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10:30 AM ET, March 12, 2010

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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple limits iPad preorders to two per customer  —  Apple on Friday began accepting preorders for its multimedia iPad — both the Wi-Fi and 3G models — with reservations limited to two per customer and free hardware delivery on the April 3 launch date.  —  The iPad starts at $499 for the 16GB model with only Wi-Fi.
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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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Details iPad 3G Service Sign-Up and Management  —  With today's launch of iPad pre-orders in the U.S., Apple has also released additional information about the device and associated services.  While 3G-capable models of the iPad will not be available until late April …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and SlashGear
Dan Peterson / Google Wave Developer Blog:
Introducing the Google Wave Extensions Gallery  —  We've just rolled out an initial version of our extensions gallery: simply look for “Extensions” in the navigation panel of Google Wave.  The gallery is intended to make it easier for users to discover the fun and useful extensions you all are building with the Google Wave APIs.
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 …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Apple's future won't be brought to you by the letter ‘i’  —  Apple has been dealt a severe blow having been told that it no longer has a monopoly on the letter “i” as part of the name for its products.  —  A trademarks tribunal has knocked back Apple's bid to stop a small company from trademarking …
Discussion: Macsimum News
AdAge:
Is Voice-Based Bubbly the New Twitter?  —  Service Takes Off in India With Zero Marketing; Brazil and Japan Are Next  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In India, thousands of consumers are going from tweeting to bubbling.  —  A hot new social-networking service dubbed Bubbly …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Video: Rupert Murdoch Loves the iPad, Hates Search  —  Rupert Murdoch, the legendary founder of News Corp., has always had a love-hate relationship with the digital world.  Sometimes (read: during the bubbles) he loves it.  Sometimes (read: during advertising recessions) he hates it.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Andreessen's not-so-hot idea for publishers  —  Marc Andreessen had a really good idea when he invented the first popular browser for the web, but his latest notion - that newspapers should walk away from a business grossing more than $30 billion a year - is just plain nutty.
Discussion: TeleRead, HipMojo.com and Silicon Valley Watcher, Thanks:atul
Reuters:
Nokia, Apple seek patent trial in 2 years  —  (Reuters) - Top phone makers Nokia and Apple will seek a U.S. court hearing in a key patent battle in mid-2012, a court filing showed, raising the specter of a prolonged legal struggle.  —  Handset leader Nokia sued iPhone maker Apple last October …
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 …
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: DSLreports, Epicenter and Switched
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Reinhardt Krause / IBD Click:
FCC Makes It Easy To Test Broadband Connections
Discussion: Computerworld, AppScout and BoomTown
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
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Instant Ads Set the Pace on the Web  —  Time is now on the side of online advertisers.  —  Advertisers have been able to direct online messages based on demographics, income and even location, but one element has been largely missing until recently: immediacy.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: TeleRead
BBC:
Tweets ‘fundamental to democracy’  —  THE INTERVIEW  —  Social networks will become the fundamental way we communicate with our governments, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams has told the BBC.  —  He said that Twitter will be expanding into regions where only the simplest of technology is available …
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.
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Chinese minister insists Google obey the law  —  BEIJING - China's top Internet regulator insisted Friday that Google must obey its laws or “pay the consequences,” giving no sign of a possible compromise in their dispute over censorship and hacking.  —  “If you want to do something …
Gillian Reagan / The Wire:
Hearst Pumps Out 70 iPhone Apps To Bring In The Money  —  Hearst's LMK division is pumping out dozens of cheap iPhone apps to bring in a new revenue stream, the Wall Street Journal reports.  —  Lead by executive vice president of Hearst Entertainment George Kliavkoff, LMK's five-person team uses …
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:
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Believe Digital's digital music distribution service Zimbalam opens in the US  —  [France] Zimbalam, the digital music distributor from Believe Digital, launches in the US today.  —  The service lets artists submit and distribute their music through 25 of the most popular music platforms …
Discussion: hypebot
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
For The Trifecta: MSNBC Extends Its BreakingNews Brand To Facebook  —  Last November, MSNBC acquired the Twitter account @breakingnews, which was started as a basic newswire by Michael van Poppel and gradually grew to 1.4 million followers (it's now up to over 1.6 million).
Discussion: paidContent
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Six Apart's Berkowitz Joins WolframAlpha  —  A big name addition to WolframAlpha's executive team.  Barak Berkowitz, who headed blogging firm Six Apart until he left two-and-a-half years ago, is joining the search startup as managing director tasked with leading the “growth of WolframAlpha's business.”
Christopher Dawson / Googling Google:
Is the Apps Marketplace just playing catchup to Microsoft?  —  In the last two days, I've had two very different conversations.  The first was with Google's senior product manager for the Google Apps Marketplace, Chris Vander Mey.  The second was with Alex Payne, a product manager with Microsoft's MS Online team.
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
President Obama Discusses Three Strikes Anti-Piracy Law
Discussion: Download Squad, Guardian and DSLreports, Thanks:keithdsouza
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 Earlier Items: 
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
The Mouse That Roared: Turning to the Internet to Catch a Favorite TV Show
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Company Town
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Verizon Wireless' tech chief says unlimited Internet access …
Business Week:
Revenge of the Cable Guys
Discussion: Webomatica and Shooting at Bubbles
Weldon Dodd / TheAppleBlog:
App Store SEO: The Impact of iTunes Web Preview
Discussion: Daring Fireball, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Launches Lifestream As New Standalone Product. …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Reuters to Journalists: Don't Break News on Twitter
Paul Hochman / nook and BN eReader Blog:
eBooks: B&N eReader for iPad Coming Soon