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8:20 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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: Forbes and FierceMobileContent
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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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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.
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
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 …
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.
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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Bloomberg:
Microsoft Xbox Takes U.S. Console-Sales Lead After 2 Years, Surpassing Wii
Discussion: Financial Times
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Airline Twitter promotion attracts huge crowds
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
App Store who?  Android Market what? …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Macsimum News
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
The Mouse That Roared: Turning to the Internet to Catch a Favorite TV Show
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Business Week:
Revenge of the Cable Guys
Discussion: Webomatica and Shooting at Bubbles
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Drugstore.com Sees Takeovers After ‘Permanent’ Consumer Shift
Weldon Dodd / TheAppleBlog:
App Store SEO: The Impact of iTunes Web Preview
Discussion: Daring Fireball, Thanks:atul
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
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