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9:45 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 …
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 …
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.
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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Electronista:
AT&T to get iPhone Personal Hotspot with iOS 4.3 on March 11
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Fragmentation Mystery: Why Is iOS 4.3 Listed For GSM iPhone-Only?
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: Tools and WinRumors
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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: App Advice and Macworld
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
How Charlie Sheen Got His Twitter Account Verified So Fast  —  Ad.ly Helped Take Handle From Squatter  —  Only 24 hours after Charlie Sheen got started on Twitter with @CharlieSheen, he had amassed more than 900,000 followers, easily one of the fastest follower roll-ups the service has seen.
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 …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Profiles Has a New Interface  —  Google Profiles has a new user interface that emphasizes the profile photo, includes many new sections and uses encrypted connections.  You can now click on a section of your profile to edit it, add “10 words that describe you best”, bragging rights …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Microsoft Mulls Legally Poking Facebook Over Ad Talent Raid  —  Microsoft-furious over a recent talent grab of its top advertising exec by Facebook-has been considering a wide range of options, including legal action to block the move, according to sources close to the situation.
Discussion: SAI and The Next Web
Joshua Brustein / Bits:
Resist the Pull of Smartphones, Nintendo President Urges Developers  —  The president of Nintendo told video game developers Wednesday that smartphones were driving a trend toward lower quality, and economically unsustainable, video games.  —  “I fear our business is dividing …
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebProNews
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Andrew Yoon / Joystiq:
Netflix and ‘short-form video service’ coming to Nintendo 3DS
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 …
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: VatorNews and MarketBeat
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Alleged WikiLeaker could face death penalty  —  According to a new report from NBC News, Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier who allegedly put the “leaks” in WikiLeaks, could face the death penalty.  On Wednesday, the US government filed 22 new charges against Manning, one of which—"aiding the enemy"—is a capital offense.
Discussion: msnbc.com, CBS News, Boing Boing and Reuters
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Posterous 2.0 Is A Group Sharing App With A Website Attached
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DigiTimes:
Apple expects shipments of 6-6.5 million iPads in 1Q11
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry PlayBook launching on April 10th
Christine Lagorio / Inc.com:
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