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2:30 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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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.
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,” …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: SAI, Mobilized, LAPTOP Magazine and Gearlog
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 …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Apple Announces New iMovie, Garageband For iPad  —  Today, Apple announced a few new apps for the iPad to run on the latest version of iOS 4.3.  Apple says they have set the bar high for devs with iPad specific releases of iMovie and Garageband.  —  iMovie for iPad gets a bunch of the same features found in the OS X version.
Discussion: TUAW
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Fragmentation Mystery: Why Is iOS 4.3 Listed For GSM iPhone-Only?
Discussion: Technologizer, SAI and Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: paidContent, Mashable! and Fast Company
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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 …
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.
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
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 …
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).
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
 
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Opinionaided's Mobile Q&A App Snags $1M in Funding
Discussion: TechCrunch, VatorNews and The Next Web
Wall Street Journal:
Odd Couple Behind Nintendo 3-D Push
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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Japan Phone Makers See Opportunity in Android
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Mobile Photo Sharing Casualty, Treehouse Hits The Deadpool; Founder Off To Google
Bloomberg:
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Dharmesh Mehta / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live Mesh reaches 5 million connected devices
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
License-plate social network Bump.com raises more than $1M (exclusive)
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Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Threatens to Cut Affiliates in California
Discussion: SAI
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
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Joel Johnson / Wired:
1 million workers. 90 million iPhones. 17 suicides. Who's to Blame?
Discussion: @radleybalko
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
To Grow Big, Twitter Seeks Small Ads