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3:00 PM ET, March 2, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Launches iPad 2  —  All New Design is Thinner, Lighter & Faster with FaceTime, Smart Covers & 10 Hour Battery  —  Apple® today introduced iPad™ 2, the next generation of its magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple releases iOS 4.3 with iPad 2, includes new AirPlay features and FaceTime  —  Along with the iPad 2, Apple's releasing the final version of iOS 4.3, which features the Nitro Javscript engine from Safari on OS X, new iTunes Home Sharing features, and the suite of AirPlay features …
AppleInsider:
Apple announces iPad 2 with new design, faster A5 processor & two cameras shipping March 11  —  Apple on Wednesday took the wraps off of its second-generation tablet, officially dubbed “iPad 2,” with a completely new, thinner design, a faster dual-core A5 processor, and two video cameras, shipping on March 11.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Apple Announces 100 Million iPhones, 15 Million iPads Sold  —  Steve Jobs, on stage at the iPad 2 event today, announced that, among other things, Apple had sold 100 million iPhones.  That's a hell of a lot.  They also announced an official figure of 15 million iPads sold …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Steve Jobs Appears at Apple iPad Event  —  Steve Jobs took the stage to kick off Apple's event on Wednesday, drawing a standing ovation from the crowd at the Yerba Buena Center For the Arts.  —  “We've been working on this product for a while and I just didn't want to miss the day,” …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
iPad 2 gets a Smart Cover  —  We can't say we were expecting to be impressed by a case for the new iPad 2, but Apple's pulled a surprise out its hat with its new Smart Covers for the tablet.  Available in multiple colors and in your choice of polyurethane or leather variants …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Fragmentation Mystery: Why Is iOS 4.3 Listed For GSM iPhone-Only?  —  Today at their event in San Francisco, Apple showed off the new iPad 2 alongside a new version of iOS: 4.3.  But the end of walk-through was a bit odd.  On screen, Apple showed that iOS 4.3 would be available for free on March 11 …
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.
Discussion: Digits, Macworld, Apple, TeleRead and iClarified
Kyle Thibaut / CrunchGear:
iMovie And Garageband For iPad Announced
Discussion: Engadget, TUAW, PhoneDog.com and Poynter
Laura June / Engadget:
Apple slashes original iPad price to $399, iPad 2 not up for pre-order yet
Discussion: TiPb, Gizmodo and Phones Review
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: GeekSmack
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times Launching Gilt/Groupon Clone This Month  —  This one was inevitable: The New York Times is readying its own Groupon-like e-commerce offering, which will launch at the end of this month.  —  To be technical about it, TimesLimited is really more of a Gilt City clone.
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).
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 …
Discussion: Globe and Mail and The Social
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
 
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Files Trademark for Ping's Stylized Bubbles Symbol
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Opinionaided's Mobile Q&A App Snags $1M in Funding
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Dems push for Congressional investigation of HBGary Federal
Wall Street Journal:
Odd Couple Behind Nintendo 3-D Push
Discussion: Digits
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Twitter, Digg investor Mike Maples: Yes, there is a tech bubble
Discussion: TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Mobile Photo Sharing Casualty, Treehouse Hits The Deadpool; Founder Off To Google
Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Search Engine Land
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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)
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
Joel Johnson / Wired:
1 million workers. 90 million iPhones. 17 suicides. Who's to Blame?
Discussion: @radleybalko and SAI
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
HP Says BlackBerry PlayBook Imitates webOS, RIM Responds