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1:10 PM ET, February 23, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple announces iPad 2 event for March 2  —  Apple on Wednesday sent an invitation to media inviting them to a special event on March 2 in San Francisco, Calif.  —  According to the invitation received by The Loop, the event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00 am.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Everything that can go wrong with Windows Phone 7 update does  —  It's amazing.  Given the importance that Microsoft's smartphone platform should have—not to mention the uphill struggle it faces against the iPhone and Android juggernauts—one would have thought that the company would make sure …
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft temporarily disables Windows Phone 7 update for Samsung devices … Microsoft said on Wednesday that it has identified an issue with the Windows Phone update process and has disabled the update for Samsung devices.  —  In an email to WinRumors a company spokesperson confirmed that Microsoft has …
Arn / MacRumors:
13-Inch MacBook Pro Specs, Photos, Light Peak Known As Thunderbolt?  [Confirmed]  —  Fscklog posts a photo of what is believed to be from the box of the new 13" MacBook Pro that Apple is planning to release on Thursday.  Amongst the features, the name of Apple's Light Peak implementation: Thunderbolt.
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.
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 …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Apple's Light Peak implementation called Thunderbolt, coming in new MacBook Pros?  —  The rumor gears are really starting to churn with regard Apple's upcoming MacBook Pro refresh and now we have a purported leak of the upcoming spec sheet for the new 13-inch model.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Daily's Apple-Only Days Are Numbered: Android Coming This Spring  —  Rupert Murdoch leaned heavily on Apple to launch the Daily, and for now the iPad is the only place you can read News Corp.'s new digital newspaper.  —  But that exclusivity will end in a few months …
DigiTimes:
Apple reduces iPad 2 mass production volume target  —  Amid rumors that Apple is making adjustments in its iPad 2 design and is also facing issues over the device's touch panel yields, sources from upstream component makers pointed out that the announcement of the iPad 2 is still expected …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: Apple Halves Minimum iAd Buy  —  Apple set the bar high for its debut in the mobile advertising business, demanding a minimum spend of $1 million from advertisers looking to hawk their wares from its iAd platform.  —  It was a daunting premium for a nascent system, and one that limited its appeal to big-name companies.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
New Final Cut Pro Is Real, And It's Spectacular (And It's Expected Spring 2011)  —  Because it seems like it's Apple rumor day I'd thought I'd throw my (very small) hat in the ring.  More than a year has passed since Final Cut Pro's last release and we've seen two reported Steve Jobs emails talking …
Sahas Katta / Skatter Tech:
How My Smart Phone Got Me Out Of A Speeding Ticket In Traffic Court  —  Last year a traffic cop pulled me over while driving home and handed me a speeding ticket.  Although nervous and somewhat startled since it was my first time getting caught, I ended up walking out of traffic court …
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 …
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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Pushes Gingerbread To Nexus One, Improves NFC Support On Nexus S
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.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:   NHL Denies Talks To Stream Games Live On YouTube; NBA Looking At Asia
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's new subscription policy could cost Amazon $80-$160 million per year  —  That, says a team of Merrill Lynch analysts, is the hit it would take in Kindle book sales  —  The button circled at right on Amazon's (AMZN) popular Kindle app for the iPhone will have to be removed …
Discussion: TUAW
Cari Tuna / Digits:
Cisco Pulls Plug on Web Email  —  Cisco Systems is pulling the plug on its Web-based email service for businesses a little over a year after the networking giant first introduced the product in November 2009, the company announced in a blog post Tuesday evening.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Every Startup Can Learn From AirBnB  —  From the various conversations I have on a daily basis, we have entered that strange part of the Silicon Valley cycle where entrepreneurs are starting to conflate huge amounts of investment dollars with the future success of their startups.
Discussion: The Next Web
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
StackOverflow's Careers 2.0 Leverages Q&A To Get Programmers Hired  —  StackOverflow co-founders Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood know their audience.  The Q&A site popular with programmers is today launching its Careers 2.0 effort at careers.stackoverflow.com, unveiling a complete revamp of the “dinky careers site” that was there before.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sprint renames the HTC 7 Pro the Arrive, launching it tomorrow  —  Punch sprint.com/arrive into your address bar and the above is what you shall find.  Not a generic error marker but a URL-specific “coming soon” message that would seem to confirm the existence and indeed near-future arrival of the HTC Arrive.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Board Challenged by Investors on Jobs Succession Planning  —  Apple Inc.'s board faces a showdown with investor groups today over its succession plan for Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs, who is on medical leave for the third time in the past seven years.
Mark McDonald / New York Times:
Home Internet May Get Even Faster in South Korea  —  SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea already claims the world's fastest Internet connections — the fastest globally by far — but that is hardly good enough for the government here.  —  By the end of 2012, South Korea intends to connect every home …
Discussion: DSLreports
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
B&N: Nook has 25 percent of U.S. e-book market  —  In reporting its earnings for the third quarter that ended on Jan. 29, Barnes & Noble's had some good and bad news.  —  First the bad: the company's profits were down 25 percent from the previous quarter last year as it continued to invest heavily in its Nook e-reader line.
Discussion: Ars Technica, CrunchGear and TeleRead
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Newsmaker: Vision quest haunts Apple CEO-in-waiting  —  (Reuters) - For Tim Cook, the small-town football fanatic turned steward of the world's largest technology company, it always comes back to the vision question.  —  The search for an answer will frame succession planning discussions …
Discussion: MediaFile
Kunal / Samsung Hub:
Samsung to unveil 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab next month?  —  It seems Samsung is aiming to please tablet consumers with different display sizes.  Yonhapnews reports that Samsung will reveal an 8.9-inch Android-based tablet next month.  Although there's no confirmation about which Android version …
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Internet Archive Partners With 150 Libraries to Launch an E-Book Lending Program  —  The Internet Archive, in conjunction with 150 libraries, has rolled out a new 80,000 e-book lending collection today on OpenLibrary.org.  This means that library patrons with an OpenLibrary account can check out any of these e-books.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TeleRead
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 …
 
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Reuters:
Huawei wins order in Motorola trade secrets case
Discussion: FierceWireless
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
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 Earlier Items: 
Guillermo Pont / Clicker Blog:
Amazon Prime Instant: A Closer Look
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:oscar
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Puts the Smack Down on Another Popular App: Whither Twitter as a Platform?
Discussion: SAI and @abraham
Bob Brown / Computerworld:
Cisco names first COO as company reinvents itself
The Atlantic Wire:
It's War of the Silicon Valley Boosters
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Poaches Google's Top Executive in Latin America
Discussion: AdExchanger.com and L.A. Times Tech Blog, Thanks:mhelft
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
What happens after Yahoo acquires you
Discussion: GigaOM