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5:10 AM ET, March 12, 2010

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Michael Rose / TUAW:
How soon is now?  Pre-order timing for iPad confirmed, 5:30 am PT  —  We've had more than a few inbound requests today, via email and Twitter, asking a slightly obsessive but completely understandable question: When can I pre-order my freakin' iPad?  —  True to form, the simple answer of …
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Kelli B. Grant / SmartMoney:
Should You Pre-Order an iPad?  —  OWNING A CUTTING-EDGE gadget has a certain cool factor, but early adopters rarely get a great deal.  Some observers say Apple's (AAPL) new iPad, available to pre-order Friday for an April 3 release, isn't likely to be an exception — though there will probably …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, The Loop and TUAW
AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 4.0 software to deliver multitasking support  —  Apple this summer will go a long way towards silencing critics and catering to one of the most prevalent demands of its iPhone user base, when it introduces a multitasking solution through the handset's 4. software update …
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Chris Nguyen / Google Mobile Blog:
In stock nearby?  Look for the blue dots.  —  Vic Gundotra, VP of Engineering, demonstrated last December a preview version of Product Search for mobile with local inventory, which lets you see right in your search results whether items are in stock at nearby stores.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:   Milo's Response To Google's Blue Dot Specials: A Picture
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Cuts Milo At The Knees With Its Blue Dot Specials
Discussion: Gizmodo
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Incredible out in the wild once more, Verizon color scheme alive and well  —  Android Forums is alight today with fresh HTC Incredible chatter — a phone every Android fan on Verizon is desperately waiting for — and we've managed to glean a few more pictures and possible specs out of the mess.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Verizon Wireless' tech chief says unlimited Internet access ‘has to change,’ echoing AT&T [Corrected]  —  The two largest U.S. wireless carriers agree that the days of unlimited Internet cellphone access are numbered.  —  A week after AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said the telecom industry …
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Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
The Mobile Broadband Speed Tax: Got $23 for a Hulu Episode?
Discussion: Engadget and MobileBurn.com, Thanks:mspoonauer
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Why Google Android is winning  —  The global smartphone market is still RIM's to lose, with Apple in the pole position to profit from its mistakes.  But new ComScore data on the U.S. smartphone market suggest that both should be worried by what they see in their rear-view mirrors:
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Overdoing the interface metaphor  —  We're often told that we should design our websites and software to mimic real-life objects.  The iPhone strengthened this idiom, and Apple has been driving this home hard for the iPad.  —  But it's not absolute, and it's not always the best idea.
Lauren Weinstein / Lauren Weinstein's Blog:
Why I'm Skeptical of the FCC's Call for User Broadband Testing  —  Greetings.  The FCC has issued a call for Internet users to test their broadband connections and report the results back to the FCC for analysis.  —  After inspecting the associated site and testing tools …
Discussion: Epicenter
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Reinhardt Krause / IBD Click:
FCC Makes It Easy To Test Broadband Connections
Discussion: Computerworld and BoomTown
Appslice:
Apple's eBooks will be much more organized than Apps  —  TrakPal V2 iSatFinder Coordinates CycleTracks iNomad Found in Haiti Locate Me!  GPS Meeting Point  —  When Apple's eBook Store opens next month iPad owners will have a lot of categories to browse.
Discussion: FierceMobileContent
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Biz / Twitter Blog:
What's Happening—and Where?  —  Every day, millions of tweets are created.  These little bursts of information are about anything and everything—they make Twitter a hub for discovering what's happening right now, anywhere in the world.  A recent burst of interest in location sharing applications …
Derek Kerton / Techdirt:
Skype Deliberately Crippling Functionality of iPhone and WinMo and Verizon Apps?  —  There's something anti-competitive afoot in the ‘VoIP over 3G’ space this year.  Let me run you through a timeline, and see if you can't spot the dirty pool:  — Skype has had a highly functional VoIP client …
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Go Rumors:
Qualcomm's Multi-Fold Device Can Replace Your iPad And iPhone  —  In digital media circles, there are traditionally three screens for user consumption : the TV, mobile phone and desktop.  This conventionality is seen to be the primary reason why manufacturers were not comfortable in developing …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
JooJoo hits the FCC, reveals NVIDIA Ion, 3G card  —  Well well.  We'd always suspected that the JooJoo tablet was hiding something extra to run HD video and Flash, and it's just hit the FCC with full documentation and a teardown confirming that there's an NVIDIA Ion GPU paired with an Atom N270 packed inside.
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Mozilla begins testing Account Manager for Firefox to simplify web logins  —  Mozilla's developers are busily crafting all kinds of features for future versions of Firefox — Jetpack's no-restart add-on functionality,out of process plugins, a bigger, badder JavaScript engine.
Discussion: Mashable!, Techie Buzz and Mozilla Labs
Lucie Morillon / Reporters Without Borders:
Web 2.0 versus Control 2.0  —  The fight for free access to information is being played out to an ever greater extent on the Internet.  The emerging general trend is that a growing number of countries are attemptimg to tighten their control of the Net, but at the same time …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Xbox Takes U.S. Console-Sales Lead After 2 Years, Surpassing Wii  —  Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 beat Nintendo Co.'s Wii and Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 last month to become the best-selling video-game console in the U.S. for the first time in more than two years, helped by the release of the “BioShock 2” shooting title.
Paul Hochman / nook and BN eReader Blog:
eBooks: B&N eReader for iPad Coming Soon  —  We've been getting lots of questions from customers, so we wanted to confirm that we will soon be adding a new B&N eReader for iPad - continuing to fulfill our promise of providing consumers any book, any time, any where.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Finally, a Major New Reason to Use Blogger: Easy Custom Templates  —  At this point, blogging has been around so long that there's nothing extraordinary about almost anyone-from an eleven-year-old to a grandma-having his or her own blog.  One basic thing about blogging, however …
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Pete Hopkins / Blogger in Draft:
The Blogger Template Designer
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Starbucks Fans Can Become ‘Baristas’ on Foursquare  —  Beginning Thursday, latte addicts who visit Starbucks outlets can get more than just a caffeine fix.  They will also be rewarded on Foursquare with a barista badge.  —  Location-based mobile services like Foursquare are at the cutting edge …
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Reuters to Journalists: Don't Break News on Twitter  —  Last night, Reuters released their social media policy, which includes instructing journalists to avoid exposing bias online and tells them specifically not to “scoop the wire” by breaking stories on Twitter.
Discussion: Reuters
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
President Obama Discusses Three Strikes Anti-Piracy Law  —  For years the entertainment industry has been lobbying for tougher measures against online piracy.  In France this has resulted in the implementation of a 'three strikes and you're offline' regime and many other countries are considering similar measures.
Discussion: Guardian and DSLreports, Thanks:keithdsouza
 
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
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Discussion: USA Today
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
How Google directed its search ads firehose at mobile
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
App Store who?  Android Market what? …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Macsimum News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Plancast iPhone App is Live & It is Good
Discussion: TechCrunch and All Shook Down
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
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Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Nokia Is Coming to America — Still
Discussion: paidContent
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Launches Lifestream As New Standalone Product. …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Katie Hoffmann / Bloomberg:
Obama's $79 Billion Tech Plan May Favor Web Programs
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
BBC:
Pink Floyd win EMI court ruling