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9:45 AM ET, February 28, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2: also comes in white?  —  Imagine the look on our faces when these pictures of a white second-generation iPad part landed in our inbox.  Yes folks, it looks like the new iPad could come in white.  That seems strange since Apple could not pull off an iPhone 4 with a white front, but I'm sure they figured out a way.
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Is this Apple's next iPad?  —  We have been sent an image that looks very convincing.  A tipster has shot us over what could be — and appears to be — an image of the back of Apple's next generation iPad.  The rear-facing camera, redesigned speaker, and flat back with tapered edges are all visible.
Naked Security / Sophos:
Mac OS X backdoor Trojan, now in beta?  —  It appears there is a new backdoor Trojan in town and it targets users of Mac OS X. As even the malware itself admits, it is not yet finished, but it could be indicative of more underground programmers taking note of Apple's increasing market share.
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David Gelles / Financial Times:
JPMorgan fund eyes 10% stake in Twitter
Discussion: DealBook, Thanks:dgelles
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple testing Android-like gesture-based lock screen for iOS  —  Apple has been working on a new gesture-based lock screen for iOS devices that works similarly to Android's “dots” lock screen feature.  The user sets up a pattern and needs to input that same pattern in, instead of a password or a four number code.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
HTC Trophy spotted in the wild, sporting Verizon logo  —  If you had any remaining doubts whether the HTC Trophy would be playing for Team Red, you can leave them at the door — a tipster just sent us a high-res version of the above image, and says it's running the latest version of Windows Phone 7, complete with copy/paste support.
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Facebook Investor Peter Thiel: Palantir Is The Next Facebook Or Google  —  Who isn't looking for the next big tech company?  —  For a FORBES magazine story I recently wrote on cyber-security software-maker Palantir Technologies, I spoke with billionaire Facebook investor Peter Thiel …
Discussion: TechEye, SAI and Zootool
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
What ‘The Social Network’ Won (Three Awards, But Not Best Picture) #Oscars  —  Despite losing Best Picture to The King's Speech, Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher's epic Facebook creation myth The Social Network did pick up three Oscars tonight, more than any film about nerds has ever garnered, unless you count A Beautiful Mind.
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:   How ‘The Social Network’ Saved Mark Zuckerberg
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
All of Facebook's Like Buttons on Third-Party Sites Now Publish a Full News Feed Story  —  When users click the Like or Recommend button on a third-party website or within a Facebook app, it now publishes a full news feed story instead of just a one-line Recent Activity story.
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Dawn Wires:
Saudi King to buy Facebook for $150 billion to end the revolt: Goldman Sachs to advise  —  In what is being termed as pure Wall street Gordon Gecko tactics, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has decided to make an offer of $150 billion to buy out Facebook.  Inside sources within the kingdom suggest …
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Wael Ghonim / @ghonim:   Egyptian mainstream media is reporting this http://bit.ly/dRxCu1 as real news. Some journalists need some serious training!
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
10.7 Lion allows multi-user remote computing  —  iMac screen sharing with MacBook Air on a different account  —  Yesterday we told you that the popular Back to my Mac feature might go free with 10.7 Lion and we also told you the service received a few tweaks in Lion.
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple targets SMBs with JointVenture  —  Apple laid the first stages of JointVenture out to Apple Retail staff today and as West Coast employees exit the meetings we are getting our first information on the new small business program.  JointVenture will be launched on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
BlackBerry PlayBook will support Android apps, RIM rep proclaims [video]  —  BGR exclusively reported in January that Research in Motion was hard at work trying to add support for Android applications to the BlackBerry PlayBook and its QNX-based OS.  The move would be a huge one …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
How Kinect and its offspring are shaping the future of Microsoft  —  Gee-whiz conceptual demos of “natural user interfaces” are a longstanding tradition at Microsoft, but the early success of the Kinect motion controller for Xbox 360 has given these projects new energy, demonstrating their potential to impact the company and the world.
Discussion: IntoMobile, The Next Web and Engadget
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
France's Orange Hopes to Put the Squeeze on Rivals with an iPhone Voice Mail App  —  While few in the U.S. know Orange as anything other than a color or a fruit, the France Telecom mobile unit is hoping to change that with an app that improves upon the iPhone's built-in voicemail.
Discussion: Electronista and MacNN
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kontagent Adds Real Time Monitoring To Facebook Analytics Platform  —  Kontagent, an fbFund winner and social analytics platform, is adding real time functionality to its social application monitoring system.  —  Kontagent's platform gives Facebook app developers, game studios …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and VentureBeat
 
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Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Swipely Swaps Public Purchase-Sharing for Private Savings
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
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Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
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