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2:55 PM ET, March 9, 2011

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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS 4.3 released with faster Safari, hotspot, and more AirPlay features (direct links!)  —  It is time to get your iOS 4.3 download on.  With a bevy of new features, bugfixes and sweet, sweet Safari speed improvements, you pretty much can't lose...unless you have a VZ iPhone or iPhone 3G that is.
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple releases iOS 4.3  —  Apple on Wednesday released iOS 4.3, the promised update to its mobile operating system.  —  First announced during last week's iPad 2 event, iOS 4.3 wasn't supposed to be released until Friday when the iPad 2 ships to customers.  However, Apple released the operating system a couple of days early.
Guinness World Records:
Kinect Confirmed As Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device  —  New Kinect Device sells quicker than the iPhone and iPad  —  Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, today confirm that the Kinect for the Xbox 360 is the Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
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Xbox.com:
Kinect Sales Surpass Ten Million  —  Following one of the biggest launches in consumer electronics history, Kinect for Xbox 360 continued its momentum in 2011, reaching 10 million Kinect sensors sold worldwide to date.  Not only were sensor sales an overwhelming success …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside AT&T vs Verizon iPad 2 data service plans  —  Apple is offering iPad 2 in two carrier options within the US, but AT&T and Verizon's plans differ significantly.  —  AT&T iPad data plans  —  AT&T continues to offer its no commitment plan that users can start or stop anytime without incurring any fees.
Joel Spolsky / Stack Overflow:
A New Name for Stack Overflow (with surprise ending)  —  It's been a while since we've done something arbitrary, complicated, and confusing, so today I'm happy to announce that the name of the company has been changed, effective immediately, to Stack Exchange Inc!
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Stack Overflow, Now Stack Exchange Inc, Raises $12M From Union Square Ventures And Others
Discussion: VatorNews
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
JP Morgan: Apple's iPad 2 could cause ‘bubble burst’ for rival tablets  —  According to one Wall Street analyst, Apple's soon-to-be-released iPad 2 could burst a bubble for competitors who are hoping to capitalize on the growing tablet market but remain unable to catch up.
Mark LaPedus / EE Times:
Apple, TSMC to expand foundry ties  —  Apple, TSMC to expand foundry ties  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - Rumors are running rampant that Apple Inc. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) are expanding their foundry ties-a possible blow for Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Gmail Unveils Another Weapon Against Email Overload: Smart Labels  —  Back in August, Gmail launched a new feature that's proven to be one of its most effective tools in the fight against email overload: the Priority Inbox.  The feature attempts to automatically sort your incoming email based on importance …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
VeriFone calls out Square for ‘gaping security hole,’ publishes sample app to demonstrate  —  VeriFone, a huge provider of credit card processing systems that's been around since time immemorial, has taken a huge swipe at upstart Square today, branding its free, headphone jack-based credit card readers …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14  —  I guess I can finally stop concluding my Internet Explorer (IE) 9 posts with the words “Microsoft officials continue to decline to provide a ship-date target for IE 9.”  —  On March 9, via a blog post, the IE team told users …
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Apotheker Seeks to Save HP's ‘Lost Soul’ With Software Growth  —  Leo Apotheker stood before 4,000 Hewlett-Packard Co. colleagues Jan. 31, shielded from the afternoon Bangalore sun by a vast white tent.  —  Speaking with the accent that betrays his German roots, Apotheker vowed …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
StumbleUpon's Second Wind Continues as It Raises $17M  —  StumbleUpon, the content discovery service, has raised $17 million in new funding, according to sources close to the company.  —  The round is from Accel Partners, August Capital, DAG Ventures, First Round Capital and Sherpalo Ventures.
Discussion: TechCrunch and StumbleUpon.com
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple to begin production of white iPhone 4 this month, ship by April, says analyst  —  Apple is expected to begin production of its long-awaited iPhone 4 sometime this month, with shipments no later than early April, according to one analyst's checks.  —  Manufacturers will initiate production …
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Fusion-IO, Star Of Enterprise Storage, Files for an IPO, Cites Facebook Relationship  —  Remember when I said to keep a close eye on Fusion-io, the enterprise startup that uses flash memory to speed up data storage?  I hope you were paying attention.  Today it filed for an IPO.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple TV Now Has MLB.TV And NBA Live Game Streaming  —  Good news for baseball and basketball fans: Apple TV now has MLB.TV, baseball's live game streaming service, and NBA basketball streaming, too.  —  MLB is now promoting the service on this page.  This will require a software update …
BBC:
New net rules set to make cookies crumble  —  How websites track visitors and tailor ads to their behaviour is about to undergo a big shake-up.  —  From 25 May, European laws dictate that “explicit consent” must be gathered from web users who are being tracked via text files called “cookies”.
David Zax / Fast Company:
The Mysterious Case of the $12,500 Groupon Discount  —  When is a coupon too big?  Meet the jumbo Groupon.  —  By now you're familiar with Groupon deals.  You get a wacky, manically written email each day offering you $30 of tapas for $15 or half off a full Brazilian.
Discussion: Inc.com and Gizmodo
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Facebook “Deprecates” FBML Tomorrow (Aw, Poor FBML!)  —  Facebook on Thursday will start moving pages and applications on its platform toward using open Web elements rather than its proprietary FBML (Facebook Markup Language).  As a side effect, the change will push pages and apps creators …
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Overage Fees Are Good For You, Says the Wireless Industry  —  Call me crazy, but I almost believed a study on “bill shock” that landed in my inbox today, despite being commissioned by the Wireless Communications Association International trade group.  —  Bill shock refers to the high charges …
Discussion: DSLreports
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Personalized iPad Magazine Zite Learns As You Read, Challenges Flipboard  —  Have you ever created a Genius playlist on iTunes or set up a station on Pandora?  Just plug in one song, and you instantly hear music that matches your tastes.  Think of Zite, the free personalized iPad magazine …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Is Twitter's Problem?  No, It's Not the Product  —  With increasing regularity, Twitter — the San Francisco-based micro-messaging company — finds itself in conflict with its ecosystem.  Last year, its decision to buy Twitter clients only resulted in fraying its bonds with its ecosystem.
Jason / boche.net:
VMware View Client for iPad Released  —  There's an old saying which goes “The best things in life are free”.  Even better are those things which will forever remain free.  Such is the case with the new VMware View Client for iPad, announced and made available this morning!
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Facebook's ‘real name’ policy attacked by Chinese blogger  —  Commentator Michael Anti says his Facebook account has been suspended while Mark Zuckerberg's puppy is allowed a page  —  A well-known Chinese commentator has accused Facebook of insulting him by closing his account on the grounds …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Creators of Steve Jobs Doll Move On to Zuckerberg  —  You might recall a Steve Jobs action figure that appeared online late last year.  It was a good representation of Mr. Jobs, complete with his signature blue jeans, black mock-turtleneck sweater and New Balance sneakers.  But the Mr. Jobs doll didn't last long.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
BMI site latest target of Anonymous DDoS attacks  —  The Web site of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) has been down since last night after being targeted by a distributed denial-of-service attack launched by the Anonymous hacker group as part of what it calls its “war on copyright.”
Discussion: Ars Technica
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare's Extra Special: A Revamped, Fully Automated Merchant Platform  —  Over the past few days, Foursquare has made headlines for a partnership with American Express, and for a completely revamped version of their mobile experience on the iPhone and Android phones.  And they're not done yet.
 
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Sara Jerome / The Hill:
End of the Julius Genachowski era may come soon at the FCC
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Hulu Plus on TiVo apparently being tested, live streaming to iPad apparently being considered
Ben Brooks / The Brooks Review:
The Very Difficult Problem of Notifications
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia-Backed Widgetbox Rebrands As Flite, Raises $12M For Rich Media Ad Serving Platform
Discussion: paidContent and VentureBeat
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
Big Brands Sponsor College Classes to get Social-Media Help
Discussion: Business Wire and VentureBeat
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Appeals Court: Buying Keyword Ads Based On a Competitor's Name Is OK
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 Earlier Items: 
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
PC Industry Is Apple's Plaything
Discussion: ITProPortal
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
FTC Puts Patent Trolls On Notice
Discussion: Fast Company
Electronista:
BlackBerry PlayBook gets 7digital to provide iTunes rival
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Verizon's Melone: LTE smartphones on track, despite ‘issues’
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Exclusive: 64GB iPhone 4 Hands-on & Video!
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
Despite Living Online, Teenagers Don't Want to “Like” Your Company on Facebook
Discussion: All Facebook and Switched
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yes, Facebook Could Compete With Netflix. And Everyone Else, Too.
Discussion: paidContent and Softpedia News