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12:05 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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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.
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
No Flash On The iPad?  No Problem.  Brightcove Turns Videos Into HTML5.  —  The lack of Flash on the iPad is a sore point for many and often listed as one of its greatest potential weaknesses.  Not allowing Flash on the iPhone is bad enough, but on the larger iPad with full-screen browsing, its absence will be much more noticeable.
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.
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 …
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
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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 …
Discussion: Digits and FierceMobileContent
Kari Huus / msnbc.com:   Navigating China's web of censors
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).
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?
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
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Boingo Brings $1.99 Pay-Per-Use Wi-Fi to Apple's iPad  —  Boingo today launched a new app to help get Apple iPads online without any ties to AT&T. Boingo's Wi-Fi Credits software — which also supports iPhones and iPod touch devices — offers wireless access for $1.99 per hour.
Discussion: Boingo Wireless
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 …
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Opera Mini Sees 50.5 Million Mobile Users In February, Up 145 Percent  —  Browser maker Opera Software has released its latest ‘State of the Mobile Web’ report this morning, which is based on the usage of its Opera Mini browser for mobile phones.  Each month, the conclusion is always the same …
Sprint:
Sprint 4G Rockets Into Houston and Declares Texas “Biggest 4G State”  —  Blasting into Texas at lightning speed, Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced the launch of 4G in the Lone Star state's biggest city: Houston.  The next generation of wireless, also known as 4G, provides fast mobile downloads …
Discussion: DSLreports and Telecompetitor
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Apps Still A Tiny Business — Only $50 Million A Year — But Microsoft Should Be In Major Panic Mode (MSFT, GOOG)  —  Thus far, Microsoft (MSFT) is doing a good job of holding off Google Apps (GOOG).  —  The demand for Office 2010 appears to be strong, and most companies that spoke …
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.
Discussion: FierceWireless and Electronista
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
 
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