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5:25 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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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 …
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, Ubergizmo, TiPb and Gizmodo
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 …
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 …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Apple Announces New iMovie, Garageband For iPad
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  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad 2 on Wednesday and the festivities went about as expected.  The iPad got two cameras, dropped some girth and introduced some snazzy new covers.  —  Missing from the equation was a USB port and a new display.
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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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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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Race to Build a PageRank for the Social Web Continues  —  As the race to build the social version of Google's PageRank heats up, PeerIndex has added a new source of data for its rankings: the company said today that users can now connect their Quora profiles to the service …
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 and Pitos Blog
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.
Andrew Yoon / Joystiq:
Netflix and ‘short-form video service’ coming to Nintendo 3DS  —  Why should the 3DS' futuristic screen be relegated to games only?  Nintendo has announced two media services for the upcoming handheld.  First, Netflix is coming to the 3DS, allowing you to watch a movie on the go ... and then finish watching at home using your Wii.
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Wall Street Journal:
Odd Couple Behind Nintendo 3-D Push
Discussion: Digits
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 …
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Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Google Pulls 21 Apps In Android Malware Scare
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 …
 
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