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12:35 AM ET, March 15, 2011

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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Stop Releasing New Zune Models as Demand Ebbs  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will cease introducing new versions of the Zune music and video-player amid tepid demand, helping the company shift its focus to mobile phones, according to a person familiar with the decision.
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Apple Bitch:
Apple Stores To Open Early On Tuesday For iPad Sales (Updated)  —  We've received reports this morning that Apple will be opening Retail Stores one hour early tomorrow for iPad sales.  While no official announcement has been forthcoming from Apple, anecdotal reports from shoppers across …
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple says demand for iPad 2 is ‘amazing’  —  Apple on Monday said demand for the iPad 2 during its first weekend on sale was “amazing.”  —  “Demand for the next generation iPad 2 has been amazing,” Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller, told The Loop.  “We are working hard to get iPad 2 …
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
#numbers  —  Five years ago this week, a small team of people started working on a prototype of the service that we now know as Twitter.  On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey (@jack) sent the first Tweet.  —  Today, on every measure of growth and engagement, Twitter is growing at a record pace.
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Twitter Numbers: Cool, But How Many Users Does It Actually Have?
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Internet Explorer 9 launches tonight, we've got your early look (update: it's out)  —  Yes, we know it's PI day, but don't tell the guys and gals at Microsoft — we hear they're celebrating something a little different.  That's right, the long-awaited IE9 browser is finally coming out of its beta …
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Wall Street Journal:   Microsoft Adds Do-Not-Track Tool to Browser
Kevin Rose Blogg:
Apple's Role in Japan during the Tohoku Earthquake  —  Wow, this email is from a friend of mine that works for Apple in Japan... makes me happy Apple went the extra mile here, check out his story below:  —  Dear Alex L, David, & Kevin,  —  Hi this is XXXXX in Japan.
Macworld:
Tablet camera tests: iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab  —  Odds are, if you ask anyone waiting in line for an iPad 2, they'll list plenty of reasons why they're lusting after Apple's latest camera-equipped tablet.  —  According to our lab tests, image quality isn't going to be one of them.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flickr Burning As Yahoo Fiddles: Head Of Service Walks Away  —  When you ask Yahoo who is in charge of Flickr, they always point to one man: Matthew Rothenberg.  Well, technically, there are people at Yahoo above him in charge of the group of products that Flickr is in (Applications Division).
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's 15 Biggest Acquisitions And What Happened To Them  —  Google has a reputation as an innovative company, but in fact it owes a lot of its success to acquisitions.  —  Google basically bought AdSense, the paid search platform that made it a financial powerhouse, from Applied Semantics in 2003.
Tim Chaten / App Advice:
iPad 2 Beats Out MacBook Pros In iMovie Speed Tests!  —  Now that iMovie has made its way onto our iPads, you may be curious to see just how well it performs.  We were just as curious.  The question we want to answer is this: If I am going to be shooting video on the road, what portable machine do I bring to edit/encode videos?
Discussion: Gizmodo, GottaBeMobile and iClarified
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Leo Apotheker lays out his strategy for first time as HP CEO  —  Leo Apotheker, chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, articulated his company's strategy to make the shift from its dominant position in computing and enterprise hardware to playing a role in the emerging smartphone, tablet and cloud computing markets of today.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DRAMA IN TWITTERLAND: Featuring Kleiner Perkins, John Doerr And A Dentist  —  “Kleiner Perkins Already Selling Its Twitter Stock” reads one headline on SAI from Friday, alleging that venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has been selling Twitter stock that they bought only a couple of months ago.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
How AT&T Totally Flubbed 4G  —  AT&T is lying about 4G.  Shamelessly.  The company's two “4G” phones and its “4G” modem don't deliver 4G even by AT&T's own wishy-washy standards.  Unfortunately, there's no such thing as the 4G police, and AT&T is going to get away with debasing the term …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
The Sidekick is Dead.  Long Live the Sidekick.  T-Mobile Aims to Reinvent the Original Smartphone  —  Just a couple weeks after announcing plans to kill-off the old Danger-based Sidekick service, T-Mobile is ready with some details on its first Android-based model.
Wall Street Journal:
Rush to Fix Quake-Damaged Undersea Cables  —  BEIJING—Asia's major telecom operators scrambled Monday to eliminate the impact on their operations from damage to several submarine cables following the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  —  Many operators were reporting some disruptions …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
In Japan, Many Undersea Cables Are Damaged
Discussion: Light Reading and @rjhintz
AndroidHD:
Introducing The New Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1  —  Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is your ultimate entertainer, delivering multimedia tablet experience at the grandest scale ever  —  Watch Full HD movies, take 8MP photos, and play games or surf Flash websites on the large 10.1" display and dual surround sound speakers
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Mike hit the jackpot  —  Mike Arrington wrote a milestone piece yesterday saying Google wouldn't make the mistake of overhyping whatever new thing it may or may not be cooking up to compete with Facebook.  —  Important thought.  —  I don't think I've ever seen this happen, in any cycle I've been witness to.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Finally, a Startup Visa That Works  —  In my last post about the Startup Visa, I was very critical of the Kerry-Lugar legislation.  That's because it required immigrant entrepreneurs to raise at least $250,000 in financing for their startups, of which $100,000 had to come from American VCs or Super Angels.
Kyle Thibaut / CrunchGear:
Apples To Apples: Apple Inc. Files For Apple Corps' Old Apple Logo Trademark  —  The legal dispute between Apple Corps and Apple Inc. for the rights to the Apple logo are far reaching.  Since the first case back in 1978, Apple Inc. has slowly whittled away at Apple Corp's initial legal …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google teases slick new Blogger interface, mobile themes and content discovery tool  —  Google's Blogger is one of the grand old daddies of blog platforms and while remaining widely used, there's no doubt that the interface itself is looking a bit tired these days.
 
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
An Open Letter to Jon Bon Jovi On What's Really “Killing The Music Business”
Discussion: Cult of Mac, Engadget, 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo, Thanks:horwitz
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Will Congress Push Google To Tweak Its Algorithm To Punish Pirate Sites?
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Firefox Maker: ‘Do Not Track’ Likely to Be Regulated
Discussion: Electronista
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Facebook's Comments Box now supports AOL accounts
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
First LTE phone, HTC Thunderbolt, coming to Verizon on Thursday
Aki Kuusela / The WebM Open Media Project Blog:
Introducing “Anthill,” the First VP8 Hardware Encoder IP Release
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds Mac OS X 10.6.7 Build 10J869 to Developers
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Etsy users irked after buyers, purchases exposed to the world
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Zynga Rolls Out New Virtual Currency in Addition to Facebook Credits
Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Is Anonymous The New WikiLeaks?  —  After defending WikiLeaks late …
Andrew Wansley / Google Code Blog:
Making auth easier: OAuth 2.0 for Google APIs
Discussion: ReadWriteHack, Thanks:chrismessina
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Amazon Appstore gets Angry Birds Rio exclusive
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iPad 2′s Smart Cover Teardown
 

 
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