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5:45 PM ET, March 12, 2010

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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 …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Estimated to Have Taken 50,000 iPad Orders in First Two Hours  —  With iPad pre-orders having begun in the U.S. just a few hours ago, observers are looking for any signs that might indicate how sales are going.  According to one report, two orders placed 30 minutes apart this morning resulted …
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.
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
Discussion: Macworld and dailywireless.org
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 …
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
Tom Ziegler / Brainstorm Tech:
SXSW's location-tagging smackdown  —  Foursquare and Gowalla are squaring off for the title of top tagger at Austin's annual tech-fest.  —  By Caroline Waxler, contributor  —  The annual South By Southwest Interactive conference kicks off Friday and the advance buzz is all about a fierce …
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Sandra Zaragoza / Portfolio:   Startups Flock to SXSW
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
What Google Will Do in China (SXSW Presentation)  —  Kaiser Kuo presented today at SXSW about Google in China.  He spoke about how the Google situation will impact Chinese Internet users, other companies and the Chinese government.  —  In the presentation, Kuo (who also spoke to ReadWriteWeb a week ago) …
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Apple iPad — model A1337 — phreaks the FCC  —  A pair of iPads was just revealed in the FCC's system in perfect synchrony with that little pre-order sitch with which you may or may not already be familiar.  Apple, of course, has a track record of timing its FCC filings perfectly …
Discussion: MacRumors
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.
Danielle Nohe / Compete Blog:
Smartphone Owners: A Ready and Willing Audience  —  Compete will be at CTIA Wireless 2010 and is emceeing the Mobile Marketing & Advertising special session for agencies and brands to learn more about the burgeoning mobile channel on March 22nd.  If you would like to set up a meeting …
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.
Brian Ries / The Daily Beast:
‘Almost Famous’ 2.0  —  AOL has launched a massive effort to interview every one of the 2,000 bands playing South By SouthwestâÂ"by enlisting everyday music fans to talk to their rock gods.  A peek inside the great fanboy-journalism experiment.  Jenn Metzler was unemployed …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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.
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 …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Nokia Predicts 10 Percent Growth For Mobile Phones In 2010  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) has improved the way it measures the global device market, including coming up with a better way to calculate the number of unlicensed and counterfeit products being sold in the market.
Discussion: Tech Beat
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Clearwire's Big Bet on Our Broadband Addiction  —  Despite doubts about Clearwire's ability to compete against the coming rival 4G network of Verizon and AT&T, its users are apparently pleased with the service.  Mike Sievert, chief commercial officer at Clearwire, said the company's mobile users …
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
 
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Yahoo! Adds TV Series Shortcut
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Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google to strip unique client ID from future Google Chrome installs
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nvidia Launches Anti-Intel “Case For Innovation” Web Site
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Kirk Ladendorf / Statesman Business Blog:
Facebook says it's ready to hire in Austin
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Slacker Radio Secretly Preparing On-Demand Music Service
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Interview: ABC News' Slavin: Paywall Strategy Coming Down By June
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Hearst Pumps Out 70 iPhone Apps To Bring In The Money
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Six Apart's Berkowitz Joins WolframAlpha
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Video: Rupert Murdoch Loves the iPad, Hates Search
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Overdoing the interface metaphor
Discussion: Daring Fireball and TeleRead