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7:40 PM ET, March 9, 2011

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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.
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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 …
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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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Developers rip apart iPad iOS 4.3, find A5 processor == S5L8940  —  Some interesting news is coming out of the development community as developers take apart the newly released iOS 4.3 software (or really just publish stuff they've been under NDA about until now).
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.
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 …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   On Apple TV Special Apps, Sports, And The Slow Bleeding Of Cable
The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Firefox 4 Release Candidate for Windows, Mac and Linux Now Available  —  Mozilla Firefox 4 for Windows, Mac and Linux has exited the beta cycle and is now available as a release candidate in more than 70 languages.  The millions of users testing Firefox 4 will be automatically updated …
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Glyn Moody / Open Enterprise:   Mozilla Moves On  —  Back in August last year, I wrote the following …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft seeks to toss Apple ‘App Store’ brief, says font too small  —  In the legendary rivalry between Microsoft and Apple, there have been many subjects of dispute.  But this may be a first.  And no, the headline above is not from The Onion.  —  Microsoft, opposing Apple's attempt …
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.
Paul Thurrott / Windows Phone Secrets:
Still no update  —  I'll try not to get all emotional here, but ... WTF?  —  Every day, several times a day, I check my phone to see if there's an update available.  When there isn't, I plug it into the laptop, sync via the Zune PC software, and then check there as well.  Nothing.
Discussion: SAI and Daring Fireball
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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 …
Amanda Green / Hunch Blog:
You've got mail: What your email domain says about you  —  Spoiler alert: if you lean towards visual images, check out the interactive version of this report, or click on the summary image below.  For details and graphs and context, though, keep reading! … Admit it.  You stereotype people by their email addresses.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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.
AppleInsider:
Xcode 4 available to all on Apple's Mac App Store for $4.99  —  Apple on Wednesday released Xcode 4 for free to its registered developers, while everyone else can purchase the development environment for Mac OS X and iOS from the Mac App Store for $4.99.  —  “Xcode 4 has been streamlined to help you write better apps,” Apple said.
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 …
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.
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So-Private Parts:
Google Privacy Lawyer's Fascinating (and Unofficial) Thoughts on the “Right to be Forgotten”  —  Here, in the U.S., many of us have accepted that “the Web means the end of forgetting.”  But Europeans are resisting this digital development, and talking of passing a privacy directive …
Discussion: Peter Fleischer
Robert S. Boynton / The Atlantic Online:
North Korea's Digital Underground  —  To smuggle facts into or out of North Korea is to risk imprisonment and even execution.  Yet today, aided by a half-dozen stealthy media organizations outside the country, citizen-journalists are using technologies new and old to break the regime's iron grip on information.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
NetApp acquires LSI storage unit Engenio for $480 million  —  NetApp on Wednesday said it has acquired the Engenio storage systems business from LSI Corp. for $480 million in cash.  —  The deal is expected to add to NetApp's earnings in the second quarter of its fiscal 2012.
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Zaarly: Is This The Future of Mobile Money and Markets?  —  As the president of Kauffman Labs, the Kauffman Foundation's program that supports entrepreneurship, Bo Fishback has seen a lot of startups.  He's heard a lot of pitches from companies who insist they're “the next big thing.”
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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.
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 …
Lauren Dugan / AllTwitter:
Charlie Sheen Intern Tweet Generated 95,333 Clicks in First Hour [Infographic]  —  Ad.ly and Internships.com have released some pretty interesting stats about the Internship.com ad that Charlie Sheen tweeted on Monday.  Not only did nearly 100,000 people click on the link in the first hour …
Discussion: GigaOM, Examiner, Ad.ly and Brian Solis
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Xbox and Mediaroom IPTV to meet in Orapa  —  The codename clues just keep on coming.  After yesterday's blog post on Microsoft's “Ventura” music/video services that are under construction, I was tipped by some reliable tipster types about a related codename: “Orapa.”
Discussion: Music Ally
Vikram Sahai / Official google.org Blog:
Click-to-call emergency information  —  In November 2010, we began displaying relevant emergency phone numbers at the top of the results page for searches around poison control, suicide and other common emergencies in 14 countries.  Today, we are making it even easier for you to quickly reach …
 
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Thomas Shambler / Stuff Middle East:
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Sara Jerome / The Hill:
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