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2:55 PM ET, March 10, 2011

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
iPad 2: Thin, Not Picture Perfect  —  Just as most of its competitors are rolling out their first multitouch tablets to compete with its game-changing iPad, Apple on Friday will start selling a second-generation model, the iPad 2.  —  The new iPad 2 is about a third thinner and over 10% lighter …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPad 2  —  I've been coming up empty trying to think of a hook for this review of the iPad 2 — an angle, a narrative structure, a theme to put it in perspective and make it more than a list of benchmarks and disparate observations.  Then I realized I already wrote it, a year ago, in this back-page column for Macworld:
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPad 2 review  —  To say Apple's iPad 2 is an easy tablet to review is somewhat of an understatement.  The device, a follow up to last year's wildly successful (and currently market-defining) iPad, is nearly identical when it comes to software, and though improved, closely related on the hardware side as well.
Apple:
iPad 2 Arrives Tomorrow  —  Apple® today announced that iPad™ 2, the next generation of its magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and much more, will be available tomorrow …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPad 2 Availability Tomorrow: 1:00 AM Pacific Online, 5:00 PM Local In-Store
Liz Reaves Walker / The LinkedIn Blog:
Introducing LinkedIn Today  —  Staying on top of industry news is something we think matters for any professional whose success depends on being well informed.  With all the news websites, blogs, tweets and newsletters out there, staying in-the-know can be time consuming and it's increasingly hard …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Today: A Social News Product For Professionals
Oliver Hsiang / StumbleUpon Blog:
Stay in the Know with LinkedIn and StumbleUpon
Discussion: TechCrunch
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
THE GORY DETAILS: Tim Armstrong's Layoffs Memo  —  UPDATE: We've been covering AOL's layoffs all morning long.  Below is a memo from CEO Tim Armstrong detailing what's happening.  —  Other stories we've covered:  — AOL is planning a big re-org in its tech division, with HuffPo's people getting a bigger role.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: AOL Gives Over 200 U.S. Employees Pink Slips
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Founder, Others Invest $42 Million in Angry Birds  —  We'd heard Rovio, the company behind the Angry Birds game franchise, was out in the market looking for cash, but never did we think that it would end up raising $42 million in Series A funding from Accel Partners and Atomico, the venture fund started by Skype's co-founders.
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:   The Inside Story on the Angry Birds' Massive Funding Round
Shonda Novak / Austin American-Statesman:
Apple set to open popup shop in core of SXSW action  —  Computer company leases downtown space during festival, release of iPad 2  —  Apple Inc. will open a temporary store Friday in the Scarbrough Building on Congress Avenue downtown, timed to the start of South by Southwest Interactive Conference …
The Official Google Blog:
Hide sites to find more of what you want  —  Over the years we've experimented with a number of ways to help you personalize the results you find on Google, from SearchWiki to stars in search to location settings.  Now there's yet another way to find more of what you want on Google by blocking the sites you don't want to see.
Discussion: @mattcutts and The Next Web
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
pwn2own day one: Safari, IE8 fall, Chrome unchallenged  —  Fully patched versions of Safari and Internet Explorer 8 were both successfully hacked today at pwn2own, the annual hacking competition held as part of the CanSecWest security conference.  If a researcher can pwn the browser—that is …
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Paul Graham: There's No Tech Bubble, Steve Jobs Is A Dictator  —  Y Combinator's Paul Graham just gave a pretty good interview on Bloomberg TV about startups and the tech industry.  —  Graham, on top of being really smart, is also the most likable guy in Silicon Valley and very witty, so it's always worth watching him.
Discussion: ZDNet
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple releases GarageBand, iMovie for iPad  —  Originally scheduled to be released on Friday, Apple on Thursday released two new apps for iPad, GarageBand and iMovie.  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs demoed the apps during the introduction of the iPad 2 at a special event in San Francisco …
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IDC:
Nearly 18 Million Media Tablets Shipped in 2010 with Apple Capturing 83% Share; eReader Shipments Quadrupled to More Than 12 Million, According to IDC  —  According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker, 10.1 million media tablets …
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Apple changes purchases policy to protect kids on iPad, iPhone games  —  Apple said Thursday that it changed its policy for how purchases can be made within applications on the iPhone and iPad, an attempt to protect users, particularly children, from accidentally racking up iTunes charges.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Topsy raises another $15M for real-time search  —  Some of the excitement around real-time search seems to have died down recently — I'm no longer seeing hordes of startups embracing the term, and some of the most prominent companies that were active in the space have refocused.
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Why Everyone Is Talking About Node  —  On the 20th floor of a San Francisco skyscraper, a handful of developers are working on a new technology that's changing the way real-time web apps are built and how they scale.  This technology, called Node.js, is being hailed as “the new Ruby on Rails” by some in the developer community.
Vanessa Grigoriadis / Vanity Fair:
4chan's Chaos Theory  —  Founded in 2003 by 15-year-old Christopher Poole, 4chan, the online hangout for millions of young people, unwittingly spawned the group Anonymous, which sprang to the defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange last December, attacking and taking down MasterCard's and Visa's Web sites.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon.com Slammed With Lawsuit Over Instant Search Patent  —  When you go to Amazon.com and start typing in the top search box, you will automatically see a number of search suggestions for items on sale before you finish typing your query.  The company also offers such enhanced search …
Discussion: GeekWire and Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:robinwauters
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square's Jack Dorsey: VeriFone's Security Hole Allegation “Is Not A Fair Or Accurate Claim”  —  As we heard this morning, VeriFone CEO Doug Bergeron wrote an open letter to consumers and the industry, warning users of a “gaping security hole” in mobile payments startup (and competitor) Square's hardware.
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Ex-Googlers penetrating Silicon Valley startup hierarchy  —  It may be too soon to equate the Xooglers, as members of the ever-expanding network of ex-Google employees call themselves, with the “PayPal Mafia” — the founders and early employees of the online payment company who went on to start Yelp, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Discussion: p2pnet and @semilshah
Jonathan Betz / Software Rants & Other Miscellany:
Foursquare, Facebook, Founders, and Passion  —  Late in the summer of 2009, I was talking to a very successful entrepreneur at a tech industry meet-and-greet when Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare, came into the room, at which point the person I was talking to commented …
Discussion: GigaOM and Adotas
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
FCC: Chairman Julius Genachowski Has No Plans to Leave … NEW YORK — A close advisor to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski on Thursday shot down Washington chatterthat the agency's head may be on his way out.  —  “Chairman Genachowski is very happy at the FCC and is focused on harnessing …
 
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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Democrats ask Facebook founder Zuckerberg to keep lock on user info
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
SCVNGR Launches LevelUp to Compete With Groupon
Discussion: TechCrunch, Xconomy and Mashable!
Bloomberg:
HP CEO Apotheker, Board Faulted Over Appointment of Directors
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Woody Leonhard / InfoWorld:
Who wins in the Microsoft-Nokia $1 billion deal?
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Former DoubleClick Execs Create Groupon Competitor, But It's Not Exactly A Clone
Discussion: New York Times
Mariko Yasu / Bloomberg:
Sony Promotes Games-Division Chief Hirai as Possible Successor to Stringer
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Chinese Chip Makers May Need 20 Years to Catch Intel
Discussion: Techie Buzz and thinq_
Dominic Szablewski / PhobosLab:
The State of HTML5 Audio
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
HP's Puzzling WebOS Strategy
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Orange View
Richard J. Tofel / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Someday, the sun will set on SEO — and the business of news will be better for it
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