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2:10 PM ET, February 28, 2011

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors Page 2:
New ‘iPad 2’ Image Almost Certainly Fake  —  Earlier today, BGR posted an image it had received from a source claiming that it was a rear view of the second-generation iPad.  The image has of course received a fair bit of traction on Apple-focused sites this morning, but it is almost certainly fake.
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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.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2: also comes in white?
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple Plots Move To Expand iPhone's Market Share  —  Apple (AAPL) continues to plot new moves in its campaign to conquer the world.  —  In a research note this morning, Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi reports on a meeting he had last week with Apple COO Tim Cook, CFO Peter Oppenheimer and VP of Internet Services Eddy Cue.
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple COO Hints At Cheaper iPhone, Saying, We Don't Want To Be For “Just The Rich”  —  Apple COO Tim Cook strongly suggested we will see a cheaper iPhone in the near future in an interview with Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi.  —  Cook says Apple is doing “clever things” to attack the prepaid market …
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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Peter / The Mac Security Blog:
Black Hole RAT is Really No Big Deal
Discussion: SC Magazine US
Leon Erlanger / InfoWorld:
Motorola's big plans to fix Android's security woes  —  Execs confirm plans to develop APIs for the missing capabilities, letting Android devices match the security level of BlackBerrys and iPhones  —  It's official: Motorola Mobility execs have confirmed to InfoWorld that the smartphone maker …
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: SAI, Zootool and TechEye
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Facebook plans to resume address, phone sharing  —  Despite congressional criticism, Facebook is planning to resume the aborted rollout of a feature that allowed the optional sharing of addresses and mobile phone numbers.  —  Facebook said in a letter (PDF) released today …
Discussion: All Facebook and ClickZ
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.
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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Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
And the Winner of the Academy Award Goes to... Real-Time Social Streams?
Discussion: MediaMemo, New York Times and @chloes
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Chris Sacca And J.P. Morgan Acquired 10% Of Twitter Via Huge Secret Secondary Fund  —  Lots and lots of buzz today in all the major newspapers about how J.P. Morgan is trying to buy 10% or so of Twitter for $450 million.  —  As far as I can tell, all of the stories are wrong.
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.
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.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Yahoo Blocked Delicious Founder Joshua Schachter From Investing In Twitter  —  Delicious founder Joshua Schachter was offered the opportunity to invest in Twitter's first round and Yahoo, where he was working at the time, blocked him.  Of course now Twitter is trading at $4.5 billion and will probably be a $10 billion company one day.
Dan Frommer / SAI:
Amazon Gets Another Kindle Distributor: AT&T Will Sell In Its 2,000+ Stores  —  Amazon smartly continues to sell its Kindle e-reader at more places than just its Amazon.com web store.  The company's latest Kindle distributor is AT&T, the wireless carrier that powers the Kindle's 3G connection in the U.S.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Windows Intune cloud-management service to go on sale March 23  —  Microsoft plans to make its Windows Intune cloud-management service available for trial or purchase on March 23 in 35 countries, company officials disclosed on February 28.  —  Windows Intune (codenamed “Florida” …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
SocialEyes Taps Facebook Social Graph For Video Chatting  —  SocialEyes, a new start-up co-founded by RealNetworks chairman Rob Glaser, is launching today at DEMO with the promise of making video chat truly social by leveraging Facebook Connect.  The San Francisco company is building …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Hearst's Manilla Aims to Handle Household Bills  —  There are many to manage your finances online, but many of them handle only the paying of run-of-the-mill bills.  A site starting in beta-test mode on Monday, called Manilla, is aiming for something broader.
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Mashable Breaks From Federated Media, Hires Own Ad Sales Force  —  Has the Rambunctious Blog Covering Social Media Finally Grown Up?  —  Is Mashable, the rambunctious blog covering all things social, finally grown up?  The site, founded by a 19-year-old Pete Cashmore in 2005 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Khosla Ventures Leads $5.6 Million Funding For MyLikes; Buchheit Joins Board  —  Khosla Ventures likes social advertising startup MyLikes.  The VC firm is leading the startup's $5.6 million Series A financing.  Lightspeed Partners also invested and Metamorphic Ventures …
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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.
Don Clark / Digits:
Server Startup SeaMicro First to Use New Intel Chip  —  A Silicon Valley startup selling a new style of server system now has another unusual selling point-a microprocessor that was all but custom-tailored for the company by Intel. … SeaMicro, a closely held company in Santa Clara, Calif. …
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.
 
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kontagent Adds Real Time Monitoring To Facebook Analytics Platform
Discussion: Inside Facebook and VentureBeat
Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
Vodafone U.K. Service Crippled After Network Equipment Theft
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
France's Orange Hopes to Put the Squeeze on Rivals with an iPhone Voice Mail App
Discussion: Electronista and MacNN
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Swipely Swaps Public Purchase-Sharing for Private Savings
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Motorola Mobility Sues TiVo to Challenge Time Warp Patents
Discussion: Reuters and Law Blog
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