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12:50 PM ET, March 29, 2010

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Starts Shipping iPads to Customers  —  Apple has starting shipping iPads for delivery.  Those who placed their orders in on the first day have started receiving shipping notices from the Apple Store.  —  Unfortunately, the early ship date does not necessarily mean that customers will receive their iPads before April 3rd.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Morgan Stanley: Apple Will Ship 6+ Million iPads This Year  —  Apple's iPad hasn't yet arrived at market, but the device's suppliers are already raising their build rates in expectation of strong sales, thanks to encouraging pre-order rates.  This according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty …
Jeff Whatcott / Brightcove Blog:
The Present and Future of HTML5 Video Experiences  —  As commercial availability of the Apple iPad draws near, we have been getting a lot of inquiries from customers looking for guidance on what they need to do to deliver great video experiences on these devices that exclusively support the HTML5 approach to video.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Brightcove converts Time, NYT Flash video to HTML5 for iPad  —  Brightcove's partnerships with The New York Times and Time magazine will allow HTML5 to seamlessly replace Adobe Flash video content on the publications' Web sites for compatibility with Apple's iPad.
Discussion: Macworld
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Rumor: Google, Adobe may get chummier with Chrome, Flash partnership
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Warner Bros. Recruits Students to Spy on Pirates  —  The people who work at the anti-piracy divisions of Warner Bros. and other large media companies have to be experts in file-sharing technology.  It is therefore no surprise that Warner Bros. is actively recruiting students for a job as Anti-Piracy Intern …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Browsing the iPad App Store: A Video  —  We've seen so many screenshots of the iPad App Store , but what about some video footage?  We've just been sent a short video that shows the actual store being used, with all the applications we've seen so far: the Yahoo Entertainment app, Twitterrific …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dashboard App For iPad: Sneak Preview Video  —  The iPad is coming alright - shipping notices have started popping up this morning, although I'd wager you won't see the first ones effectively arrive until the 3rd of April.  At launch day, expect at least 100 apps straight out the gate, and likely double that.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google says mobile services now partly blocked in China  —  On Sunday, Google updated a page that has been tracking the status of its services in China to indicate that its “Mobile” service there is now partially blocked.  —  The precise nature of the block was not clear from Google's status page …
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New York Times:
After Google's Move, a Shift in Search Terms  —  HONG KONG — Chinese searches for politically delicate terms peaked the day Google stopped filtering its search results, but the government pressed on with a campaign to remove online praise of the company.  —  Searches for “Tiananmen,” …
Discussion: Telegraph, Thanks:atul
Kari Huus / msnbc.com:   Navigating China's web of censors
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Confirms: iPad On Sale In “Most” Best Buy Stores On April 3, From 9 AM  —  So we know that Apple's iPad has started shipping, and this morning the company also confirmed that the device will be on sale in all 221 of its retail stores across the United States as well as “most Best Buy stores” this Saturday, beginning at 9 AM.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Best Buy's iPad supply: 15 per store
Discussion: Phone Arena and Boy Genius Report
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Quora Has The Magic: Benchmark Invests at $86 Million Valuation  —  Quora, a new startup founded by ex-Facebook employees, has closed a first round of funding, and it's a big one.  Benchmark Capital has led the round and general partner Matt Cohler has taken a board seat at the company (Cohler is a former Facebook exec).
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes 9.1 to Bring eBook Support, Genius Mix Enhancements, Automatic Bitrate Conversion?  —  MacRumors has received information from a source claiming to have knowledge of a forthcoming iTunes 9.1 update that will presumably be released around the same time as the iPad's U.S. launch this Saturday.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, ithinkdifferent and iLounge
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Zune HD 64 makes surprise appearance  —  The link's dead, but there's no mistaking the appearance of a Zune HD 64 on the official Zune website.  Hey Microsoft, got something you want to tell us?  A 64GB Zune HD, perhaps, doubling the capacity of your previous top-ender?  How about global availability?
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Fake Facebook antivirus spreads through tagged photos, wall post spam  —  I have no doubt that most of our regular readers would know better than to install a site-specific antivirus app...But unfortunately for the Internet, there are plenty of people who will believe that something called Facebook Antivirus …
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
feature: The state of 4G: it's all about congestion, not speed  —  Most of the talk about future fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband networks appears to focus on speed.  These networks will be far, far faster than current 3G networks.  But speed isn't actually the main reason why every carrier …
David Carr / New York Times:
Not Creating Content.  Just Protecting It.  —  Should we be surprised that the biggest fight over freedom of expression in years involves Google, a company that produces algorithms rather than articles?  —  Probably not.  —  Google executives struck a blow for free speech in China last week …
Discussion: Beyond Search
Ina Fried / CNET News:
A conversation with Microsoft's marketing strategist  —  SAN FRANCISCO—David Webster had a pretty busy year in 2009, trying to convince the world that Windows 7 was their idea and adding the word Bing to their collective vocabulary.  —  That said, Microsoft's chief marketing strategist doesn't foresee much time to rest.
Bloomberg:
Verizon Said to Be in Preliminary Talks With Vodafone on Wireless Business  —  Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group Plc continue to hold informal talks on how to optimize returns from their U.S. mobile-phone partnership, two people familiar with the talks said.
Nathan Grayson / VG247:
Firmware 3.21 to disable PS3's ability to run other operating systems  —  The cross-media bar is great and all, but did you know that your non-Slim PS3 can eschew its Sony heritage and run operating systems like Linux as well?  No?  You didn't?  —  Well then, you might as well go ahead and forget what we just told you.
Discussion: CNET News, Open Source and PC World
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
The (Short) History Of Twitter's Plans To Make Money  —  After being hounded for months about how it plans to make money, Twitter (finally) is set to provide an answer, likely at the company's Chirp conference in mid-April.  What'll it be?  The consensus is that an ad platform of some sort will be announced.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Steps Up Facebook Integration, Shows Shared Videos  —  On the one hand, when we hear about Facebook making Facebook Connect an opt-out experience, we feel a little chill run through our bones and we want to commit Facebook suicide.  And then again, every time we hear about another big player …
 
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