30 PM ET, March 2, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Launches iPad 2  —  All New Design is Thinner, Lighter & Faster with FaceTime, Smart Covers & 10 Hour Battery  —  Apple® today introduced iPad™ 2, the next generation of its magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple releases iOS 4.3 with iPad 2, includes new AirPlay features and FaceTime  —  Along with the iPad 2, Apple's releasing the final version of iOS 4.3, which features the Nitro Javscript engine from Safari on OS X, new iTunes Home Sharing features, and the suite of AirPlay features …
AppleInsider:
Apple announces iPad 2 with new design, faster A5 processor & two cameras shipping March 11  —  Apple on Wednesday took the wraps off of its second-generation tablet, officially dubbed “iPad 2,” with a completely new, thinner design, a faster dual-core A5 processor, and two video cameras, shipping on March 11.
Laura June / Engadget:
Apple slashes original iPad price to $399, iPad 2 not up for pre-order yet  —  Steve Jobs told us earlier that the new iPad pricing will stay exactly the same as the original iPad — meaning a base price of $499 for the 16GB WiFi version.  Well, even though you can't get an iPad 2 until March 11th …
Discussion: ZDNet, Geek.com, TiPb, Gizmodo and Phones Review
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
iPad 2 gets a Smart Cover  —  We can't say we were expecting to be impressed by a case for the new iPad 2, but Apple's pulled a surprise out its hat with its new Smart Covers for the tablet.  Available in multiple colors and in your choice of polyurethane or leather variants …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPad 2 first hands-on! (update: even more video!)  —  Well there you have it folks — the absurdly thin new iPad 2.  We just got our hands all over the next greatest tablet from Apple and it's... very much the same, save for that new body.  There's no question that the industrial design is top notch …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Fragmentation Mystery: Why Is iOS 4.3 Listed For GSM iPhone-Only?  —  Today at their event in San Francisco, Apple showed off the new iPad 2 alongside a new version of iOS: 4.3.  But the end of walk-through was a bit odd.  On screen, Apple showed that iOS 4.3 would be available for free on March 11 …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Random House books come to Apple's iBookstore for iPad, iPhone  —  Days after publisher Random House announced it would adopt the agency model for e-book sales, content from the world's largest consumer trade publisher — including “The Da Vinci Code” — began appearing on Apple's iBookstore.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Apple Announces 100 Million iPhones, 15 Million iPads Sold  —  Steve Jobs, on stage at the iPad 2 event today, announced that, among other things, Apple had sold 100 million iPhones.  That's a hell of a lot.  They also announced an official figure of 15 million iPads sold …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom vs. HP TouchPad vs. BlackBerry PlayBook: the tale of the tape  —  You might recall we ran this comparison about a month back when HP's TouchPad was announced, but now we're back with a full set of 2011 devices as Apple's brand new iPad 2 has joined the fray.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's iPad 2: An incremental upgrade enough to kill the competition
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs: Tablets Are Not PCs And Our Competitors Don't Get It  —  The iPad is not a computer, and competitors who approach it like the PC market will fail, says Apple's Steve Jobs.  —  Like he did at last year's iPad introduction, Jobs closed today's iPad 2 event by talking …
Discussion: WinRumors and Tools
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Steve Jobs Appears at Apple iPad Event  —  Steve Jobs took the stage to kick off Apple's event on Wednesday, drawing a standing ovation from the crowd at the Yerba Buena Center For the Arts.  —  “We've been working on this product for a while and I just didn't want to miss the day,” …
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 …
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 …
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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: Pitos Blog and Geek.com
DigiTimes:
Apple expects shipments of 6-6.5 million iPads in 1Q11  —  Apple internally plans to take deliveries of 6-6.5 million iPads, including iPad 2, in the first quarter of 2011 and aims at a total shipment volume of 40 million iPads for 2011, according to sources from the supply chain.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Posterous 2.0 Is A Group Sharing App With A Website Attached  —  Simple blogging service Posterous is taking its recently launched Posterous Groups function mobile this morning with the release of the Posterous 2.0 Android and iPhone apps.  Along with the app's previous functionality …
Discussion: Mashable! and SAI
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: ZDNet
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 …
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
App Store coming to Google TV  —  A version of the Android Market for the Google TV platform is due “very short term,” the general manager overseeing Google TV products for Logitech said Tuesday.  —  Speaking at the OTTCon here on Tuesday, Ashish Arora, the vice president and general manager …
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 …
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Kevin / The Official Lookout Blog:
Security Alert: DroidDream Malware Found in Official Android Market
 
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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Japan Phone Makers See Opportunity in Android
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A Mobile Photo Sharing Casualty, Treehouse Hits The Deadpool; Founder Off To Google
Dharmesh Mehta / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live Mesh reaches 5 million connected devices
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