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2:40 PM ET, March 4, 2011

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Bloomberg:
Apple Negotiating Unlimited Usage of Music Downloads  —  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 …
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Stewart Meagher / thinq_:   Apple in talks over iTunes in the cloud
Krista Pappas / Bing:
Bing Welcomes KAYAK  —  Since the launch of Bing, our goal has been to create a new and different search experience focused on helping you make faster, more informed decisions.  We set out to do this by delivering great results, organizing the results in more visual and useful …
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Brennon Slattery / PC World:
Will Microsoft Beat Google in the Travel Search Wars?
Discussion: paidContent and Search Engine Land
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung finds parts of Galaxy Tab 10.1 ‘inadequate’ compared to iPad 2, reconsiders pricing  —  Whether you love or loathe Apple, you have to be happy with the company's aggressive upgrade of the iPad.  It has led to Samsung, purveyor of an Android 3.0 tablet by the name of Galaxy Tab 10.1 …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Conan Roasts iPad 2: You'll Buy It No Matter What We Say [Video]  —  With every new Apple product launch, there's now an expectation that we're going to get a video made by Apple to help explain the product.  You know the ones.  They feature Apple executives (though, oddly, never CEO Steve Jobs) …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   The Chair  —  Even the chair on the stage was the same.
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.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RBC: 185 million tablets sold by end of 2014, Android to dominate long-term  —  In a note to investors on Thursday, RBC Capital Markets General Manager Mike Abramsky reiterates the firm's belief that the tablet market is poised to explode over the coming years.
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: 99.7% Of People Still Haven't Bought A Tablet Yet
Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget, broadstuff and Gizmodo
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 …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Buys Outside.In, Less Than $10 Million  —  AOL will announce today that it has acquired “hyper-local” blog aggregator startup Outside.In, an industry source tells us.  —  We don't know if AOL will announce how much it is paying for the company — probably not — but we're told that it is less than $10 million.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
CBS Acquires TV Guide For Online Video Clicker, Jim Lanzone Named President Of CBS Interactive  —  CBS has acquired Clicker, a TV Guide for internet programming, according to a release just issued by the companies.  Clicker's CEO Jim Lanzone has been named President of CBS Interactive.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google issues Android anti-fragmentation tool  —  Google has made good on a promise to release technology it hopes will curtail Android's fragmentation problem, a complication for programmers who want their software to run on a diversity of devices.  —  Yesterday, the company released a …
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AOL Tim Armstrong: After HuffPo deal closes ‘no way around’ layoffs  —  AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Huffington Post chief Arianna Huffington have finalized their integration plans and layoffs are on tap as the acquisition nears the finish line.  —  The news isn't unexpected.
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Roger Capriotti / The Windows Blog:
Counting Down Internet Explorer 6 Usage Share  —  On this day a year ago, Aten Design Group hosted a funeral for IE6 in Denver, Colorado.  We heard about it and sent flowers.  While the funeral gave a strong indication of the desire to rid the world of IE6, the browser still has a presence.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
This Man Is Putting Millions In Startups' Pockets — And Scaring VCs To Death  —  AngelList is turning Silicon Valley upside down.  It's basically Match.com for startups and business angels, and startups are raising millions from angels on the site almost every day, leaving VCs to scramble for dealflow and paying higher valuations.
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
Matt Asay / The Register:
From messiah to pariah: The death of open source on mobile  —  $0.99 beats free almost every time  —  Open...and Shut Open source has gone from pariah to messiah in the past decade, but it has yet to find a place at the mobile table, and risks being rendered obsolete.
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Chipping In to Pay the Man Who Helped Introduce the Internet to So Many of Us  —  If you used the Internet using Windows in the early to mid 90s, chances are you connected with a little program called Trumpet Winsock.  It was one of the only ways to get dial-up access using Windows 3.1.
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Preparing To Introduce New Broadband Plans, 20% Discount When Attached To Voice Accounts?  —  Based on information that just hit my inbox, T-Mobile is preparing to introduce new webConnect broadband rate plans some of which will qualify for a 20% discount when paired with a qualifying voice line.
 
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David Zax / Fast Company:
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Chrome OS Get A Big Update — Two Words: Trackpad Fixes
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Apple said shipping 12 million iPad 2s in spring alone
Kim Zetter / Epicenter:
TED 2011: Junk Food Algorithms and the World They Feed Us
Michael Joseph Gross / Vanity Fair:
A Declaration of Cyber-War  —  Last summer, the world's top …
Discussion: GMSV
Michael Lansu / Chicago Sun Times:
Groupon sued over deal expiration dates
Discussion: Techdirt
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix for iPad updated with a new custom UI but loses features like DVD queueing
Discussion: Techland, ReadWriteWeb and Gadgetell
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Illegal TV streamers, here's how the feds will hunt you down
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