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5:45 PM ET, April 1, 2010

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Stephen Fry / Time:
The iPad Launch: Can Steve Jobs Do It Again?  —  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.
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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 …
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.
Serenity Caldwell / Macworld:
Apple reveals its list of ‘iPad-ready’ Websites  —  If we weren't amidst the feeding frenzy of iPad hype before, we definitely are now.  The reviews are out, confirmations have been sent, and new apps are popping up every day (not to mention accessories).  But maybe you're not interested …
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: MacDailyNews
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.
Discussion: PC World, Kindle Review and IntoMobile
Reuters:   Special Report: iPad striptease: It's what's inside that counts
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
The iPad App Store Is Live  —  The first batch of iPad apps is live in the App Store, days before the device has been released to regular, non-media humans.  First impressions?  So many apps!  Also: So expensive.  Full listing here.
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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon: Time To Cut Kindle To $149, Piper's Munster Says  —  With the Apple (AAPL) iPad getting glowing reviews with sales scheduled to launch Saturday morning, the Street is getting increasingly nervous about the impact the device is going to have on sales of the Amazon.com (AMZN) Kindle e-book reader.
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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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon Mobile Hotspot on webOS devices now free, Pre Plus and Pixi Plus fall to $49.99 and $29.99  —  Whoa, we didn't see this one coming: Verizon just slashed the cost of its 3G Mobile Hotspot feature for the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus all the way down to $, effectively giving you a broadband modem …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Tegra 2 “serious issues” delaying Notion Ink, ICD & Compal tablets [Updated]  —  Bad news if you've been avoiding iPad hype and holding out for a tablet based on NVIDIA's second-gen Tegra chipset.  We've just heard from a trusted source that all projects based on the new Tegra chip have been delayed …
Bits:
F.T.C. Is Said to Have Looked Into Amazon-Google Ties  —  Last month, John Doerr, one of America's most celebrated venture capitalists, announced that later this year he would step down from the board of Amazon.com, a company that he helped to finance and build.
Discussion: TechFlash and Technology News
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Apple Stores, Best Buys not the only places to get an iPad on Saturday  —  It turns out that “select” Apple Specialist locations — independently-owned stores authorized by Apple to sell and service its products — will be getting iPad stock to sell on Saturday.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
HP and Dell to reduce investment for 10-inch netbook, say sources  —  Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell have both significantly reduced their investments in the 10-inch netbook segment, with HP reportedly even considering quitting the 10-inch netbook market and turning its focus …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Stewart Butterfield's Tiny Speck Gets $5M From VCs  —  Tiny Speck, an online game company based in San Francisco and Vancouver has raised $5 million in Series A funding from Accel Partners and Andreessen Horowitz.  Accel led this recent round of financing.  Accel's Andrew Braccia will join …
Discussion: VatorNews, VentureBeat and paidContent
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 …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Brand New Look for Yahoo! Sports Search and News Search  —  We are unveiling a new look for Yahoo! Sports Search and News Search today, featuring a new layout, handy new filtering tools, related search suggestions and rich results that help you find what you're looking for quickly and seamlessly.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook's New Solution For Unofficial Pages: Community Pages  —  Want to set up a Facebook Page for “Pillow Fighting” or “Tatoos”?  Previously, Facebook would simply shut down the Page or remove publishing permissions from the Page administrator.  Now Facebook is suggesting that users create a …
Discussion: eWeek and Mashable!
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
WSJ: CBS bringing free HTML5-encoded TV shows to the iPad, ABC plans detailed  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that ABC and CBS are hard at work adapting episodes of their TV shows for the iPad, with both set to offer streamable programming to new slate owners immediately upon launch.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Venture-Backed Exit Activity Is Picking Up Again  —  Two separate reports were released this morning, both bringing upbeat news of increased exit activity (M&A, IPOs) for venture-backed companies in the first quarter of 2010.  —  We take a look at the most important findings …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Ex Bebo President Shields Joins Facebook As Sales VP  —  After former Bebo president Joanna Shields left last May ahead of the dismantling of her AOL (NYSE: AOL) People Networks division, she teamed with TV producer Shine Group CEO Elisabeth Murdoch to create a social content company.
 
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Jim Giles / New Scientist:
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
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