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1:15 PM ET, March 2, 2011

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Engadget:
Live from Apple's iPad 2 event  —  10:11AM “One of the things that's helped us roll this out so fast is our retail stores.  They were built for moments like this.  We have hundreds of Apple stores now.  Without them, we wouldn't have been successful.”  10:10AM Ouch — Honeycomb logo... 100 apps.
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Robert Scoble / @scobleizer:
Steve Jobs is on stage! Standing O from everyone.
Discussion: Mobilized
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mahalo Reduces Headcount by 10% After Google Algo Change  —  I feel for Mahalo founder and CEO Jason Calacanis this past week.  He finishes his Launch conference (my recap), heads to the afterparty and probably gets 10,000 text messages because that was just about the time that Google announced their algorithm change.
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Google: We're Working to Help Good Sites Caught by Spam Cleanup  —  When Google updated its algorithm late last week to weed out low-quality content factories from the top of search results, the changes didn't sit well with all.  —  Many well-known sites that pop up in search results despite having little …
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Google Pulls 21 Apps In Android Malware Scare  —  Google Pulls 21 Apps In Android Malware Scare  —  Google has just pulled 21 popular free apps from the Android Market.  According to the company, the apps are malware aimed at getting root access to the user's device, gathering a wide range …
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Kevin / The Official Lookout Blog:
Security Alert: DroidDream Malware Found in Official Android Market  —  Update: Apps released under the developer names “Kingmall2010″, “we20090202″, and “Myournet” contain DroidDream and have been suspended from the official Android Market.  To date, more than 50 applications …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry PlayBook launching on April 10th  —  We have been told by multiple sources that RIM's very first tablet will be launching on April 10th in retail locations.  Additionally, we're told the OS goes GM (gold master) on March 31st and that when you boot up the device right out of the box …
DigiTimes:
Apple expects shipments of 6-6.5 million iPads in 1Q11  —  Apple internally plans to take deliveries of 6-6.5 million iPads, including iPad 2, in the first quarter of 2011 and aims at a total shipment volume of 40 million iPads for 2011, according to sources from the supply chain.
Quora:
Microsoft: Why doesn't Microsoft understand tablets?  —  Answer (1 of 8): It's interesting to consider how this question would have been answered just two years ago.  Before the iPad, the definition of tablet, was, arguably, the Windows tablet.  As such, there was a lot of speculation …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Random House books come to Apple's iBookstore for iPad, iPhone  —  Days after publisher Random House announced it would adopt the agency model for e-book sales, content from the world's largest consumer trade publisher — including “The Da Vinci Code” — began appearing on Apple's iBookstore.
Christine Lagorio / Inc.com:
How This 19-Year-Old Is Taking On Google  —  Where might you want to search that Google can't reach?  The social slice of the Web, plus everything that an individual has password-protected hovering in the cloud, has been largely off-limits to traditional search engines.
Discussion: Geek.com
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
App Store coming to Google TV  —  A version of the Android Market for the Google TV platform is due “very short term,” the general manager overseeing Google TV products for Logitech said Tuesday.  —  Speaking at the OTTCon here on Tuesday, Ashish Arora, the vice president and general manager …
Denise Leung / Flickr Blog:
Say Hello to Flickr for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7!  —  Back in January, we let you know about some exciting mobile developments we had in store for you, and some of you may have already caught a sneak peak of the newest member of our family here at Flickr.
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Android developers form ‘union’ to protest Google policies  —  A group of Android developers have formed the Android Developers Union, a movement that intends to protest Google's Android Market policies.  —  The group has made seven demands and claims that its members will, if demands are not met …
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
HP Says BlackBerry PlayBook Imitates webOS, RIM Responds  —  There's no denying it.  RIM's first tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, looks pretty darn similar to HP's TouchPad.  Yes, the PlayBook has a smaller 7-inch screen, compared to 9.7 inches for HP's slate.
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Settles With Spring Design, Licenses Its Alex E-Reader Patents  —  Barnes & Noble this morning announced that it has settled a lawsuit it was served by Spring Design back in November 2009 in connection to the latter's Alex Reader (which, perhaps not so coincidentally, is in the process of being phased out).
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Japan Phone Makers See Opportunity in Android  —  TOKYO — Japanese mobile phones are a gadget lover's dream.  They double as credit cards.  They can display digital TV broadcasts.  Some are even fitted with solar cells.  —  And yet, for all their innovations, Japanese-made handsets have had little impact overseas.
Discussion: asymco
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
Brunch Plans Made Easy on the Thumbs  —  GroupMe Offers Group Texting by Cellphone for Parents, Patients, Concert-Goers and Other ‘Normals’  —  Amid throngs of entrepreneurs and digerati set to descend on the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas, next week …
Wall Street Journal:
Odd Couple Behind Nintendo 3-D Push  —  KYOTO, Japan—Nintendo Co.'s place atop the world of videogames, and perhaps the course of the industry itself, is riding on a geek bromance.  —  On Saturday, Nintendo launched its first all-new machine in nearly five years, a handheld player …
Discussion: Digits and GoNintendo
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Files Trademark for Ping's Stylized Bubbles Symbol  —  Apple has been a busy bee this quarter filing trademarks related social networking.  In January they updated their “Apple” trademark to cover social networking while protecting their new “Ping” social network for music lovers in Europe and China.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Dems push for Congressional investigation of HBGary Federal  —  Embattled HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr quit his job yesterday as the prospect of a Congressional investigation loomed.  A dozen Democrats in Congress asked various Republican committee chairs to launch probes of HBGary Federal's idea for a …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Yahoo closes in on Yahoo Japan deal  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc is in advanced talks to exit its joint venture in Japan with SoftBank Corp, a move that could lead it to focus on reaching a decision on its China assets.  —  A deal to transfer Yahoo's 35 percent stake in Yahoo Japan …
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Twitter, Digg investor Mike Maples: Yes, there is a tech bubble  —  Facebook, Zynga and Twitter have inspired a host of copycats, and it's those companies that are overvalued and are creating a growing tech bubble, said Floodgate partner Mike Maples.  —  Some major companies in the Web 2. era …
Discussion: TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Mobile Photo Sharing Casualty, Treehouse Hits The Deadpool; Founder Off To Google  —  In terms of hot spaces at the moment, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything hotter than the mobile photo sharing space.  Instagram, PicPlz, and Path all have gotten huge amounts of funding recently.
Discussion: The Next Web, PSFK and GigaOM
 
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Opinionaided's Mobile Q&A App Snags $1M in Funding
Discussion: TechCrunch, VatorNews and The Next Web
Bloomberg:
San Francisco Offices Rebound as Twitter Helps Fill Banks' Void
Dharmesh Mehta / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live Mesh reaches 5 million connected devices
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
License-plate social network Bump.com raises more than $1M (exclusive)
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Internet Up For Nobel Peace Prize Again, Let's Hope It Wins This Time
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Threatens to Cut Affiliates in California
Discussion: SAI
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Meet Google's human search engine for innovation
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