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12:45 AM ET, February 23, 2011

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Apple to Unveil iPad 2 on March 2 in San Francisco  —  To those who care intensely about this kind of stuff-which would be pretty much everyone in the tech ecosystem-Apple will hold its much-anticipated event on March 2, where the tech giant seems poised to unveil a new version of its hugely successful iPad …
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Rumors of iPad 2, iPhone 5 delays are not true  —  The Internet is buzzing this morning with separate rumors that Apple's iPad 2 and iPhone 5 will be delayed.  The fact is, neither rumor is true.  —  From what I've heard this morning both products are on schedule and will ship when they are supposed to.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Renews Battle Over Facebook Contacts, Removes Phone Directory Sync On Nexus S  —  As part of today's roll-out of Gingerbread updates to the Nexus One and Nexus S, Google also took an aggressive jab at Facebook: it has removed the ability of Facebook users to merge their 'Facebook phone directory …
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Amazon launches Prime Instant Video, unlimited streaming for Prime subscribers  —  We heard it was coming and now here it is.  Amazon has flipped the switch on its “free” video streaming for Prime members, the service we've been hearing about for the past month or so.
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Guillermo Pont / Clicker Blog:
Amazon Prime Instant: A Closer Look
Discussion: MediaMemo and GMSV, Thanks:oscar
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Amazon Prime Instant Video hands-on
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Apple to roll out retail-based ‘Joint Venture’ service in coming weeks  —  There has been quite a bit of noise recently about a quarterly, morning meeting for Apple retail employees scheduled for this Sunday, February 27th.  Apple retail staffers have been asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement …
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple's employee meeting may expand Genius support to small businesses
Discussion: TUAW and LAPTOP Magazine
Mark Milian / CNN:
Apple in talks to improve sound quality of music downloads  —  San Francisco (CNN) — Apple and other digital music retailers are in discussions with record labels to improve the quality of the song files they sell, executives involved in the talks say.  —  As a result, online music stores …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to roll out ‘Light Peak’ tech Thursday  —  Intel on Thursday plans to roll out Light Peak, a high-speed connection technology that Apple is also likely to adopt, according to an industry source familiar with the details of the event.  —  Intel released a statement to the media today saying …
Xavier Ducrohet / Android Developers Blog:
Final Android 3.0 Platform and Updated SDK Tools  —  We are pleased to announce that the full SDK for Android 3.0 is now available to developers.  The APIs are final, and you can now develop apps targeting this new platform and publish them to Android Market.  The new API level is 11.
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
What happens after Yahoo acquires you  —  Whether it's Flickr, Delicious, MyBlogLog, or Upcoming, the post-purchase story is a similar one.  Both sides talk about all the wonderful things they will do together.  Then reality sets in.  They get bogged down trying to overcome integration obstacles …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Sleeping OS X Lion Stirs  —  The iPad 2 nears!  An iPad 3 is on the horizon! iPhone 5 is coming!  Maybe an iPhone nano!  New MacBook Pros!  New iMacs!  Maybe even an Apple television!  Of all the Apple rumors out there right now, there's a odd lack of talk about something we know is coming — and soon: OS X Lion.
Discussion: MacRumors
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Microsoft pushing new Windows Phone update in 3 days to address “bricking” issue?  —  Looks like our initial assessment of the first Windows Phone update was a little rosy for some users, specifically those of Samsung phones (even a few Focus users are having problems).
Discussion: Ars Technica and GeekSmack
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Next Question: What's A Publishing App? … There's been so much confusion in the wake of Apple's new subscription billing policy for apps that Steve Jobs felt the need to issue the proclamation above via his preferred method, a personal email.  (It's his version of the burning bush).
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Consumer PC Sales Already Getting Hammered As Apple's iPad Takes The World By Storm  —  The tablet threat to the consumer PC market isn't some long-term abstract thing that might or might not happen over the next three years.  —  It's happening right now.  —  Take a look at these data points from recent earnings calls:
Discussion: The Tech Trade
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FTC to review Apple iPhone in-app purchases  —  The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it will review the marketing and delivery of mobile applications that charge users for products and services, such as through Apple's iTunes store.  —  FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz wrote in a letter to Rep. Ed Markey …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Demand Media's First Earnings Report Includes an Actual Profit  —  Here's the first quarterly report card for the first big Web IPO of the year: Demand Media, dinged in the past for claiming profitability when that wasn't technically true, can now relax.  The company earned a bona fide $1 million …
The Atlantic Wire:
It's War of the Silicon Valley Boosters  —  The battle between Silicon Valley's two biggest boosters has flared up again, The Atlantic Wire has learned.  It's an industry that takes its conferences very seriously: the conferences are where much of the business of launching, financing and selling new companies take place.
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher and @jason
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
YouTube Says It's in Talks to Show Live NBA, NHL Games  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube said it's in talks with the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League to broadcast live games, building on the popularity of cricket's Indian Premier League last year.
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Klout for Business: A Useful Metric -but an Incomplete View of Your Customer  —  Special Treatment of Select Customers Isn't Anything New  —  Just as companies have been treating wealthy customers, or customers who are more likely to spend more with preferential treatment …
Discussion: @jowyang and @eric_andersen
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Puts the Smack Down on Another Popular App: Whither Twitter as a Platform?  —  This morning TwapperKeeper, the Twitter-based service that allowed users to create and export archives of Tweets around certain words or hashtags, announced that it would be shutting down a number of key features …
Discussion: @abraham and Twapper Keeper's Blog
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Goldman Sachs Pumps A Whopping $70M Into Virtualization Company AppSense  —  AppSense, which specializes in what it calls ‘user virtualization’ solutions, has raised $70 million in its very first round of funding.  Interestingly, the entire investment comes from one backer, Goldman Sachs …
Discussion: VatorNews
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Payments Startup Square Ups The Ante, Drops Transaction Fee For Businesses  —  Mobile payments company Square has made an interesting move today, which should put competitors Verifone and Intuit on notice.  The startup is dropping the per transaction charge for any business using its mobile payments device and service.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Poaches Google's Top Executive in Latin America  —  The fight for talent between Google and Facebook — or more precisely, the flow of Google employees to Facebook — is not just a Silicon Valley affair.  —  Facebook has hired Alexandre Hohagen, the top Google executive in Latin America …
Bob Brown / Computerworld:
Cisco names first COO as company reinvents itself  —  Network World - Cisco Systems has named Gary Moore as its first COO, formally giving CEO John Chambers a sidekick to help transition the switching and routing king into new markets in the data center and beyond.
Discussion: Market Wire, Network World and GigaOM
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP's new business laptops offer up to 32 hours of battery  —  Hewlett-Packard is announcing today a new family of laptops for business users with new industrial designs and one very interesting feature: a battery life of up to 32 hours.  —  The battery life number is getting interesting …
 
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Daniel Luxemburg / ProgrammableWeb:
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Reuters:
Huawei wins order in Motorola trade secrets case
Therese Poletti / MarketWatch:
Tech IPOs start year with some momentum
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
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