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5:50 PM ET, March 11, 2011


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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Online iPad 2 orders from Apple estimated to ship in 2-3 weeks [u]  —  Apple on Friday began accepting orders online for the iPad 2, and the first buyers were told to expect the tablet to ship within two to three weeks [updated].  —  While initial orders were said to ship in two to three days …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
iPad 2 Lines Across The Land: They Actually Exist  —  Apple's iPad 2 goes on sale today at 5 p.m. local time across the United States.  —  Apple's decision not to allow pre-orders is working: Lines are already forming, and in some cities, are becoming rather long.
iPad 2 goes on sale in US, early online orders shipping
Discussion: MacNN
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Drops The Ecosystem Hammer: Don't Try To Compete With Us On Clients, Focus On Data And Verticals  —  For much of the past year, the Twitter ecosystem has been in a state of flux.  Ever since Twitter bought Tweetie and turned it into their own native iPhone app, third-party developers …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Twitter's new developer roadmap  —  Ryan Sarver works at Twitter.  He just posted a new developer roadmap, a few minutes ago.  In it are all the things I was expecting:  —  1. If you make a Twitter client, you have a bit of time to get out of that business.  If you were thinking about writing one, don't.
Discussion: MacStories and Threat Level
Tim Hornyak / CNET News:
Twitter, Facebook vital as Japan cell networks jam  —  Japanese are using social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and Mixi as cell phone networks are jammed following the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northern Japan on Friday, killing at least 300 and leaving nearly 500 missing.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
‘Massive damage’ from Japan quake hits communications  —  Carriers set up text bulletin boards to connect travelers, relatives abroad  —  Computerworld - Japan's 8.9-magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsumani it sent across the Pacific on Friday killed hundreds of people …
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Online resources for Japan quake info
Daniel Cawrey / thechromesource:
Chrome VP: No More Cr-48s, Chrome OS Devices This Summer  —  Google has been very tight-lippped about the supply of Cr-48s, who they are going to and when shipments will stop.  But in a tweet sent out by VP of Product Management Sundar Pichai, the shipment of Cr-48s to users is over …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Nokia: Transition to Windows Phone to take about two years  —  Nokia filed on March 11 a form 20-F with the Securities and Exchange Commission which mentions a number of new tidbits about Nokia's smartphone-centric partnership with Microsoft.  —  The document confirms that Microsoft …
David Hatch /
Google's Tarnished Chrome  —  The search and advertising company once seemed to do no wrong.  Now members of Congress aren't so sure.  —  Reps. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Texas, cochairmen of the Bipartisan Privacy Caucus and longtime members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, don't agree on much.
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose, Thanks:ethanklapper
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 Design Images with Larger Edge-to-Edge Screen?  —  iDealsChina claims to have engineering diagrams of the new iPhone 5.  The images look pretty much like an iPhone 4 with the exception of a larger screen which seems to take up a larger portion of the front face.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Disqus to Facebook: “We Aren't Shaking In Our Boots”  —  Last night, reading a TechCrunch profile of the weeks-old startup Zaarly, it was possible to imagine that the company — whose mobile app connects people with things that they don't have the time or resources to secure themselves - could be the next Foursquare.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Expands @ Mention Tagging to Comments  —  Facebook users can now tag their friends, Pages, Groups, and Events in comments to news feed stories and wall posts to create linked mentions.  This will help users carry on conversations with other commenters and allow them to easily reference different entities on Facebook.
Inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: AirDrop local file sharing  —  Mac OS X 10.7 Lion introduces a new feature in the Finder named AirDrop, designed for easy file sharing between nearby systems.  —  AirDrop has nothing in common with DropBox, a cloud-based file sharing service more akin to iDisk.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
They Grow Up So Fast - Foursquare Hit With Its First Patent Infringement Suit  —  It's part of the ritual for tech companies who achieve a certain status in the world this day and age, whether riding solely on the waves of hype or by making a ton of money, to get targeted by trigger-happy patent owners at one point or another.
Tim Robbins / NaviGadget:
FCC has had enough with GPS and cell jammers  —  Did you know US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in February announced [pdf] that they were going to step up their enforcement against GPS jammer devices?  They want everyone to know that marketing, sale, and use of cellphone and GPS jammers is illegal.
Antonio Flores / Adobe Flash Player Team Blog:
Update on Flash Player 10.2 for mobile devices  —  Today we are happy to announce that Flash Player 10.2 will be available for download via Android Market on March 18th.  Flash Player 10.2 is a production GA (General Availability) release for Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Tilt-Shift And A News Feed, Instagram Is Ready To Rock SXSW  —  For all the talk of group messaging apps being the breakout hits at SXSW this year, most people are overlooking another genre: mobile photo-sharing apps.  But that's probably because a few of those apps already are pretty big hits.
John Leyden / The Register:
Apple bans iPhone 3G patch omission talk from forum  —  Policy talk is off limits, sunshine  —  A Reg reader who brought up Apple's decision to exclude the iPhone 3G and other older devices from its latest security update on an official forum has received a firm rebuke for his effort.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Computerworld
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day Blog:
Charlie Miller wins Pwn2Own again with iPhone 4 exploit  —  VANCOUVER — Charlie Miller kept his Pwn2Own winning streak intact with another successful hack of an Apple product.  —  Miller (right), renowned for his work breaking into MacBook machines with Safari vulnerabilities and exploits …
Instapaper Blog:
Instapaper 3.0 is here!  —  Instapaper 3.0 for iPhone and iPad is now available in the App Store, and I've updated the Instapaper website to include many of its new features as well.  This is the biggest update Instapaper has ever had in one version, and I'm proud to finally show it to you.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft idea: Dating service for people with a ‘source of shame’ ... like comic books  —  A newly surfaced Microsoft patent filing proposes an online matchmaking service that would have users confidentially tell the system about their “private affinities” — stuff that might cause them shame if listed on their public profiles.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Path Gets “FriendRank” and a Revenue Stream  —  Path, a smartphone-based social network startup, has a new trick up its sleeve: identifying your closest friends.  —  The app, which debuted in November, was designed to let users share photos and everyday events with a set of friends and family that's currently capped at 50.
Discussion: TechCrunch, SAI, CNET News and The Next Web
RockMelt Blog:
No more waiting in line - RockMelt now in Open Beta!  —  That's right - RockMelt can now be downloaded without an invitation!  —  Since launching in private beta in November 122 days ago, we've been hard at work improving RockMelt and creating the best user experience possible.
Discussion: Pulse2
Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
Apple's Jobs Razzes Chip Partner Samsung  —  The South Korean conglomerate makes the speedy chips in Apple's mobile devices but can't create a hit of its own  —  Steve Jobs likes to poke bears.  The Apple (AAPL) chief executive officer has ribbed the likes of IBM (IBM), Google (GOOG), Adobe (ADBE), and Microsoft (MSFT).
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer: 40% Of Google Maps Usage Is Mobile (And There Are 150 Million Mobile Users)  —  Today at a SXSW talk, Google VP Marissa Mayer took the stage to talk about location — mobile location, in particular.  The theme isn't a surprise since Mayer recently shifted her role …
Robin Schriebman / Gmail Blog:
Click to call phone numbers  —  With the ability to call phones built right into Gmail, you no longer have to get out your phone and retype a number anytime someone send you one in an email or chat message.  Starting today, you'll see that phone numbers appear as links, like this:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Music Startup Rdio Pushes Play Button For API, Affiliate Program
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Rackspace releases new open source iPad/iPhone app for sys admins to run their Web empire, first look
Discussion: GigaOM, WebProNews and building43, Thanks:greenisus
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
After Amazon, Masterobjects Takes Google To Court Over Instant Search Patent
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
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Amazon Ditches Illinois Affiliates (Including Roger Ebert) To Avoid Web Tax

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