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3:00 PM ET, April 2, 2010

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Punit Soni / Google Mobile Blog:
Google services on the iPad and tablet computers  —  Here at Google we're really excited about the promise of tablet computers, which will be great for browsing the web and using apps.  We've been working hard to optimize our services for the new format - larger touchscreens, increased portability …
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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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Meet the iPad's best-selling apps  —  Apple has already posted its “Top Charts” for a tablet computer that hasn't been released  —  Nobody knows yet what applications the people who buy iPads will want to load on their new machines — for that we'll have to wait until Saturday, when the device goes on sale.
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.
Discussion: Download Squad
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Here comes a flood of iPad games
Philip Michaels / Macworld:
FileMaker unveils Bento for iPad
Discussion: Technologizer
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Tapulous Looks To Repeat Tap Tap Revenge's iPhone Success On The iPad …
Discussion: MacNN and iPhone Buzz
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Apple's iBooks now available in App Store
Discussion: MacRumors and Forever Geek
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
App Store for iPad: More than 2,300 Apps and Counting
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.
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.  Google has confirmed the acquisition.  We are told that Episodic's technology will be folded into YouTube …
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Episodic:
Episodic Joins Google  —  Episodic joins Google!  We are thrilled to announce that Episodic has been acquired by Google.  The entire Episodic team is extremely excited about this new partnership and what it means for our customers and the evolution of online video.
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 …
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 …
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: Geekword and Phone Arena
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 …
Cliff Kuang / Fast Company:
Twitter Predicts Box-Office Sales Better Than a Prediction Market [Updated]  —  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.
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.
Discussion: blogs.chron.com, jd/adobe, The Hive and BetaNews, Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
Thomas Morgan / AdAge:
TV Works on the Web, but TV Advertising Won't  —  Will TV Everywhere Simply Become an Extension of TV Advertising?  Let's Hope Not  —  As the vision of TV Everywhere comes to market, there are significant pressures on both broadcast and cable networks to close the “parity gap” …
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 …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Inside the iPad: Apple's A4 processor  —  Apple raised eyebrows during the original iPad unveiling when it casually noted that the new device would be using a new, Apple-designed System on a Chip processor named the A4.  While Apple's first chip represents a new era for the hardware maker …
Discussion: EDN and MacRumors
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
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.
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Upgrade your netbook to Windows Home 7 Premium for $50 starting next week  —  Almost every netbook that ships with Windows 7 comes with the crippled Windows 7 Starter Edition.  Users can't use Aero Glass desktop effects or even change the desktop background.
 
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Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Sharp develops 3D LCD screen for mobile gadgets
Gmail Blog:
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Discussion: The Next Web and VentureBeat
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
eBay's iPad App: Go Graphic Big Or Go Home
Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
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 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
The mathematical formula for how celebrity gossip spreads on the internet
Discussion: CNET News and Telegraph
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
IPad Q&A with leaders of Twitter, Craigslist, Time, Sequoia …
John J. Ray / Forbes:
America's Fastest-Growing Tech Companies
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
We Just Tested Twitter's @anywhere Platform (Screenshots)
Discussion: VentureBeat and louisgray.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony's PlayStation marketing machine now selling the digital living room