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2:00 PM ET, March 8, 2010

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Airs First iPad Commercial During Oscars, Steve Jobs at Event [Ad Video Posted]  —  Apple just aired their first iPad commercial during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.  A description of the ad by Doju:  —  The commercial was just on, depicted a person using the iPad on their lap …
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Tidbits from the iPad commercial: Book prices, My Documents (and phantom camera?)  —  During Apple's iPad commercial last night, we caught a glimpse of iBookstore pricing.  The prices seem to fall below hardcover books, audiobook, paperback prices and even Kindles's pricing.
Discussion: BetaNews and eWeek
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple kicks off iPad ad blitz at Oscars; Cash cow in the making?
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Fast Company
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Mediagazer is to Media as Techmeme is to Tech  —  Today we're launching our first new news vertical in almost four years: Mediagazer, which will focus on the content production and distribution business, organizing topics as wide as journalism, blogging, video production, e-books, and digital distribution technologies.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Mediagazer: Techmeme's Editors Will Help Us Watch The Death Of Print …
Maya Baratz / All Shook Down:
From Media Writer to Mediagazer: S.F.'s Megan McCarthy Launches Meta Aggregator
Discussion: valleywag
The Official Google Blog:
Statistics for a changing world: Google Public Data Explorer in Labs  —  Last year, we released a public data search feature that enables people to quickly find useful statistics in search.  More recently, we expanded this service to include information from the World Bank, such as population data for every region in the world.
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Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Google launches tool for searching public data  —  Google's Public Data Explorer can generate charts based on a list of popular queries, backed by official data.  —  (Credit: Screenshot by Tom Krazit/CNET)  —  Google is building on its partnership with the World Bank and other statistics gatherers …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
How Pandora Slipped Past the Junkyard  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Tim Westergren recently sat in a Las Vegas penthouse suite, a glass of red wine in one hand and a truffle-infused Kobe beef burger in the other, courtesy of the investment bankers who were throwing a party to court him.
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:   Pandora Could Hit $100 Million in Revenue for 2010
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Microsoft ‘takes on Goliath’ with Bing ads mocking Google  —  Microsoft's ‘Bing and decide’ campaign, starting on television this week, attacks ‘information overload’ of rival's results  —  Microsoft is to launch a multimillion-pound TV ad campaign for its search engine Bing …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
An Apple App Star Explains Why He Won't Work With Android  —  Smule's Jeff Smith is one of the app revolution's success stories.  His start-up has generated some of the biggest hits at Apple's iTunes app store, from novelty items like Sonic Lighter to more ambitious stuff like Leaf trombone.
Discussion: Technologizer and www.pocketgamer.biz, Thanks:atul
Electronista:
Verizon: 4G gets 12Mbps average, 50Mbps peak in real world  —  Verizon today expanded on some of the actual results for its expected 4G network.  After testing in the Boston and Seattle areas, the provider estimates that a real connection on a populated network should average between 5Mbps …
Tara Sims / Tilera Corporation:
Tilera Closes C-Round Financing With $25 Million  —  Tilera® Corporation, developer of breakthrough high-performance TILE™ family of multicore processors, today announced that is has closed out a $25 million series-C round of investment financing.  The round was oversubscribed …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Does the Cloud Need a Specialized Chip?
Discussion: TechCrunch
PC World:
Intel Investigating Sale of Fake Core I7 Chip  —  Intel acknowledged Monday that at least one counterfeit version of its Core i7-920 processor made its may into the U.S. market, and said it's trying to determine how many more are out there.  —  On Friday, hardware site HardOCP reported …
Discussion: The Toybox
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
NewEgg sells 300 counterfeit Core i7-920 CPUs, KIRFers pump their fists
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Buzz, Latitude May Be Integrated, Google Says  —  Google will try different points of integration between Google Latitude and the new Google Buzz for mobile application.  Because Google Buzz for mobile formed at the intersection of social and mobile, many industry watchers wondered …
Barry Collins / PC Pro:
Microsoft warns users off 64-bit Office 2010  —  Microsoft is advising its customers to install the 32-bit, rather than the 64-bit, version of Office 2010.  —  The advice is tucked away in an FAQ about the Office 2010 Tech Guarantee programme, which will ensure that buyers of Office 2007 …
Discussion: PC World and Hardware 2.0
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
Has business press lost touch with the tech industry?  —  A new report by ITDatabase that examines tech coverage over the last six months from eight top business news publications raises some questions, in particular: Does the business press factor companies' revenue and profits into their tech editorial agenda?
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
The First Ever Gloriously Big, Gloriously Detailed Shots of an iPad Game  —  There has been much talk about gaming on the iPad, but not a whole lot of delivery.  —  In fact, I can only think of one game that I know of that will be made specifically for the iPad: Trism Spinoff.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple's New Stance On ‘Cookie Cutter’ Apps: Add More Features Or Perish  —  In the wake of Apple's sudden decision to remove nearly all “sexy” applications from the App Store, we've been hearing that the company is also clamping down on so-called “cookie-cutter” applications …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why Google keeps your data forever, tracks you with ads  —  Not many companies could get away with defending controversial data retention practices by saying that the data is needed to “learn from good guys, fight off bad guys, [and] invent the future.”  But that's how Google sees itself …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
At GDC, iPhone game development breaks out  —  This year, for the fist time, the Game Developers Conference, which commences Tuesday in San Francisco, will feature a two-day summit dedicated to iPhone games.  —  If you had any doubts that the iPhone must now be considered one of the world's …
Discussion: VentureBeat and gdconf.com
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Appcelerator revs up its Titanium platform for app development  —  More than a year after Appcelerator first released an open source platform for developing desktop and smartphone applications, the Mountain View, Calif. startup is finally unveiling Titanium 1.0, the first version that's ready for general availability.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Forrester Forecast: Online Retail Sales Will Grow To $250 Billion By 2014  —  Online retail sales aren't growing at the torrid pace they once were, but they continue to grow steadily.  Forrester Research put out a new five-year forecast today predicting that e-commerce sales in the U.S …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
100Mbps broadband may be closer than you think  —  If you're looking forward to a future of streaming movies, gargantuan Internet file exchanges, and other high-bandwidth activities, cheer up.  —  Broadband service providers in most of the major markets around the country will soon be able …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
The New York Times is hiring 12 techies and a social media whiz  —  While pundits climb over each other to predict the death of The New York Times Company, the NYT is looking to hire at least a dozen full-time software engineers and Web designers, plus one social media marketing manager.
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Counting patents: Apple, Google, HTC
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Cast Iron launches new platform to bridge cloud and on-site
Carmi Levy / BetaNews:
Suddenly Apple hates Wi-Fi
Discussion: Daring Fireball
The Huffington Post:
Amazon Reacts To Colorado Internet Sales Tax Measure By Firing …
Discussion: TechFlash and O'Reilly Radar
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
DataXu Raises $11M More for Ad-Buying Platform
Discussion: paidContent
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Gowalla debuts Travel Channel deal, Android app
Discussion: The Next Web and Mark Evans Tech
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TweetPhoto Gets More Social With Facebook, Twitter, And Foursquare …
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's Microsoft search pact: Dissecting the returns
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Sheriff for Web Ads Gets $10 Million
Discussion: AdExchanger.com and paidContent
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
China: We Are in Talks With Google.  Also, We Are Not in Talks With Google.
Discussion: Datamation, BetaNews, Digits and Macworld
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Blockbuster Won't Survive: CEO Says “Conservative Approach” Required For Digital
Discussion: NewTeeVee and DSLreports, Thanks:danrayburn
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Olive Telecom India announces AAA-powered handset