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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
With Jobs Definitely Mulling Appearance at iPad Event, Let's Hope the Focus Is on the Product  —  According to several sources close to the situation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs-who is on a health-related leave from the company-is definitely considering an appearance at its big iPad 2 event tomorrow.
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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple Staffer: iPad 3 Is The One To “Make A Song & Dance About”  —  We've received some tidbits of information about the iPad 2 launch tomorrow from an Apple staffer:  — MobileMe is being revamped with cloud storage features.  — The iPad 2 is a ho-hum update.  It's more of a speed bump than a redesign.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acquires Group Messaging Service Beluga In A Talent AND Technology Deal  —  Facebook has just acquired group messaging service Beluga, we've learned.  —  Here's what we know: Facebook has acquired both the product and the team, and the plan is apparently to keep the service open for now.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:   Is Facebook Group Texting Coming Soon?
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Dirty Percent  —  It's not hard to make the case that Apple's new in-app subscription system offers numerous benefits to users, developers, and publishers.  But whatever those benefits, they stem from the mere existence of these new subscription APIs.  What's controversial is the size of Apple's cut: 30 percent.
Discussion: Technovia
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft delivers its ‘other’ tablet operating system: Windows Embedded Compact 7  —  Microsoft announced general availability on March 1 of the final version of its Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system, codenamed “Chelan.”  —  Microsoft posted a 180-day trial version …
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's New Comments Box Plugin Filters Website Comment Reels by Relevance  —  Facebook has released a major update to its embeddable Comments Box social plugin for third-party websites.  The plugin processes social signals to surface the most relevant comments, and a new moderation dashboard allows admins …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Pros And Cons Of Facebook Comments
Discussion: Lost Remote
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Actually, AOL's Mark Ellis Is Headed to Yahoo  —  As AOL CEO Tim Armstrong works to integrate his $315 million purchase of the Huffington Post into the Internet portal, one of its top advertising leaders is departing for a big job at Yahoo.  —  Mark Ellis will become head …
Discussion: paidContent
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
WHOA: AOL North American Ad Chief Mark Ellis Out*
Discussion: MediaMemo
Gaurav Jain / Google Enterprise Blog:
Now available with Google Apps: User Managed Storage  —  Editor's note: Last year we launched an improvement that makes over 60 additional Google services available to Google Apps users.  This series showcases what's new and how your organization can benefit.  —  Welcome to User Managed Storage
Discussion: InfoWorld
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Google issues ultimatum to Yelp: free content or no search indexing  —  Yelp's chief executive, Jeremy Stoppelman has spoken out against Google's use of its users' business reviews on its Places service, saying the search company has failed to offer them any leeway on the matter.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Apple fights for ‘App Store’ name, calls Microsoft clueless as usual  —  Apple is defending its attempt to trademark the phrase “App Store,” saying in a new filing that Microsoft has failed to prove that the term should be left open for use by competing mobile application marketplaces.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google's New In-App Payments Product Set For Launch In May 2011  —  Google was originally set to debut in-app payments support for Android in the fourth quarter of 2010, and recently said that the launch would be delayed until the end of this quarter.  Be that as it may, the company is set …
Roger Capriotti / The Windows Blog:
IE9 Reaches 36 Million Downloads; Internet Explorer Share Grows  —  Last month, we saw share of both Internet Explorer 8 and 9 grow, and we're pleased to see that momentum continue in February with the availability of the IE9 Release Candidate.  Since its release on February 10th …
Peter Cohen / The Loop:
Angry Birds CEO: “We really have Apple to thank”  —  Of the thousands of games available for download from the App Store, none has had the sustained popularity of Rovio's Angry Birds, a 99 cent physics-based puzzler in which you use a slingshot to launch birds of various shapes and sizes at fortresses containing green pigs.
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Verizon eyes tiered pricing for mid-summer  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless will replace its unlimited mobile data service with usage-based pricing for iPhone customers around the middle of the summer, according to the finance chief of parent Verizon Communications.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Google gifts Xoom tablets to game devs at GDC 2011  —  Google's notoriously generous at developer events, tossing out free devices like candy on Halloween, but here at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco it's letting them flow like wine.  Each attendee at Google's Web Developer …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Buys Security Analytics Software Developer Zynamics  —  It looks like Google has made an acquisition today: security analytics software company Zynamics.  —  Here's the post on Zynamic's blog: We're pleased to announce that zynamics has been acquired by Google!
Richi Jennings / Computerworld:
Google Apps and Gmail outage outrage: Problem NOT resolved  —  Update: The Gmail outage is not yet resolved, despite 35,000 Google Apps and consumer Gmail users agonizing over missing mail.  The cloud service provider is furiously restoring from backup tapes as we speak.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Andreessen Horowitz Makes It a Foursome-Adds IronPort's Scott Weiss as Investing GP  —  High-profile venture firm Andreessen Horowitz added another investing general partner to their group today, with the appointment of IronPort Co-founder Scott Weiss.  —  Weiss is the fourth investing GP …
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Coming Soon: Advertiser Alerts on Your Phone  —  Advertisers have long contemplated a world in which they could contact people walking down the street with special offers and get them to change course and enter a store.  There's been new movement this week to make that vision a reality.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Big Appetite: Greylock Sends Entrepreneurs a Message with Expanded $1 Billion Fund  —  In case you missed it, being a super angel is officially passe.  The new hotness is having a late-stage growth cash.  Sequoia Capital is doing it.  Andreessen Horowitz is doing it.  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is doing it.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon's Android App Store Is Supposedly Launching This Month  —  Amazon's app store for Google Android devices is launching soon — this month — according to this tweet from mobile ad network Millennial Media.  —  “Launching this month!  Amazon Appstore for #Android—learn more here,” …
Sharon Begley / Newsweek:
I Can't Think!  —  The Twitterization of our culture has revolutionized our lives, but with an unintended consequence—our overloaded brains freeze when we have to make decisions.  —  Imagine the most mind-numbing choice you've faced lately, one in which the possibilities almost paralyzed you …
@theHipmunk blog:
Hipmunk Hotels  —  Today's a big day for Hipmunk: we're now searching hotels.  We've designed our hotel search around one basic premise: to find you a good deal in a good location.  —  Hipmunk helps you find the interesting parts of a city and see which hotels are nearby.  Our hotel search is built around a big map.
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Bing's Shopping Search Gets Smarter with Natural Language Capabilities  —  If you search for “air jordans under $100” on Google today, you will get a nice list of ten blue links.  If you search on Google's shopping site, you will get quite a few results with prices around $250.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
StatCounter: Bing Just Beat Yahoo Worldwide  —  According to analytics firm StatCounter, the Bing search engine has just overtaken Yahoo for the first time worldwide during the month of February 2011.  From StatCounter Global Stats, Bing closed out the month with a 4.37% search share compared with Yahoo's 3.93%.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Hands-on: Google Cloud Connect for Office not ready for prime time  —  Google Docs, the online suite of productivity applications, has long offered collaborative, cloud-based sharing and editing of office-type documents.  A new add-in for Microsoft Office, Cloud Connect …
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Rhapsody Offers 60-Day Trial Ahead Of Rumored Spotify U.S. Launch
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Google Misses Facebook Platform Ads Deadline
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
HP Says BlackBerry PlayBook Imitates webOS, RIM Responds
Discussion: Engadget, Thanks:mspoonauer
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype Teams Up With Citrix To Bring GoToMeeting Web Conferencing To Business Offerings
Discussion: About Skype, GigaOM, Skype Journal and Bits
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
70% of the Public Finds Piracy Socially Acceptable
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple granted patent for scratch-proof nitride metal device coating
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Hulu Set for Meteoric Growth in 2011
Discussion: Mashable!
Brice Morrison / Inside Social Games:
How Zynga Defused Its FarmVille Time-Bomb
Discussion: eMoney
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Too Much Data? New Evernote Should Help
Richard G Russell / Foredecker:
Working At Microsoft-20% Time and Prototypes
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Report Finds Connected Devices, Not Phones, Leading the Explosion in Mobile Wireless
Discussion: eWeek, mocoNews and Evolver.fm
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Gordon Brown ‘blocked knighthood’ for Steve Jobs
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola prices WiFi-only Xoom at £450 in the UK (update: €700 in Germany with 3G)