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6:00 PM ET, March 22, 2011

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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Now Open: Amazon Appstore Launches With 3,800 Apps for Android  —  Amazon has officially launched the Android Appstore, a potential iTunes equivalent for Android.  —  The company-whose roots are in e-commerce and not mobile-aspires to merchandise and sell apps better than Google does on its own platform.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Android App Store Launches: Test Drive Apps Directly From Your Browser  —  This morning Amazon is officially launching its Android App Store — a storefront for apps that will compete directly with Google's official Android Market.  We first broke the news about the impending App Store …
Rahsheen / Black Web 2.0:
Amazon Appstore Launches with Daily Paid Apps for Free
Discussion: IntoMobile, Engadget, BlogsDNA, SAI and GigaOM
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and new Galaxy Tab 10.1 hands-on: thinner than the iPad 2, dual-core power, TouchWiz 4.0  —  You know who took the iPad 2 launch pretty seriously?  Samsung, that's who.  Just as we had heard, the company's executives were impressed by Apple's ability to slim down its tablet and …
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Apple:
iPad 2 Arrives in 25 More Countries This Friday  —  Available in Hong Kong, Korea & Singapore in April  —  Apple® today announced that iPad® 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. iPad 2 will be available …
Bloomberg:
Apple's Jobs Must Answer Questions in ITunes Antitrust Suit  —  A federal magistrate judge ordered Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs to answer questions in an antitrust dispute alleging the company operated a music-downloading monopoly.  —  Lawyers for consumers who filed …
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John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:   Steve Jobs To Undergo 2 Hours “Limited Questioning” on 2004 Apple/RealNetworks DRM Spat
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone 7 “NoDo” update now available  —  Microsoft has started to distribute its first full Windows Phone 7 update.  —  The company began pushing out “NoDo” to devices on Tuesday after a number of device ROMs leaked to the Internet early.  Microsoft's first Windows Phone 7 platform …
Justin Moore / Foursquare Engineering Blog:
Building a recommendation engine, foursquare style  —  Last summer, foursquare's employee count had grown a bit beyond our office capacity (as we surged towards 20 employees) and we had people sitting in whatever open space we could find.  We were split between floors, parked on folding tables, and crammed into couches and loveseats.
The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Launches Firefox 4 and Delivers a Fast, Sleek and Customizable Browsing Experience to More Than 400 Million Users Worldwide  —  Mozilla, a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Web better, is proud to release Mozilla Firefox 4, the newest version of the popular, free and open source Web browser.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Court rejects Google Books settlement  —  A New York federal district court has rejected the controversial settlement in a class-action suit brought against Google Books by the Authors' Guild, a publishing industry trade group.  —  “While the digitization of books and the creation …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
U.S. Senators ask Apple to pull police evasion apps  —  A group of U.S. senators is calling on Apple to remove applications that alert users to the presence of police and other law enforcement checkpoints that have been set up to combat drunk driving.  —  U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Asks Twitter to Shut Down Paywall Dodgers  —  There are plenty of ways to tunnel under or through The New York Times's new online paywall, but if you're not careful about how you do it, the Times will shut you down.  —  That's what's about to happen to FreeNYTimes …
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
That was quick: Four lines of code is all it takes for The New York Times' paywall to come tumbling down
Arn / MacRumors Page 2:
iPad 2: Wife Says No, but Apple Says Yes  —  Apple is paying close attention to all iPad 2 returns during the first few weeks to make sure there are no major production defects.  This policy has led to an amusing story that we thought was entertaining enough to share.
Discussion: RazorianFly, Macworld UK and WebProNews
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Verizon Wireless CEO says no interest in Sprint deal  —  (Reuters) - The chief executive of Verizon Wireless said he has no interest in buying Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N) even as the company stands to lose its top position in the U.S. wireless market because of a merger between AT&T Inc (T.N) and T-Mobile USA.
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Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
Sparks Fly Over AT&T-T-Mobile Deal As Wireless CEOs Trade Jabs
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Sprint's HTC EVO 3D hands-on!  —  Sprint just announced the HTC EVO 3D, its latest 4G WiMAX smartphone with a 3D-spin, and we had some time to sit down to check out the device first-hand.  In one word: Amazing.  The EVO 3D's 4.3-inch 3D display is incredible to look at while displaying 3D images and video.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sprint makes EVO View 4G tablet official: 1.5GHz, WiMAX, 7-inch screen, and a stylus to boot
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Begins Culling Content Sites  —  AOL will begin rolling out its plans to overhaul its panoply of content sites as early as today, a key part of its integration with the Huffington Post, sources familiar with the situation said.  —  AOL CEO Tim Armstrong will be sending out an internal memo …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Gets An Absurd Patent For Its “Google Doodles”  —  If you needed any more proof that the U.S. patent system is totally out of control, here it is: after ten years of lobbying, Google was granted a patent on Google Doodles this morning.  —  Doodles are the customized version …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Apple hits adult ‘app store’ MiKandi with cease-and-desist over trademark  —  Amazon.com isn't the only company being targeted by Apple for using the phrase “app store” in conjunction with its Android marketplace.  Seattle-based MiKandi, which bills itself as “the world's first app store for adults …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Thanks:johnhcook
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
RIM Reveals BlackBerry PlayBook Versions, Pricing (Starts At $499), Retail Partners  —  In case you were holding out for a BlackBerry PlayBook: good news.  Research In Motion this morning announced (expected) plans to make the tablet computer available in more than 20,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Sparrow for Mac finally gets general IMAP support, multitouch  —  Sparrow 1.1 is now available via the Mac App Store, finally bringing promised compatibility with IMAP accounts from MobileMe, Yahoo, and AOL in addition to any general IMAP server.  Developers Dominique Leca and Dihn Viêt Hoà …
Discussion: TechCrunch, PC World and TUAW
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to release new iMacs with Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt by early May  —  Apple may release a new line of iMac all-in-one desktop computers by the end of April or the first week of May with Sandy Bridge processors and the new high-speed Thunderbolt port, but no major cosmetic changes, according to a new rumor.
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Hands on Opera Mobile 11, Opera Mini 6  —  Opera Mobile 11 is optimized for tablets.  We tried it out on the Motorola Xoom.  —  Opera announced last week that it would launch two new mobile browsers at CTIA—Opera Mobile 11 and Opera Mini 6—but when it came to new and enhanced features, it mostly kept quiet.
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Comcast Looking To Sell thePlatform, Rumor That KIT Digital Is The Likely Buyer  —  In 2006, Comcast acquired thePlatform for what was rumored to be about a $70M acquisition.  (Note: I've never seen that number verified.)  Now five years later, multiple sources are telling me that Comcast …
 
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J. Bonasia / Investor's Business Daily:
Netflix Embraces Amazon's Cloud For Critical Services
Christine Negroni / New York Times:
Tracking Your Wi-Fi Trail at the Airport
Discussion: Techland and Switched
David Kaplan / paidContent:
WSJ Launching Single-Issue Downloads For iPad
Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
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Bill Ray / The Register:
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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Larry Page almost skipped web search for automated cars
Chris Dixon / cdixon's posterous:
Dropbox and why you should invest in people
New York Times:
China Tightens Censorship of Electronic Communications
Discussion: SAI