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7:30 AM ET, March 4, 2011

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
It's Apple's ‘post-PC’ world — we're all just living in it  —  On Wednesday, Apple introduced the world to the iPad 2.  A beautiful device, to be sure.  Feature packed?  You bet.  Soon to be selling like hotcakes?  Absolutely.  But the introduction of an iteration on an already existing product …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Chair  —  Even the chair on the stage was the same.  —  Yesterday's iPad 2 introduction felt like a repeat of last year's event for the original iPad.  Same place.  Same pace and structure for the presentation: a brief prelude of statistics showing how well Apple is doing company-wide …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Steve Jobs' reality distortion takes its toll on truth  —  Apple twisted facts and used an erroneous quotation to try to convince crowds that all other tablets had no shot at de-throning the iPad in 2011.  —  In what seems like a ritual at this point, I watched Apple's iPad 2 keynote in disbelief …
Discussion: Examiner, eWeek, Guardian, FM Blog and Engadget
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
iPad 2 wasn't Apple's big March 2nd announcement
Discussion: Gartner, Guardian and MacGazette.net
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Negotiate Unlimited Downloads of Music Purchases  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is in talks with record companies to give iTunes customers easier access to music they've purchased across multiple devices, said three people with knowledge of the plans.  —  Apple is negotiating …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is Said to Plan Windows Release for Tablets in 2012  —  Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, won't release a competitor to Apple Inc. and Google Inc.'s tablet operating systems until the 2012 back-to- school season, people with knowledge of the plans said.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Video: Inside Google's Self-Driving Cars  —  At the TED 2011 conference this week, Google has been giving extremely rare demos of its self-driving cars.  TED attendees have even been allowed to travel inside them, on a closed course.  Below, some video of the action.  —  Google's Robot Cars
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Web Video Rivalry Sparks U.S. Probe  —  The Justice Department is investigating whether a group representing some top technology firms is unfairly trying to smother a free rival technology for delivering online video that is backed by Google Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
Fred / A VC:
Techmeme vs Hacker News  —  My two favorite tech news aggregators are Techmeme and Hacker News.  I visit both multiple times per day for a quick scan of what is going on in techland.  —  They are very different and you can see that in action this morning.  —  Here is the above the fold Techmeme right now (9am eastern):
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome OS Get A Big Update — Two Words: Trackpad Fixes  —  A couple weeks ago, Google rolled out the beta of Chrome 10, the latest version of their web browser.  Today they're bringing it to Chrome OS too — and it contains more goodies.  Most importantly, Google is touting trackpad fixes …
Ragavan Srinivasan / Mozilla Labs:
First developer release of Web Apps Project  —  We are excited to announce the availability of the first milestone release of Mozilla's Web Application project.  Web Apps are applications that run on any device, and can be distributed through any store or directly by the developer.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: 99.7% Of People Still Haven't Bought A Tablet Yet  —  Apple's iPad tablet is probably the fastest-selling new consumer electronics device ever, but the potential for growth in the tablet market for Apple, Google, RIM and others is still massive.
Discussion: Gizmodo and broadstuff
David Kirkpatrick / Vanity Fair:
Twitter Was Act One  —  Considering that he invented Twitter and is about to launch another potential game changer with his new company, Square, Jack Dorsey has one of the lowest profiles in tech.  But from his childhood obsession (city maps) to his dream job (mayor of New York City) …
Discussion: eMoney, Twittercism, @tedr and TechCrunch
Michael Joseph Gross / Vanity Fair:
A Declaration of Cyber-War  —  Last summer, the world's top software-security experts were panicked by the discovery of a drone-like computer virus, radically different from and far more sophisticated than any they'd seen.  The race was on to figure out its payload, its purpose, and who was behind it.
Discussion: SAI
Garett Sloane / New York Post:
Facebook co-founder set to sell 10M shares  —  While deep-pocketed investors from New York to Beijing are clamoring to buy a piece of Facebook, news that a co-founder of the social networking giant is shopping around a portion of his stake is raising eyebrows on Wall Street, The Post has learned.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Illegal TV streamers, here's how the feds will hunt you down  —  When the US government decides to take down a website offering access to free TV streams over the Internet, it doesn't mess around.  Newly unsealed court documents show that Brian McCarthy, the 32-year old alleged operator …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix for iPad updated with a new custom UI but loses features like DVD queueing  —  While its page on iTunes doesn't show any change, HackingNetflix points out Netflix for iPad was updated today with a new version of the app that gives it a customized interface instead of just pulling …
Electronista:
Apple said shipping 12 million iPad 2s in spring alone  —  Apple could ship more than 10 million iPads a quarter for the first time in the spring, part suppliers claimed late Thursday.  The company is still on track to ship 6.5 million iPads before April, two to three million of which would be the iPad 2 …
Discussion: DigiTimes, SlashGear and AppleInsider
David Faber / The Faber Report:
Latest Facebook Investment Values Company at $65 Billion  —  General Atlantic, a $17 billion investment firm, will soon become the latest investor in Facebook, buying one tenth of one percent of the company in a deal that values the social networking giant at $65 billion, according to people with knowledge of the transaction.
Kellex / Droid Life:
WiFi-only Motorola XOOM Headed to Sam's Club, Possibly Priced at $539  —  Been a lot of talk about a wifi-only Motorola XOOM lately and thanks to our friends at Sam's Club, we think it may be closer than anyone imagined and with a better-than-previously-advertised price tag.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Ditto: The Social App For What You Should Be Doing  —  Think about Foursquare right now.  You can tell everyone what you're currently doing, but there's no good mechanism for planning something to do or for getting a recommendation for something to do.  Sure, you could use “shouts” that way.
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Just How Bad Is the iPad 2 Camera?  —  The iPad 2's camera shoots at less than one megapixel.  Jon Snyder/Wired.com  —  It seems impossible for Apple to put a decent camera into anything but the iPhone, and despite many hopes, both cameras in the iPad 2 are about as rudimentary …
Kim Zetter / Epicenter:
TED 2011: Junk Food Algorithms and the World They Feed Us  —  When the internet launched more than a decade ago, it promised, or so the myth goes, to broaden our horizons and connect us to people and viewpoints we'd never have encountered without it.  But in reality, instead of widening …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Updated Windows Phone 7 update isn't updating some Samsung phones for March update  —  Man, talk about a flustercuck.  After missing a cycle with its mobile phone strategy, the last thing Microsoft needed was a support fiasco related to its very first Windows Phone 7 software update.
Discussion: Inquirer, WinRumors and WMPoweruser.com
Steven Levy / Epicenter:
The ‘Panda’ That Hates Farms: A Q&A With Google's Top Search Engineers  —  LONG BEACH - Last week Google announced a new update to its search engine that addressed the growing complaint that low-quality content sites (derisively referred to as content farms) were ranked higher than higher-quality sites …
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Vurve Raises Another $4.5 Million To Give Businesses “Advertising On Autopilot”
Michael Lansu / Chicago Sun Times:
Groupon sued over deal expiration dates
Discussion: Techdirt
Bomi Lim / Bloomberg:
South Korea Says Government Websites Attacked, Issues Alert
Discussion: The Next Web
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Google's Android Spurs More App Jobs Than iPhone
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 Earlier Items: 
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
A rare disagreement  —  John Gruber:  —  The root cause …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Jim Popkin / Epicenter:
Robert Soloway Exits Prison, Disavows ‘Spam King’ Ways
Gina Trapani / Smarterware:
The Case Against Drop-down Identities
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
INTC: Piper Sees Change Of Guard In Tech Wave
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Free messaging apps threaten wireless carriers' cash cow
Discussion: DSLreports and dailywireless.org
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
A low-tech Microsoft slate for the masses
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Twitter Story Fail
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With “Quick Bar”, Twitter Has Figured Out How To Cram Ads Into The Stream