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9:00 AM ET, March 13, 2011

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Hello, I must be going  —  It's hard to believe that I'm currently writing the words I seem to be writing, though a casual stock-taking of my senses dictates that it must be true.  Here I am, at my computer, typing letters one by one into a plain text document, rolling along through …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Engadget's Top Editors Topolsky and Patel Exit From AOL's Giant Tech Site  —  Josh Topolsky, the editor-in-chief of Engadget, is leaving the AOL-owned property, which one of the largest tech news sites on the Web.  —  Also departing is Managing Editor Nilay Patel, said sources.
Peter Rojas / @peterrojas:   Best of luck to @joshuatopolsky and @reckless, there is life after Engadget!
Arn / MacRumors:
iPad 2: GPU Benchmarked with Impressive Gains  —  Anandtech has determined the iPad GPU to be the PowerVR SGX543MP2, a more advanced dual-core version of the PowerVR GPU found in the original iPad and iPhone 4. … They found that the new graphics processor offered over 3-5x the speed in simple geometry tests over the original iPad.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is your iPad 2 backlight bleeding? (video)  —  Now that many of you have collected and used your second generation iPad tablets for a few hours, we're starting to see the inevitable reports of defects.  Thus far, two issues have bubbled to the surface.  The first issue …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
How to Activate the Best Secret Feature In Your iPad  —  Your new iPad—and old too, with iOS 4.3—has a new hidden feature that Apple doesn't want you to know about: Extra multi-touch gestures that completely changes the iPad experience—for the best.  More »
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:
Flickr Cites “Community Guidelines” For Censorship of Egyptian Blogger's Photos  —  TechCrunch is reporting that Flickr has cited “Community Guidelines” for censoring an Egyptian blogger's uploaded photos of Egyptian Secret Police.  The photos in question were originally uploaded by Hossam Hamalawy …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Twitter Should Think Twice About Bulldozing the Ecosystem  —  In another shot fired across the bow of the Twitter ecosystem — or another volley in the ongoing Twitter wars of 2011 — the company has come out with new terms on which all developers must operate, which makes it clear …
Discussion: @cdixon, @joestump and Regular Geek
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Adam Bryant / New York Times:
Google's Quest to Build a Better Boss  —  IN early 2009, statisticians inside the Googleplex here embarked on a plan code-named Project Oxygen.  —  Their mission was to devise something far more important to the future of Google Inc. than its next search algorithm or app.  —  They wanted to build better bosses.
Discussion: Entrepreneur Watch
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Bing Apologizes For Japan Quake Tweet  —  Bing has just apologized on Twitter for a tweet earlier today that many viewed as a way to gain exposure in the name of raising money for victim's of Friday's earthquake in Japan.  —  The apology reads as follows:
Discussion: @bing, Thanks:mattmcgee
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Bing sees backlash for Japan quake Twitter donation campaign
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple now taking Red Cross donations through iTunes for Japan relief fund  —  Apple has opened up a new portal in the iTunes Store to take donations for the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief fund.  Users who wish to donate can donate in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 increments.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Zynga Enables Donations To Tsunami Relief Through In-Game Purchases
Thanks:danidudeck
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:   Mobile Giving: A List Of Shortcodes To Donate To Japan
Kellex / Droid Life:
WiFi-only Galaxy Tab Launching April 4 for $399?  —  One of our posse members was hanging out at a technology fair today and it just so happened to include a Samsung rep who was quick to hand out the flyer above which shows that the wifi-only Galaxy Tab version should be out by April 4.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Chrome 12 Will Drop Support for Google Gears  —  While most Chrome users have been upgraded to Chrome 10, Google is fixing the bugs from Chrome 11 and working on Chrome 12.  A recent Chromium build made a significant change: Gears is no longer included in Google Chrome.
Discussion: Gears API Blog and thechromesource
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Despite the Quake, Japan's Internet Connections Are Going Strong  —  While the damage and casualties in Japan are still being assessed one bit of good news concerning the events in that country is that one key piece of infrastructure has managed to stay up and running despite the massive earthquake and tsunami waves: The Internet.
Discussion: New York Times
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Dave Kellogg / Kellblog:
An Amazing Story about Twitter and the Japan Earthquake
 
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New York Times:
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