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1:45 AM ET, April 1, 2010

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple iPad Review: Laptop Killer?  Pretty Close  —  For the past week or so, I have been testing a sleek, light, silver-and-black tablet computer called an iPad.  After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential …
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David Pogue / New York Times:
Reviews: Love It or Not?  Looking at iPad From 2 Angles  —  In 10 years of reviewing tech products for The New York Times, I've never seen a product as polarizing as Apple's iPad, which arrives in stores on Saturday.  —  “This device is laughably absurd,” goes a typical remark on a tech blog's comments board.
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Verdict is in on Apple iPad: It's a winner  —  Months of speculation, feverish lust, an überhyped prize that could disrupt the status quo of computing.  You wouldn't be the first person to compare the run-up to Saturday's arrival of the iPad to the prelaunch mania that surrounded the iPhone.
Tim Gideon / PC Magazine:
Apple iPad (Wi-Fi)  —  RATINGS  —  After it was announced back in January, the unfortunately named Apple iPad ($699 direct, 64GB Wi-Fi) seemed like it could be the company's first major clunker in a long time: An expensive niche product that would inhabit a nebulous region between laptops and smartphones …
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:   Sure, the iPad is cool - but is it a real computer?
AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 4.0 to support multitasking via Expose-like interface  —  The upcoming 4. reference release of Apple's iPhone OS will deliver new support for running multiple concurrent third party apps, and allow users to switch between them using a windows management mechanism similar …
New York Times:
Successes (and Some Growing Pains) at Hulu  —  Hulu, the popular and free online video hub, has some things to celebrate as it heads into its third year.  —  The site, a venture of NBC Universal, the News Corporation and the Walt Disney Company, has been profitable for two quarters …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
NYT: Hulu planning iPad app, might be subscription based
Rafat Ali / paidContent:   Hulu's Revenue Kimono Opens: $100 Million Revenues in 2009; Profitable
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Wolfram Alpha Admits Mistake: Mobile Site is Back; iPhone App Down from $50 to $1.99  —  Once upon a time, Wolfram Alpha tried to charge $50 for its iPhone app while, at the same time, offering a free iPhone-optimized mobile site.  Then, the company shut down the mobile site of its “computational knowledge engine” altogether.
Mia / YouTube Blog:
New video page launches for all users  —  As you may know, we're in the midst of one of the largest redesigns in YouTube's history: we're simplifying the look and functionality of the video page.  That's the page you see whenever a video plays, and this redesign is about going “back to basics …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube's New Streamlined ‘Watch’ Page Boosts Engagement By 7%
Tyler Gray / Fast Company:
Exclusive: Google Goes to Jail for April Fools?  —  Sorry to spoil the fun, Googlers, but one of your own just sneaked us a peek at your April Fool's day prank: Google Jail.  That or, um, Google is far more sinister than (and naive) than we ever imaged ... Nah!
Discussion: CNET News
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google goes nuclear in TechCrunch prank
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
iPad Exclusive: Apple Approves The NYT Editors' Choice iPad App  —  While Apple's partnership with the New York Times on the iPad has been known for a little while now, you'll be pleased to hear that Apple has just approved and released the NYT Editors' choice app to the iPad App Store.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:xonder
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Exclusive: iPad App Store Video Walkthrough - Showcasing Over 700 iPad Only Apps
Discussion: TiPb
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins' Doubles Down The iFund To $200 Million For the iPad  —  Today at the Rosewood Sandhill Hotel in Menlo Park, CA, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers hosted an event surrounding a “mobile content revolution.”  The famous venture capital firm was tight-lipped about what this event …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Kleiner Perkins' John Doerr: iPad ‘will rule the world’
Discussion: App Advice and PE Hub Blog
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: Google Chrome doesn't respect your privacy  —  Microsoft is going on the offensive against Google, accusing the search giant of creating a browser that does not respect user privacy.  The company posted a video, embedded below, on TechNet Edge with the following description …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Strikes Two Book-Pricing Deals  —  Two major book publishers have struck new electronic-book pricing deals with Amazon.com Inc., just days before the launch of Apple Inc.'s much anticipated iPad tablet device.  —  The agreements, with CBS Corp.'s Simon & Schuster …
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Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Sony Says Publishers Will Start Setting E-Book Prices Tomorrow
Discussion: Electronista and The Next Web
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Apple Refunds All iPad Rush Shipping Charges  —  It looks like Apple has decided to refund all rush shipping charges for iPad pre-orders after complaints that people were paying for nothing bubbled up.  It makes sense, since all orders, rushed or not, are due to arrive on Saturday.
John D. Sutter / CNN:
Why the Web is fastest in South Korea  —  (CNN) — People in the United States basically invented the Internet.  So U.S. connections must be the fastest and cheapest in the world, right?  —  Not so much.  —  Broadband Internet speeds in the United States are only about one-fourth as fast …
Thanks:atul
Murat Mutlu / Mobile Inc:
Nokia N97 Promotional Video VS Real Life  —  I was having lunch with a mate yesterday and watched them get out their N97 to send a text message.  Noticing the crappy transitions on the screen, I suddenly remembered the N97 promotion video from last year which basically makes the phone look god-like.
Discussion: IntoMobile
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
ABC Sitcom “Modern Family” Gives iPad A Serious Product Placement Slot (AAPL)  —  Wowsers!  The iPad's marketing blitz is in full effect tonight.  First the ABC News hit, then the reviews from Walt Mossberg, David Pogue and everyone else.  And now this.  —  The ABC sitcom Modern Family built tonight's episode around the iPad.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Engadget, TUAW and The Next Web
Ross Miller / Engadget:
64GB Zune HD launching April 12th for $350, current models reduced $20  —  Let's just be nice and feign surprise, okay?  Good.  With that out of the way, Microsoft has announced a 64GB version of Zune HD, due out April 12th via the Zune online store (and later via other retailers) …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Books, Google Maps Get 3D View (& No April Fool's)  —  Earlier today, a Google PR person gave me a pair of 3D glasses at the Where 2.0 conference and said I'd need them tomorrow.  Hmm, was Google Maps going 3D?  Or maybe an April Fool's joke?  But helping my son with his science project tonight …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
No cloud music for iPad's launch  —  For anyone hoping that a cloud-based music service will launch with the iPad this Saturday, disappointment is lurking.  —  Music industry sources told CNET this week Apple has informed label managers that a streaming music service is unlikely to be ready before the third quarter.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
First MeeGo Builds Available for Netbooks, Handhelds  —  With so much focus on a new mobile computing device due out this weekend, you'd think everyone else in this space is standing around, right?  Not so, says Nokia.  The first MeeGo code drop just landed and I'm downloading it now for my netbook.
Paul Boutin / New York Times:
Separating Pranks From Fraud on the Web  —  On the Internet, every day is April Fools' Day.  —  On this day, the holiest for online pranksters, today's headlines, R.S.S. feeds and tweet-streams will be flooded with fake press releases, fake news items and prank headlines.
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Agam Shah / Computerworld:
New Acer laptop adds touch screen
Discussion: V3.co.uk and Engadget
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Rights Holders Get 30% from Mass BitTorrent Litigation
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
RealNetworks cuts 60 more jobs
Discussion: paidContent and The Seattle Times
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
RIM Vows New Phones Will Shine
Emily McManus / TED Blog:
TED.com now available in HTML5, serving many mobile platforms …
Alan Poizner / USA Today:
It's an app world, and it could swallow all computing
 Earlier Items: 
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Twitter: How Our New ‘Top Tweets’ Works
Discussion: PC World, The Next Web and GigaOM, Thanks:mattmcgee
Juan Carlos Perez / InfoWorld:
Google upgrades email management hosted service
Discussion: eWeek
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Mozilla's First State of the Internet Report: Firefox's Worldwide …
John Pozadzides / Lifehacker:
How I'd Hack Your Weak Passwords
Discussion: Kotaku, Thanks:chrismessina
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Another Tech IPO: Meru Is Going Public
Royal Pingdom:
The most popular social sharing options on the top blogs
Discussion: Mashable! and The Next Web, Thanks:atul