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7:55 AM ET, February 21, 2011

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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple stops selling MacBook Pros until the refresh  —  You can no longer get your hands on a MacBook Pro from the Apple online store until after the refresh expected to be on Thursday this week.  Apple's got a 3-5 day wait on new MacBook Pros which puts them right about on schedule.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DST About To Lead Huge Spotify Funding  —  European streaming music startup Spotify is in the process of closing a very large financing, say multiple sources.  DST, the venture firm that has backed Facebook, Groupon and Zynga, is said to be leading the deal, which values Spotify at around $1 billion.
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Google May Kill Chrome URL Bar  —  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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Kno Student Tablet Start-Up in Talks to Sell Off Tablet Part of Its Business  —  Kno-the much-funded and high-profile Silicon Valley start-up aimed at making tablet computers focused at students-is considering selling off the entire hardware part of the business and is in talks …
Arn / MacRumors:
Could the iPad 2 Be Getting Light Peak?  —  After reading the report that Apple is planning to introduce its new Light Peak-based high speed interconnect technology “soon”, it struck us that Light Peak could help explain some particularly incongruous rumors we've been hearing about the iPad 2 over the past few months.
Agence France Presse:
China's Huawei ‘in London Underground phones bid’  —  LONDON — Chinese technology giant Huawei is offering to install for free a mobile phone network worth £50 million on the London Underground train system in time for the 2012 Olympics, a report said Sunday.
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 …
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.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom up for in-store pre-order at Best Buy, $800 for Thursday availability
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
After iPad's Head Start, Rival Tablets Are Poised to Flood Offices  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The billboards promoting the iPad have a simple message: The tablet is a device for leisure, to be held on one's lap while lounging on a couch in casual clothes, to watch a film or read a magazine.
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.
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David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Kindle e-book piracy accelerates  —  Several months ago I set up a Google alert for my book, “Knife Music,” to keep abreast of anything anybody was saying—good or bad—about the thing.  Over the months I've received news of the occasional blog post and tweets, but more recently I popped open …
Discussion: TeleRead
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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Andrew Dowell / Wall Street Journal:
Huawei Ends Bid to Win U.S. Approval for 3Leaf Deal  —  Huawei Technologies Co. reversed course and withdrew its attempt to win U.S. approval for a small but controversial acquisition it completed last summer.  —  The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has recommended …
Discussion: BBC and Associated Press
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
TV Industry Taps Social Media to Keep Viewers' Attention  —  By the time the first ballot is opened at the Academy Awards next Sunday, millions of people will be chatting about the awards show on the Internet.  And ABC will be ready.  —  Trying to exploit viewers' two-screen behavior …
 
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