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7:55 PM ET, March 19, 2010

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Starts Accepting iPad Applications; Launch Apps Must Be Submitted By March 27  —  There are only a few weeks left until the iPad's April 3 launch date, and Apple is now reaching out to developers to say that they're accepting applications that were developed for the much anticipated device.
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Apple Swears iPad Partners to Secrecy  —  Developers must sequester the tablet computer in rooms with blacked-out windows, reflecting secrecy around a product that may mean billions of dollars in sales  —  Apple makes big demands of software developers who want an early crack at the iPad.
Ryan Block / GigaOM:
The iPad May Change Computing, Just Not Your Life  —  The first time you walk into an Apple Store and pick up an iPad, you'll understand the hype: Apple has managed to create a beautiful, thoughtfully designed, compelling product in a space where mediocrity was, until now, status quo.
Discussion: PC World and The Microsoft Blog
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Study: Developers Testing Games, Entertainment Apps on iPad  —  Some software makers have been lucky enough to get their hands on Apple's iPad weeks before its April release, people tell Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  What kinds of apps are they building?  —  Games are the focus …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Even With 8.2 Million Uniques, 4chan Is Only Worth $45,000  —  With 8.2 million unique visitors viewing over 600 million pages per month, photo-sharing, meme-making 4chan.org is an extremely popular Web site.  —  But it's not worth much — just a little less than a Lexus GS10.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Christopher Poole, Founder of 4chan  —  In 2003, while still in high school, Christopher Poole, known online as “Moot,” launched a message board called 4chan.  The site includes content that many people find offensive.  Nevertheless, or maybe because of it …
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
LouiV / BlackBerry Leaks:
First Images of BlackBerry OS 6.0?  —  There has been much speculation over what OS 6.0 could possibly look like.  We were recently hit with these images of what appear to be of a device running OS 6.0 with a similar screen resolution of a storm or storm2.  These spy shot images come highly regarded as real from one our best connects.
Dan Ardelean / Mobile Development:
WP7 Emulator “Unlocked”  —  I still cannot believe it but I did it... After a good idea, 6 hours of work and a lot a lot of digging I've unlocked the ROM image in the emulator CTP.  I will describe tomorrow the method but right now I will just post some screenshots, upload the bin somewhere …
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Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Twitter Search Results to Show Popular Tweets On Top  —  Twitter appears set to tweak search results to return the most popular tweets first — instead of the most recent — for any given search query.  —  This according to Twitter Developer Advocate Taylor Singletary …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft privately testing a ‘Twitter for business’ service  —  Microsoft is continuing to look into ways to make social computing services part of business users' lives with a new pilot program for something called “OfficeTalk.”  —  Microsoft mentioned OfficeTalk in a March 19 posting …
Bing / Search Blog:
New Bing App for iPhone is Here!  —  Today we're excited to announce an update to the Bing app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.  You can get it for free from the App Store on your device or use iTunes to download it.  —  In the months following the November release of the app …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Caroline Gabriel / Rethink Wireless:
Palm left with 57% of smartphones unsold in Q3  —  It may not be long now before someone puts Palm out of its misery.  CEO Jon Rubinstein told analysts the board would consider any “reasonable offer”, while refusing to be drawn further on intensified takeover speculation, after the firm's Q3 results revealed very slow smartphone sales.
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Lisa M. Krieger / Mercury News:
Apple CEO Steve Jobs joins Schwarzenegger to push organ donor registry  —  Saying a liver transplant saved his life, Apple CEO Steve Jobs convinced California lawmakers to draft organ donation legislation, unveiled at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's hospital Friday morning.
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Google May Shut Down Chinese Unit on April 10, China Business News Reports  —  Google Inc. may pull out of China on April 10, China Business News reported today, citing an unidentified Chinese sales agent for the company.  —  The search engine may announce its exit on March 22 …
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Bloomberg:
Google China Pullout Would Be Permanent, ‘Burn Bridges,’ Ex-Executive Says
Discussion: Digital Daily and paidContent
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
NComputing's Numo chip could drive desktop computer costs to zero  —  It's a tantalizing thought.  The cost of destkop computing hardware is moving toward zero.  Stephen Dukker, chief executive of NComputing, is moving that idea a step closer to reality today as he announces a new chip called Numo.
Discussion: Fast Company and CNET News
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Nestle mess shows sticky side of Facebook pages  —  Some of the negative criticism on Nestle's Facebook fan page over its use of palm oil in products  —  Uh-oh.  We've got another social-media-meets-public-relations disaster on our hands, and this one doesn't even involve any airlines yet.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
HP Slate priced at €400 for June launch, Atom CPU confirmed?  —  Reputable Spanish publication Clipset has the first concrete report on pricing and internal specs for HP's Slate.  Seemingly obtained from HP itself, the €400 ($546) price tag positions the Slate a notch above netbooks …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Another One Bites the Dust at Yahoo: Chief Technologist Sam Pullara Departs for Benchmark  —  Yahoo Chief Technologist Sam Pullara (pictured here) is leaving the company to become an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital.  —  He's the second major exec to leave Yahoo (YHOO) for greener pastures in a week.
John Poirier / Reuters:
U.S. eyes early summer for airwaves auction process  —  (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission plans to begin a process in a few months aimed at auctioning airwaves that failed to garner enough interest during the 2008 spectrum auction.  —  The segment, called the D-block …
Discussion: Electronista and Phone Scoop
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Visitors Come Back Again and Again  —  A few weeks ago when I posted my blog entry about Facebook being the largest news reader I received a few comments and emails noting that visitors aren't as valuable if they don't come back.  Advertisers and retailers need some assurance that visitors will return again and again.
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft, Adobe confident there is room for Silverlight, Flash  —  Execs at OSBC speak of a symbiotic relationship between the HTML5 standard and their proprietary plug-ins for Web applications  —  The HTML5 specification could be a game-changer in the rich Internet application realm …
Discussion: The Register
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Wave Rival Novell Pulse Launching to Preview March 21  —  Novell plans to roll out its Pulse collaboration platform as a preview for all 3,000 attendees of its Novell Brainshare conference March 21.  Pulse, built on the Google Wave Federation Protocol Google made available to open source …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Network World
DigiTimes:
Wintek blamed for Apple iPad delay, says report  —  Taiwan-based touch panel supplier Wintek has been blamed for a delay of Apple's iPad shipments, according to a Chinese-language report on Liberty Times.  —  The report claimed that Wintek is facing a manufacturing bottleneck in its touch panel production …
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Bandwidth Isn't Free, Distribution Isn't Free, So Why Should Content Be Free?  —  As the cost of delivering video continues to get cheaper every year and video syndication to devices and platforms continues to grow, it seems more and more people are under the impression that access to premium video content should be free.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Boxee Blog, Thanks:danrayburn
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Million Follower Fallacy: Audience Size Doesn't Prove Influence on Twitter  —  A group of researchers have proven something we already expected to be the case: your Twitter follower count is somewhat of a meaningless metric when it comes to determining influence.
 
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Emma Graham-Harrison / Reuters:
China quality watchdog says some HP laptops faulty
Discussion: THINQ.co.uk and T3.com News
Roger Cheng / Dow Jones Newswires:
Smartphones, 4G To Take Center Stage At Wireless Trade Show
Nielsen Wire:
Global Audience Spends Two Hours More a Month on Social Networks than Last Year
Discussion: Mashable!
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Vodafone Spain replacing microSD cards on 3,000 virus-infected handsets
Discussion: Computerworld and Android Central
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
MySQL's Marten Mickos becomes CEO of hybrid cloud startup Eucalyptus Systems
Discussion: Bits and Eucalyptus
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
FT.com Takes Free Articles Away From Unregistered Users, Except Via Search
Royal Pingdom:
Facebook may have surpassed Google in the US, but what about other countries?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
DIY Social Network Platform GROU.PS Now Syncs With Yahoo Groups
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
OneRiot Rolls Out Realtime Ad Unit That Refreshes To Match Trending Topics
Discussion: VatorNews, VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Need For Speed Is About Making You Search More
Discussion: Download Squad
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
The REAL Reason NBC, FOX, And ABC Execs Want To Kill Hulu (CMCSA, GE, DIS, NWS)
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Siri Hires Mobile Expert Gummi Hafsteinsson Away From Google
Christopher Dawson / Googling Google:
An interview with Timothy Bray
Discussion: Between the Lines
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
More News about Omidyar's Peer News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Those Facebook QR Codes Are Part Of Their Location Plans