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12:45 AM ET, March 3, 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 …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple kills fall iPad 3 rumors by calling 2011 “Year of iPad 2”  —  Apple has grounded speculation of a fall release of “iPad 3,” focusing its marketing message on the iPad 2 it will soon offer for sale by calling 2011 “the year of iPad 2.”  —  Apple's chief executive Steve Jobs noted …
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
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
No apps, no sale: iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom vs RIM Playbook vs HP TouchPad
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Your Daily Apple, 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
Discussion: MacNN, Thanks:diggretweets
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
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Man upgrades Windows 1.0 to Windows 7 [video] … One man has captured every install of Windows from 1.0 through to 7 and shared it with the world via YouTube.  —  The video details install processes and the UI for each version of Windows over the past 25 years and most importantly the upgrade process.
Discussion: The Next Web and The Daily What
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Now Processing $1 Million In Mobile Payments Per Day  —  Mobile payments startup Square has reached a new milestone this week—the company is now processing $1 million in payments per day, co-founder Jack Dorsey just Tweeted.  —  Square was processing a few million in mobile transactions per week …
Discussion: SAI, @jack, Pulse2, @josh_smith and @fromedome
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, Tools and Mobilized
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 …
Discussion: Pulse2
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, Pulse2 and The Next Web
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.
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
The Apple strategy tax  —  In episode 6 of the now-defunct StackOverflow podcast, former Microsoft employee Joel Spolsky talked about one of the many things that holds back large companies like Microsoft. … I've been thinking about the concept of a “strategy tax” while watching Apple's latest round of App Store policy changes.
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 …
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Andrew Yoon / Joystiq:
Netflix and ‘short-form video service’ coming to Nintendo 3DS
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Ashton Kutcher's Twitter Account Hacked at TED  —  TV star Ashton Kutcher may have more followers than all but 5 other people on Twitter (6,393,559) but he apparently has at least one snarky and politically minded adversary at the prestigious TED conference this week.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Debuts A More Social Service Cloud 3 With Chatter, Facebook And Twitter Integrations  —  It's no secret that Salesforce is aggressively pushing its social agenda with product developments.  Chatter, the company's “Facebook for the Enterprise,” was recently updated with Facebook …
Discussion: NewEnterprise
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Gmail missing e-mails, login problems, continue into fourth day  —  Gmail problems persisted Wednesday, marking a fourth day of Google working to restore missing e-mails and logins for thousands of users.  —  The last official update on how far Google has gotten in its repairs …
 
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