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6:35 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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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPad 2 first hands-on! (update: even more video!)  —  Well there you have it folks — the absurdly thin new iPad 2.  We just got our hands all over the next greatest tablet from Apple and it's... very much the same, save for that new body.  There's no question that the industrial design is top notch …
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.
Laura June / Engadget:
Apple slashes original iPad price to $399, iPad 2 not up for pre-order yet  —  Steve Jobs told us earlier that the new iPad pricing will stay exactly the same as the original iPad — meaning a base price of $499 for the 16GB WiFi version.  Well, even though you can't get an iPad 2 until March 11th …
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 …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Apple Announces New iMovie, Garageband For iPad
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom vs. HP TouchPad vs. BlackBerry PlayBook: the tale of the tape  —  You might recall we ran this comparison about a month back when HP's TouchPad was announced, but now we're back with a full set of 2011 devices as Apple's brand new iPad 2 has joined the fray.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's iPad 2: An incremental upgrade enough to kill the competition  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad 2 on Wednesday and the festivities went about as expected.  The iPad got two cameras, dropped some girth and introduced some snazzy new covers.  —  Missing from the equation was a USB port and a new display.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
No apps, no sale: iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom vs RIM Playbook vs HP TouchPad
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, Thanks:scobleizer
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 …
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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 …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs: Tablets Are Not PCs And Our Competitors Don't Get It  —  The iPad is not a computer, and competitors who approach it like the PC market will fail, says Apple's Steve Jobs.  —  Like he did at last year's iPad introduction, Jobs closed today's iPad 2 event by talking …
Discussion: WinRumors and Tools
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Chris Alexander:
Why iPad 2 doesn't have HDMI built in  —  One thing struck me, other than the inexplicable absence of a “retina” display in the new iPad model, about Apple's announcement today.  Why did Apple not build HDMI into the iPad 2?  —  It's not for the lack of space.
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple brings HDMI output to iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2
Discussion: Macworld
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Pricing Of iPad A Formidable Moat, Says Bernstein  —  In advance of Apple's (AAPL) media event in San Francisco later today, at which it is expected to unveil the second generation of the iPad, Sanford Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi today asks in a note to clients why competitors …
Discussion: Bloomberg, VatorNews, Digits and MarketBeat
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
In With A Bang, Out With A Whimper: Calacanis Walks From TechCrunch Lawsuit  —  The PR stunt/blatant shakedown that so many tech journalists fell for is now apparently over.  Just one business day after the conclusion of Jason Calacanis' Launch Conference he's filed a court document asking …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Race to Build a PageRank for the Social Web Continues  —  As the race to build the social version of Google's PageRank heats up, PeerIndex has added a new source of data for its rankings: the company said today that users can now connect their Quora profiles to the service …
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 …
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 and Pitos Blog
Timothy Carmody / Technology Review:
A Tangled Web of Shortened Links  —  A study of link shortening reveals hidden strands of the Web.  —  Last month, the Libyan government temporarily cut off access to the Internet within the nation's borders.  The goal was to control the flow of information to the public and disrupt coordination among the demonstrators.
Xan Brooks / Guardian:
Spielberg lines up WikiLeaks film based on Guardian book  —  Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks studio has bought the rights to WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy  —  Steven Spielberg looks set to oversee WikiLeaks: the Movie after securing the screen rights to WikiLeaks …
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.
 
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