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3:40 PM 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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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 …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Selling 20,000 iPads Per Hour?  (AAPL)  —  Here's the first attempt at figuring out Apple's iPad pre-order sales we've seen yet.  —  Based on order ID numbers, Andrew Erlichson, CEO of photo sharing website Phanfare, thinks Apple could be selling 20,000 iPads an hour …
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Apple iPad pre-order comes with bugs
Discussion: AppleInsider and Computerworld
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Rolls Out iBooks Feature Page  —  iBooks Application in Landscape Orientation  —  Apple has augmented its iPad “Features” section with a new page devoted to its iBooks application.  Initially available only in the U.S., the iBooks application will be available in the App Store once …
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple's iPad Will Read Books Out Loud, Support Free E-Books
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Nexus One confirmed to only be sold online, (and to feature HTC Sense?)  —  Far be it from us to say we told you so, but, well, we told you so.  Here's confirmation, plain and simple, that the Google Nexus One on Verizon will not be sold in stores and instead will only be available at google.com/phone …
Sandra Zaragoza / Portfolio:
Startups Flock to SXSW  —  After Twitter's big debut at Austin's South by Southwest in 2007, others hope to follow their footsteps with launches at the festival.  —  Many entrepreneurs are looking at South by Southwest as an opportunity to launch their businesses.  —  1 of 2 NEXT
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad ‘Mute’ button magically turns into ‘screen rotation lock’  —  The iPad is magic!  That was then, this is now!  Voilà!!  —  Another new fun fact: the iPad can also play Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Brightkite's Sneaky Plan To Get Regular Users Into Location: Group Text  —  Brightkite is tricky.  Tricky and smart.  —  While larger than most of their location-based rivals with over 2 million users, they know that in the past year they've lost some momentum to the newer check-in services like Foursquare and Gowalla.
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 …
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Index Invests $25 Million in Sonos (Plus a Video Interview with VC Mike Volpi)  —  Earlier this week, BoomTown had lunch with Michelangelo “Mike” Volpi, the high-profile tech exec who turned into a venture capitalist recently at Index Ventures.  —  We also did a video interview (see below) …
Discussion: VentureBeat, paidContent and TechCrunch
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Plastic Logic Says Que E-Reader Delayed  —  Plastic Logic, the maker of an e-reader targeting business users, told customers on Thursday that it would delay the delivery of its first Que readers until the summer.  The company had said at the Consumer Electronics Show in January that the device would be delivered in mid-April.
Kirk Ladendorf / Statesman Business Blog:
Facebook says it's ready to hire in Austin  —  Facebook Inc. officially announced Friday that it is starting an online service operation in Austin that could be in operation by early May.  —  Company officials said Facebook would begin posting Austin jobs on its Web site today at facebook.com/careers.
Discussion: KVUE-TV
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google tweaking Buzz to declutter Gmail in-box  —  Google Buzz reminds me of what they say about the weather in a lot of places I've lived: if you don't like it, wait five minutes.  —  Those who wrote off Google's social networking tool as an annoying source of clutter should take note of some efforts to reform that aspect of Buzz.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Vodafone's Wayfinder is first victim of free smartphone navigation services  —  Back in January 2009, as Vodafone was preparing to close a £20 million ($30 million) deal to buy Swedish mapmaker Wayfinder, it was seen as a bold move from a carrier intent on entering the apparently lucrative market for location based services.
Discussion: mocoNews and GPS Obsessed
Taylor Buley / The Firewall:
Netflix Settles Privacy Lawsuit, Cancels Prize Sequel  —  On Friday, Netflix announced on its corporate blog that it has settled a lawsuit related to its Netflix Prize, a $1 million contest that challenged machine learning experts to use Netflix's data to produce better recommendations than the movie giant could serve up themselves.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Formerly Cc:Betty, Threadbox Emerges As A Realtime Collaboration Platform  —  Recently, startup Cc: Betty, a nifty service that organized and managed group email threads, decided to rebrand and relaunch its service.  The new product, Threadbox, was going to be streamlined and tweaked to appeal to workspace users.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nvidia Launches Anti-Intel “Case For Innovation” Web Site … Nvidia (NVDA) has stepped up the rhetoric in its combat versus Intel (INTC), launching a new Web site - which it calls “The Case for Innovation” - which specifically focuses on all of the various lawsuits and investigations targeting Intel.
Discussion: nTersect
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 …
Larry Magid / CNET News:
ICANN postpones decision on .xxx domains  —  Just before wrapping up its meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board voted to postpone any decision about a proposal to create a “.xxx” top level domain for adult Web sites.
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
Kim LaCapria / The Inquisitr:
Formspring prank story plagues Twitter  —  One of the top trending topics on Twitter right now is Formspring, apparently due to a fake news story circulating on the microblogging service.  —  Formspring.me, a social media platform designed for users to ask and answer anonymous questions …
 
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Business Wire:
ESPN Mobile TV Launches on Sprint TV
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Clearwire's Big Bet on Our Broadband Addiction
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Slacker Radio Secretly Preparing On-Demand Music Service
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Interview: ABC News' Slavin: Paywall Strategy Coming Down By June
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
HootSuite acquires developer Swift App to bolster its Android efforts
Discussion: HootSuite blog and paidContent
Zee / The Next Web:
Wibiya Launches Integration with Cooliris, Twitter Lists …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amidst Controversy Storm, Kwedit Reveals Repayment Rate Already At 26%
BBC:
Tweeting ‘fundamental’ in life
Discussion: The Register and dailywireless.org
 Earlier Items: 
Gillian Reagan / The Wire:
Hearst Pumps Out 70 iPhone Apps To Bring In The Money
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and mocoNews
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Six Apart's Berkowitz Joins WolframAlpha
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Video: Rupert Murdoch Loves the iPad, Hates Search
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Instant Ads Set the Pace on the Web
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Overdoing the interface metaphor
Discussion: Daring Fireball and TeleRead