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7:35 AM ET, March 11, 2011

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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.
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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple May Sell 600,000 IPad 2s in Debut, Outpacing First Model  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) may sell 600,000 of the second version of the iPad when it debuts this weekend, extending the device's lead in a crowding market.  —  The iPad 2 goes on sale on Apple's website at 4 a.m. New York time …
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Sarah Rotman Epps / Forrester Blogs:
Why iPad 2 Won't Have Much Competition In 2011—Unless It's From Amazon  —  Forrester published a new report today making the call that the iPad challengers that have been announced so far—Android Honeycomb tablets from Motorola, Toshiba, and others, as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook and HP TouchPad …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Apple iPad 2 now available online in the US  —  A little ahead of the advertised official 1am PT launch time, Apple's iPad 2 has gone live today on the company's US store.  —  There are no surprises here of course - if you're after the wi-fi only model, it's $499 for the 16GB model …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
If You Bought Apple Stock Instead of Products  —  Let us pretend for a moment that the year is 1997 and you're in the market for a new laptop computer.  You want the top-of-the-line product at the time, so you opt for the newly released Apple Computer PowerBook G3 250 laptop.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Tokyo earthquake, tsunami puts data centers, cloud services at risk  —  Japan was reeling after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that slammed into Tokyo at midday local time.  As a result, much of the Pacific Ocean is under a tsunami warning.  The disaster comes as many tech giants …
Discussion: PC World and CNET News
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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.
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 …
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day Blog:
Pwn2Own 2011: BlackBerry falls to WebKit browser attack
Discussion: CrackBerry.com blogs and eWeek
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Why Nokia failed: ‘Wasted 2,000 man years’ on UIs that didn't work  —  For want of a nail, the Kingdom was lost?  —  When Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced that Nokia was abandoning its development of its own smartphone platforms and APIs, and betting the farm on somebody else's, many people asked why it was necessary.
Discussion: MobileCrunch and My Nokia Blog
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.
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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Instapaper 3.0 Is Out: You Can Now “Follow” Other Users
Discussion: TechCrunch
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Veteran Journos Out as AOL/HuffPo Cuts 900 Jobs  —  It's a bloodbath.  —  AOL, the beleaguered internet company, is cutting as many as 900 jobs, CEO Tim Armstrong announced Thursday, including as many as 200 editorial staffers in the United States.  The layoffs, which were expected …
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Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Amid 900 Layoffs, Just How Are AOL's Media Brands Doing?
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
E-Book Lending Takes Off  —  New Online Clubs That Let Readers Share Have Drawbacks but Worry Publishers  —  Electronic-book lending isn't just for friends anymore.  —  In the past few months, online clubs with such names as BookLending.com and Lendle.me have proliferated.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google contradicts own counsel in face of antitrust probe  —  Admits existence of search algorithm whitelists  —  Google has admitted that it uses whitelists to manually override its search algorithms, more than a year after its European corporate counsel denied the existence of whitelists …
Rafael Rivera / Within Windows:
Yahoo fixes their implementation of IMAP, finally  —  Back in January, I wrote about a Yahoo Mail issue that affected smartphones such as Windows Phone and the iPhone.  To quickly summarize, whenever a smartphone checked for new Yahoo mail, the server would transmit more information than needed.
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:
Discussion: Techie Buzz and Examiner
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Dell's Number Two In The PC Market Again, Thanks To The iPad  —  Having languished in third place behind Hewlett-Packard and Acer for some time, Dell finally scrambled its way back to the PC market's number two spot during the fourth quarter of 2010, a new survey by research firm iSuppli says.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Amazon Ditches Illinois Affiliates (Including Roger Ebert) To Avoid Web Tax  —  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Thursday that will require Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) and other internet retailers that use “affiliates” in the state to start paying the state's 6.25 percent sales tax.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
New XML Standard for Super-Fast, Lightweight Applications Announced by W3C  —  From embedded sensors to high-frequency stock trading to everyday mobile web applications, the race is on for technologists to build the most efficient systems for quickly streaming large sets of data from one device to another.
Discussion: The Register, InfoWorld and W3C News, Thanks:marshallk
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why we need to get rid of anonymous comments.  —  Once or twice a week, I get a letter taking me to task for Slate's commenting policy.  The reader wants to tell me that I suck, but he doesn't want to log in to Slate's comment system using his credentials for Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or Twitter.
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: ReadWriteWeb
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Need Advice on What to Read?  Ask the Internet  —  Netflix uses a software algorithm to recommend movies and Zappos uses one to recommend shoes.  Now Goodreads, the social network for book lovers, is introducing an algorithm to recommend books.  —  Goodreads was started in 2006 for people who wanted to talk about books online.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:blogfisher
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Beyond Facebook, SecondMarket Opens Its Doors to Thousands  —  The marketplace for private Internet companies is about to get a bit more crowded.  —  SecondMarket, an exchange for alternative investments, will introduce a new trading platform on Friday that will integrate social media …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NYTimes: When We Do It, It's Journalism, When HuffPo Does It, It's ‘Piracy’  —  We regularly see established newspaper journalists look down on the world of sites that add value to news by assuming that aggregating, commenting on and providing context for news first reported by others is somehow a “lesser” product.
 
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Shraddha Nair / Wall Street Journal:
Intel Capital Plans to Invest 2 Billion Rupees in Indian Tech Companies
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Neil McAllister / InfoWorld:
Adobe's Flash-to-HTML5 translator: Smart but not pretty
Himank Sharma / Reuters:
Online game company Zynga to double India staff this year
Discussion: The Next Web and Reuters
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Start-Ups Are in a Rush to Bring the Chat Room to the Smartphone
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Emily Banks / Mashable!:
YouTube To Expand Staff by 30%
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