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1:20 AM ET, February 24, 2011

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Motorola's Xoom Starts Tablet Wars With iPad  —  After months of speculation, the tablet wars begin in earnest this week.  Motorola is releasing its Xoom tablet on Feb. 24, and I consider it the first truly comparable competitor to Apple's hit iPad.  That is partly because it is the first iPad challenger …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
An iPad lovers review of Motorola Xoom  —  You know I'm an iPad freak.  I was first in line to buy one and I've used it so much my screen is cracked.  —  It is the device that's changed my life more than any other in the past year, which, in a year that Microsoft Kinect shipped, is totally impressive.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Motorola Xoom With Honeycomb: A First Look Video  —  The Motorola Xoom arrives in Verizon stores tomorrow, marking the first time a Google Honeycomb tablet will be available to customers.  Some may grumble about the $799 price — or $599 with a 2-year contract — but the bigger question is: What do you get for your money?
Discussion: Technologizer and USA Today
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom now available for purchase straight from Verizon
Discussion: Softpedia News
Kellex / Droid Life:
Official Details of the 4G LTE Upgrade Process for the Motorola XOOM
Michael Stroh / The Windows Blog:
More answers about our first software update  —  It's been roughly 48 hours since we hit the send button on our first Windows Phone software update.  The rooms around me are buzzing with folks monitoring the rollout, sifting carefully through incoming phone health data (from customers who provide it) …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Windows Phone 7: When bad things happen to good phones
Andy Baio / Waxy.org:
How I Indexed The Daily  —  For the last three weeks, I've indexed The Daily.  Now that my free trial's up, I've had an intimate look at what they have to offer and, sad to say, I don't plan on subscribing.  As a result, I'm ending The Daily: Indexed, my unofficial table of contents for every article they published publicly.
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Bloomberg:
Apple Investors Pass Measure for Bigger Say in Board Vote  —  Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. investors, gathered today at an annual meeting, passed a measure that gives them more say over which directors get elected, while rejecting another that would force management to disclose executive succession plans.
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.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
A good demonstration of Light Peak/Thunderbolt  —  What I don't immediately understand is how this is going to work with my current MacBook Pro/monitor setup.  It would seem that if I got a new MBP and a Thunderbolt external hard drive that the hard drive would have two thunderbolt ports …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Penalizes Overstock for Search Tactics  —  Google Inc. has penalized Overstock.com Inc. in its search results after the retailer ran afoul of Google policies that prohibit companies from artificially boosting their ranking in the Internet giant's search engine.
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: The Utter Collapse Of MySpace  —  We knew MySpace was dying, but we didn't know it was this bad.  MySpace had 45 million unique visitors in January, down from from 70 million the year prior, according to comScore data.  —  This is why MySpace is up for sale.
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.
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Apple's Macs Bid iSight Goodbye, Welcome FaceTime HD (And Low-Def FaceTime)
Daniel Bailey / ConceivablyTech:
Chrome OS To Get HW Acceleration, Mac/Linux/ Windows Support  —  Google's Chrome OS team is rethinking the Chrome OS windowing approach and is developing a multi-window interface for Chrome OS as well as hardware acceleration to support new visual effects and pixel shaders.
Discussion: Telegraph
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Crush-Stalking App Breakup Notifier Amasses Over 3.6M Users, Is Shut Down By Facebook  —  Just Monday we were writing about Breakup Notifier, a Facebook app that raked in more than 100,000 users in less than 24 hours and as of 5 hours ago had a more than modest 3,673,484 users in its database ... And then poof!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Details Chrome's Background Feature: Run Web Apps Without Seeing Them  —  Google has been on a mission lately to outline some of the cooler, newer features coming to Chrome on their Chromium Blog.  Today brings one of the biggest yet: Background Apps.
Discussion: Chromium Blog and ReadWriteWeb
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google's Decision to Get Into “Real Time” Ads Was Really Smart, Says Google  —  Google makes almost all of its money selling search ads.  But it is pushing hard into display ads, along with technology that lets marketers buy display ads in “real time.”  Great idea, Google says.
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Android activations visualized  —  Here's a great little video which shows the phenomenal rate of increase in Android activations.  —  At last count, Google (GOOG) was activating 300,000 devices per day.  It is hard to imagine Android has grown in just about two and a half years.
Discussion: IntoMobile
David Heinemeier Hansson / Signal vs. Noise:
The end of the IT department  —  When people talk about their IT departments, they always talk about the things they're not allowed to do, the applications they can't run, and the long time it takes to get anything done.  Rigid and inflexible policies that fill the air with animosity.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare's SXSW Plan: “NEW APP + NEW BADGES + PARTIES + CONCERT + MOAR”  —  We're now just over two weeks away from this year's SXSW event in Austin, Texas.  And just as is the case every year, there will be several startups jockeying to be the one that is the breakout hit.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
An Apple Patent Gives us a Peek at Photo Booth for iOS Devices +  —  On January 12, 2011, BGR reported that a source had revealed to them that Apple's Photo Booth was coming to the iPad.  The very next day 9 to 5 Mac added to this news by stating that they had discovered two new iOS 4.3 frameworks …
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
WordPress 3.1 released, features massive writing workflow and admin overhauls  —  With over 2,000 code commits and 820 bug and feature fixes, WordPress 3.1 has been released.  You can download the new version in its entirety, or simply log into your WordPress.org installation and update via the Dashboard.
New York Magazine:
SEC Decides It Might Be a Good Idea to Investigate How Facebook and Twitter Are Trading Shares  —  We're not sure what exactly prompted the SEC toward investigating secondary markets, which allow private companies like Facebook and Twitter to buy and sell shares without revealing any significant financial information.
ifixit:
Samsung Galaxy S 4G Teardown  —  Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S 4G.  Not to be confused with the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, or Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy S 4G is Samsung's newest entry to the smartphone arena.  Join us today as we unravel the mysteries of the Galaxy S 4G.
 
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Discussion: TUAW, Fortune and MacStories
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple's N.C. Data Center Intended for iTunes, MobileMe
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Spotify close to Universal deal, may launch without Warner
Discussion: Electronista
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Judge: Ex-Microsoft GM can't work in his new Salesforce job
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Zynga The Most Profitable Company Ever?
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sprint renames the HTC 7 Pro the Arrive, launching it tomorrow