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12:00 PM ET, February 26, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone 5 part surfaces, shows larger display and thinner bezel?  —  A purported image of an iPhone 5 part has appeared on a Chinese reseller of Apple parts' website.  Specifically, this part may be the digitizer panel for the fifth generation iPhone's touch screen.
The Weblog of Jamie Murai:
You Win, RIM!  (An Open Letter To RIM's Developer Relations)  —  You win.  I concede defeat.  I no longer want to attempt developing an app for the Playbook.  Are you happy now?  Surely you must be.  Considering how terribly designed the entire process is, from the registration right through …
Discussion: Slashdot and Electronista, Thanks:lockergnome
Om Malik / GigaOM:
My Web Without Facebook Connect  —  I have had better days.  I woke up to the sound of a hailstorm beating my bedroom window to pulp.  I saw weather gods in passive aggressive mood and pelt San Francisco with sleet right at the time I go for my early morning walk.
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com, Thanks:sidharthdassani
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple may surprise with near immediate availability of iPad 2 next week  —  While media reports have shed considerable doubt on Apple's capacity to facilitate a full-scale launch of its second-generation iPad in the short term, AppleInsider has reason to believe that customers could be holding …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Apple shares Mac OS X Lion with security experts  —  Apple not only released a preview of its next operating system, Mac OS X Lion, to developers today, the company is also giving it to security experts for review.  —  “I wanted to let you know that I've requested that you be invited …
Hannah Miet / New York Times:
Serendipity Is No Algorithm on College Dating Site  —  JEAN MEYER, a business student at Columbia University and a founder of Datemyschool.com, an online matchmaking service, believes modern ambition is the death of love.  —  Standing at the bottom of the steps to Low Library at Columbia recently …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Testing Google's New Algorithm: It Really Is Better  —  When we heard that Google had unleashed a new algorithm in the United States to battle content farms, we were cautiously optimistic.  Content farms, which bet they can make more more money on any advertisements than they spend producing …
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Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Verizon iPhone 4: Mind the gap, our tests show  —  The Verizon iPhone 4 has a problem that could cause the phone to drop calls, or be unable to place calls, in weak signal conditions, Consumer Reports engineers have found in lab tests.  —  The problem is similar to the one we confirmed …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Consumer Reports won't recommend the Verizon iPhone. Do consumers care?
Discussion: Screenwerk, InformationWeek and eWeek
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
How Apple Dodged a Sun Buyout: Former CEOs McNealy, Zander Tell All  —  Table of Contents:  —  At Churchill Club dinner, former Sun CEOs Scott McNealy and Ed Zander discuss why the company didn't buy Apple in 1996, the real beginnings of cloud computing and why Linux should never have come into existence.
Discussion: MacNN, Pulse2, Digits, ITworld.com and Slashdot
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The Truth About The iPad, Day 300: I Barely Use It Anymore  —  The main thing you need to know about my iPad right now is that I'm not sure where it is.  —  It's definitely at home, because I've stopped bringing it to work most days.  I think it's next to the bed, because that's where I've …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Watch Out iPad, Honeycomb Has 16 Tablet Apps!  —  The tablet war between Apple and Google is only just getting warmed up, but it's going to take time before it becomes a full-scale conflict.  Apple's iPad has a good 10-month head-start over Google Honeycomb tablets, the first of which became available only yesterday.
Sam Sheffer / Engadget:
HTC Droid Incredible 2 shows up in Verizon's system  —  Well, look what we've got here!  Seeing that HTC just introduced the Incredible S — a world phone only available in the UK — it was only a matter of time before the phone hit the stateside.  A trusted tipster just hit us with screen shots …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Verizon Says Short iPhone Lines Due to Strong Online Sales, Staggered Rollout  —  The Wall Street Journal reports on an interview with Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead, who claims that short lines for the public launch of the Verizon iPhone were the result of an intentional effort to push sales …
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Mozilla unfurls twelfth and last Firefox 4 beta  —  The lords are a-leaping  —  Mozilla has released the twelfth and final Firefox 4 beta.  —  “We are in the final stages of the Firefox 4 Beta cycle,” reads a blog post from the open source outfit.  “The team has fixed more than 7,000 bugs since the first beta release.”
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
30%, the long tail and a future of serialized content  —  The 1960s and 70s were the golden age of magazines.  Why?  — Lots of people wanted to read them  — The newsstand could only hold a few of them (barrier to entry permits some to win)  — The winners had no trouble selling ads …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Files SEC Form For Another $16.2 Million  —  more info (via: Wylio)Wait wha?  According to this SEC form, daily deals site Groupon has raised another $16.2 million.  There's no word on whether this is an add-on to its recent $950 million round or just a smaller mini-round, in any case it seems unrelated to any M&A activity.
Discussion: SAI and Local Onliner
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Michael Hickins / Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Revenue Hit $760 Million Last Year
 
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Pete Warden / ReadWriteHack:
Crawl Bank Accounts with the Ghost of Wesabe
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
E-mail innovator pitches self-deleting e-mails
Discussion: Ubergizmo and ReadWriteWeb
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The new Silicon Valley hype machine: AngelList
Discussion: VentureBeat
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Dear Google, I Have More Than 10,000 Contacts
Discussion: Geek.com and @akovacs
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
T-Mobile USA losing customers, says turnaround will take time
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Thurm / Wall Street Journal:
Online Trackers Rake In Funding
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Verizon to launch Windows Phone 7 device in late March
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter's Ad Team Runs Into the Learning Curve, and Promoted Tweets Take a Step Back