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11:15 PM ET, February 20, 2011

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Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Google May Kill Chrome URL Bar  —  Article Navigation  —  Google is working on a “major” overhaul of its Chrome browser user interface (UI).  Among the options on the table is the elimination of the URL bar, which could be the most significant UI change to the web browser since its invention.
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
The one big reason why iPad rivals can't compete on price  —  Takeaway: The biggest disappointment of nearly every promising competitor to the Apple iPad has been the price tag.  Learn the one trump card that allows Apple to out-price rival tablets.  —  The mass invasion of Apple iPad competitors has begun.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Examiner
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom up for in-store pre-order at Best Buy, $800 for Thursday availability  —  No more stunt prices, no more premature web appearances, this (we hope) is finally Best Buy's fully official listing for the Motorola Xoom.  It brings no great surprises to those who've been tracking …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Best Buy adding new Apple laptop SKUs to its systems, foreshadows MacBook Pro refresh  —  Best Buy's laptop discovery tool is doing a slightly overzealous job this morning by listing a set of “new SKU” laptops from Apple Computer before said company has had a chance to announce them.
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AppleInsider:
Apple tells some stores to expect ‘sealed packages’ early this week  —  Evidence that Apple plans to introduce new MacBook Pro notebooks as early as this week continues to mount, with the company reportedly providing some dealers with strict warnings not to breach the integrity …
Discussion: Examiner, TUAW, Electronista and MacRumors
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Engadget loses its second editor in two days: Ross Miller resigns  —  Engadget will be saying farewell to its second editor in the space of a week after its Associate Editor Ross Miller announced he was to leave the popular technology website after five years of service with Weblogs, Inc.
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Marco.org:
Verizon iPhone selling mostly to existing iPhone owners?  —  Instapaper's App Store rank is very stable.  It's almost always between #2 and #5 in the paid News categories on iPhone and iPad, and usually around #90-110 in the top-paid iPad category.  —  Since my ranks rarely change significantly …
Discussion: MacStories
Michael DeGusta / The Business Insider:
The REAL Death Of The Music Industry  —  In January, Bain & Company produced the following chart as part of their report on “Publishing in the Digital Age” (PDF):  —  Then on Tuesday, someone posted it on Flickr.  Subsequently, Peter Kafka of Wall Street Journal's MediaMemo noticed …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Reinstates UberMedia Apps UberSocial And Twidroyd  —  Looks like Ubermedia has had it's API access reinstated this Sunday afternoon, after a dramatic turn of events Friday.  —  From Twitter Support: … No word yet on whether the apps are actually functioning as it's …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
To Celebrate The #Jan25 Revolution, Egyptian Names His Firstborn “Facebook”  —  Cultural relativity is an amazing thing.  While American parents worry about their kids being on Facebook, Egyptian parents are naming their kids “Facebook” to commemorate the events surrounding the #Jan25 revolution.
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Evgeny Morozov / Wall Street Journal:
Smart Dictators Don't Quash the Internet
Discussion: Security Watch
New York Times:
Cellphones Become the World's Eyes and Ears on Protests
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs gave Russian President an AT&T iPhone, still locked  —  A somewhat humorous note from our Russian readers this morning.  Apparently, the iPhone that Steve Jobs gave to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was, and still is locked to AT&T. Woops!  A translated Tweet from his assistant, above tells the tale.
Discussion: RazorianFly and MobileWhack
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Exclusive: iPad 2 Leather Case Hands-on & Video!  —  Ooops. we got an iPad 2 leather case from an Asian case supplier, and here's what we know about the iPad 2:  —  Finally, we have some interesting updates for the much-rumoured iPad 2.  Yup, we hope you enjoy the lengthy video above showing …
Pamela Parker / Search Engine Land:
Presidential Hopeful Rick Santorum Stymied By Search Problem  —  As former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum sets his sights on the White House, he has a lot of awareness-raising to do, and he desperately needs some help with search, a Roll Call piece this week shows.
Discussion: Roll Call
 
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