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8:25 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 …
Discussion: MacRumors
Stephen Fry / Time:
Apple's iPad: The Mothership Prepares for Launch  —  It is a gorgeous spring day when I arrive at the coolest address in the universe: 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, Calif., where Apple has been headquartered since 1993.  The campus, for such they call it, is enormous yet not big enough to contain Apple's current rate of expansion.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
ABC Sitcom “Modern Family” Gives iPad A Serious Product Placement Slot (AAPL)
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:   Sure, the iPad is cool - but is it a real computer?
Trevor Sheridan / App Advice:
Exclusive : It's Official - Netflix Streaming on the iPad  —  Netflix is a free app for the iPad that will be available on launch April 3rd.  If you're a netflix subscriber you can watch instantly anything in Netflix's online collection directly on your iPad.  You can stream TV shows and movies just like you would on your computer.
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
iPad Exclusive: Apple Approves The NYT Editors' Choice iPad App
Thanks:xonder
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Exclusive: iPad App Store Video Walkthrough - Showcasing Over 700 iPad Only Apps
Discussion: Telegraph, SlashGear and TiPb
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
TechCrunch:
April Fools 2010: The Definitive List  —  It's time for April Fools 2010!  We're constantly updating this page with new April Fools jokes as we find them.  If you spot a good one please leave it in the comments.  Thanks!  —  Google Wave  —  Google announced Google Wave wave notifications for Google Wave.
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 …
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 …
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: The Next Web
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Kleiner Perkins' John Doerr: iPad ‘will rule the world’  —  Most of the focus at venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers' iFund event today was on Apple's upcoming iPad, with five startups (Gogii, Ngmoco, Pinger, Shazam, and Booyah) confirming on-stage that they're developing iPad applications.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and App Advice
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins' Doubles Down The iFund To $200 Million For the iPad
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Nintendo's First Wii Game Powered By Google  —  The Wii is getting a new family-friendly party game—at least in Japan—dubbed And Kensaku that features an unusual partner: Google.  Nintendo and developer Shift will be releasing the Google search-powered game next month.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Starbucks now letting you pay for your coffee fix via iPhone in 1,000+ Target stores  —  Back in September of last year, Starbucks made it possible to pay for your daily caffeine hit with their Starbucks Card Mobile iPhone app.  The entire concept is pretty simple: punch in your Starbucks Card info, verify some details, and BAM!
Discussion: SocialTimes.com, Gadgetell and PC World
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.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
A Treasure Trove of Steve Jobs Stories  —  Yesterday we asked readers about their run-ins with Steve Jobs, and they delivered.  The Apple CEO is quietly ubiquitous, seen from Palo Alton to SoHo, from Whole Foods to French cafés, a shaggy-dressing crazy driver who's kind to strangers.
Discussion: Switched
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 …
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
Molly Wood / CNET News:
Unvarnished: Person reviews or trollfest?  —  Updated throughout with comments from co-founder Peter Kazanjy  —  A new site called Unvarnished launched in beta today, and aims to do for individual people what Yelp does for restaurants and local businesses: let anyone create a profile about you and then post …
 
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
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Agam Shah / Computerworld:
New Acer laptop adds touch screen
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Paul Boutin / New York Times:
Separating Pranks From Fraud on the Web
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Emily McManus / TED Blog:
TED.com now available in HTML5, serving many mobile platforms …
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Alan Poizner / USA Today:
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
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Discussion: PC World, Thanks:mattmcgee
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Mozilla's First State of the Internet Report: Firefox's Worldwide …
John D. Sutter / CNN:
Why the Web is fastest in South Korea
Thanks:atul
John Pozadzides / Lifehacker:
How I'd Hack Your Weak Passwords
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
64GB Zune HD launching April 12th for $350, current models reduced $20