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1:25 PM ET, April 2, 2010

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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Why I won't buy an iPad (and think you shouldn't, either)  —  I've spent ten years now on Boing Boing, finding cool things that people have done and made and writing about them.  Most of the really exciting stuff hasn't come from big corporations with enormous budgets, it's come from experimentalist amateurs.
Discussion: Fast Company, Gothamist and CrunchGear, Thanks:atul
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Online Video Hosting Platform Episodic  —  Google has acquired Episodic an online video hosting platform, according to a blog post on the startup's site.  We've confirmed the acquisition with a representative for Episodic.  —  Episodic's publishing suite lets users manage …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Discussion: MediaMemo
New York Times:
Cost and Redundancy Issues Confront iPad  —  If the much-promoted iPad is going to be a mainstream consumer hit, Apple is going to have to change the minds of people like Jon Byron.  —  Mr. Byron, a 54-year-old banker from Connecticut, emerged from the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Marvel Comics for iPad: Hands-on Review  —  Video and screengrabs in this post: a first hands-on experience of the free Marvel Comics app for iPad, produced with Comixology (who produced a popular iPhone app).  Word is that more than 500 titles will be available through the application at time of launch on Saturday.
Peter Farago / Flurry:
iPad Developer Support Continues to Soar  —  Flurry regularly monitors new project starts by developers within its system to gauge interest across mobile platforms.  With over 20,000 apps started by developers within Flurry, we believe this provides meaningful insight on the platforms …
Joseph Tartakoff / mocoNews:
How Long Will It Take iPad App Prices To Drop?  —  Take a look at the just-made-public iPad apps in the iTunes store and what stands out are the prices of many of the apps.  Scrabble on the iPad?  $9.99 versus $2.99 on the iPhone.  Tetris?  $7.99 instead of $4.99.  Hangman?  Yes, Hangman!
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
WSJ iPad subscription officially $17.29 per month — is Murdoch insane?  —  So we now have the official price for the WSJ iPad app subscription: $3.99 per week with a monthly credit card charge of $17.29.  For that you get subscriber-only content areas such as Business and Markets with access …
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
The New Inner Circle of Steve Jobs  —  Apple's marketing strategy for a new product (like the iPad) works something like this:  —  Phase 1 - Steve Jobs will announce the product in an “invite-only” event weeks before the product is actually due for shipping.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel holding off new ultra-thin notebook CPUs  —  Intel has recently decided to hold off the launch of new ultra-thin notebook processors until the third quarter as Acer has halted the production of its ultra-thin notebooks and has turned to work on its new Calpella-based TimelineX ultra-thin notebooks …
Iain Dodsworth / TweetDeck's posterous:
TweetDeck for iPad  —  Apart from, how do I get one of these, my first thought as I watched the iPad being revealed was that TweetDeck was MADE for this device (or should that be this device was made for TweetDeck...unlikely).  —  TweetDeck's raison d'être, its reason for being …
Discussion: Geekword, Mashable! and The Next Web
iSuppli:
iPad Sales to Hit 7 Million in 2010 and Triple by 2012  —  The iPad's attractive design, compelling applications and multi-touch capability, key components of Apple Inc.'s past successes, will help to offset the initial omission of Adobe Flash from the device and send demand soaring in 2010 and beyond …
Philip Michaels / Macworld:
FileMaker unveils Bento for iPad  —  If FileMaker isn't careful, people are going to start saying that Bento is the database software maker's flagship app.  After all, the company—which offers an entire line of professional database applications under the FileMaker brand …
Discussion: Technologizer
Matt Hardigree / Jalopnik:
Hyundai Equus To Ship With iPad, Ditches Owner's Manual  —  Hyundai's newest luxury sedan, the Equus, was just revealed at the New York Auto Show with the announcement it'll forgo the mostly ignored paper owner's manual in favor of an iPad, allowing customers to make vehicle service appointments wirelessly.
Gmail Blog:
Improved comment collapsing for Google Buzz posts  —  Any Google Buzz post can turn into a lively discussion.  Sometimes these conversations can gather lots of new comments very quickly, turning them into “skyscraper” posts that can dominate your entire screen, especially if you don't check Buzz for a few days.
Discussion: Mashable!
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Free TV on the iPad: Lots of “Lost,” but No “CSI,” “Simpsons” or “30 Rock”  —  Want to watch free TV shows on your iPad?  Hope you like ABC's programs.  —  The network is the only one of the four broadcasters offering much programming on Apple's device at launch Saturday.
Electronista:
New Moto Droid ads challenge iPhone's “app for that” spots  —  Verizon late Thursday rolled out a pair of new Motorola Droid ads that take a direct shot at the iPhone (seen below).  The 30-second spots show a robot picking apps out of a giant sphere and showing their features much like Apple's own “there's an app for that” ads.
Discussion: Phone Arena
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals Next Steps in Cool Video Headset Project  —  We first learned of Apple's Head Mounted Display R&D project nearly two years ago to the month.  Our first report titled Apple Preparing a Cool iPod Visual Head-Display System covered their preliminary work on their laser based …
Discussion: SlashGear and 9 to 5 Mac
Cliff Kuang / Fast Company:
Twitter Predicts Box-Office Sales Better Than a Prediction Market  —  Researchers at HP Labs discover that Twitter can predict, with astonishing accuracy, how well a movie will sell.  —  We've all got the vague intuition that Twitter allows you track, in real-time, what people are concerned about or obsessed with.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
We Just Tested Twitter's @anywhere Platform (Screenshots)  —  During his keynote at SXSW last month, Twitter CEO Evan Wiliams announced an upcoming new platform called @anywhere, which would allow third party sites to integrate Twitter features (he also showed off some of the partners …
Discussion: VentureBeat and louisgray.com
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Time Inc.'s Tablet Push Starts With Time Mag App At $4.99 An Issue  —  Sports Illustrated has been the Time Inc. (NYSE: TWX) tablet poster child for months but Time is first to market with an app.  Time for iPhone is free but iPad Time runs $4.99 an issue, same as the newsstand price and available on Fridays.
Daily Mail:
The mathematical formula for how celebrity gossip spreads on the internet  —  Gossip on social networking sites such as Facebook spreads rapidly in the manner of a contagious virus, say researchers.  —  Mathematicians have developed an equation that describes internet rumours' ability to fly around the globe in a matter of hours.
Discussion: CNET News and Telegraph
Darren Murph / Engadget:
First NYC iPad line sitter also camped for first iPhone: a legend is born (video)  —  Greg Packer, we salute you.  Sure, the weather in New York City is a lot finer now than it was back in the sweltering summer of 2007, but we still feel the need to tip our hat to someone who'd camp …
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Apple's iBooks now available in App Store  —  What the iPod was to listening to music, Apple hopes to make the iPad to reading books.  The company's much touted iBooks software landed in the iTunes Store on Friday, one day ahead of the iPad's debut.  —  We've already seen a lot …
Discussion: MacRumors and AppleInsider
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The JooJoo is here... seriously (updated with video)  —  Of all days for this thing to arrive... it had to be today.  Yes folks, as you can see in our gallery below, the JooJoo is not only real, but we've got one.  We're not going to go into details right now, as we've got our hands kind of full this week …
Bill Tancer / Hitwise:
Facebook - The Most Searched On Brand in the U.S.  —  As I've discussed before, examining search term data across all engines, while providing excellent tactical insight for search programs, also can provide invaluable insight for brand marketers.  We're now able to provide a new search metric beyond volume …
Discussion: All Facebook, Softpedia News, AppScout and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Mark Shuttleworth:
Shooting for the Perfect 10.10 with Maverick Meerkat  —  It's time to put our heads together to envision “the perfect 10″.  —  This is a time of great innovation and change in the Linux world, with major new initiatives from powerful groups bringing lots of new ideas, new energy and new code.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Anti-Piracy Lawyers Vandalize Wikipedia Page  —  This week, Jeffrey Weaver, a lawyer for U.S. Copyright Group, proudly announced that the company would be bringing the mass-litigation model against alleged BitTorrent users to the United States.  —  “We're creating a revenue stream and monetizing …
 
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Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Sharp develops 3D LCD screen for mobile gadgets
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Loopt Pulse Bets That Location On The iPad Is About Planning
Discussion: VentureBeat and GottaBeMobile.com
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
eBay's iPad App: Go Graphic Big Or Go Home
Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Google, not blocked in China, still faces risks
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Tapulous Looks To Repeat Tap Tap Revenge's iPhone Success On The iPad …
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
IPad Q&A with leaders of Twitter, Craigslist, Time, Sequoia …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Tellmewhere Makes Location-Based Social Networking More Useful
Discussion: Screenwerk, A VC and TUAW
 Earlier Items: 
John J. Ray / Forbes:
America's Fastest-Growing Tech Companies
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony's PlayStation marketing machine now selling the digital living room
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Study: 52 Percent Of Bloggers Consider Themselves Journalists
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Gates, Allen remember Altair creator Roberts as true pioneer
Clay Shirky:
The Collapse of Complex Business Models
Discussion: Techdirt, /message and Wild Webmink
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
App Store for iPad: More than 2,300 Apps and Counting