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10:15 AM ET, March 3, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple's iPad 2 Event by the Numbers
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and Mobilized
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2 will be at Best Buy at launch (Update: Sams Club+Walmart)  —  In case you want to sit in the parking lot of a Best Buy rather than the parking lot of an Apple Store: Best Buy will have iPad 2 at launch.  Wooo!  —  Will the other usual suspects (Verizon, AT&T, Walmart) as well?
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Jennifer Allan / Electricpig.co.uk:
iPad price drop: Apple will refund the difference  —  If you recently bought an iPad, only to find that there's now a shiny new iPad 2 and a whopping great £100 reduction on the price tag of the original iPad, do not be alarmed!  Apple will refund you the difference, so you could still take advantage of that iPad price drop.
Discussion: GigaOM, 9 to 5 Mac and The Next Web
Nielsen Wire:
Who is Winning the U.S. Smartphone Battle?  —  The answer depends on whether you're looking at operating systems or manufacturers.  —  The battle for the hearts and minds of consumer smartphone owners continues to be a heated one according to data just released by The Nielsen Company.
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Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:   Nielsen: Apple And RIM, Not Android, Are Winning The U.S. Smartphone Race
Chris Barth / Invested Interest:
Charlie Sheen's TwitPics Are Worth 1000 Words, But Are They Worth $1000?  —  Making cash off of Charlie?  —  Charlie Sheen has taken the public by storm in an unparalleled media blitz; his past 48 hours have been a media explosion - from daytime television to web news publications.
Discussion: Twittercism
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Edmund Lee / AdAge:
How Charlie Sheen Got His Twitter Account Verified So Fast
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
March Madness Comes to the iPad, for Free  —  Big sports events generally shy away from the Web, because they're still worried-with good reason-about trading analog dollars for digital dimes.  —  One exception to the rule has been the annual March Madness NCAA college basketball tournament …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Disney acquires gaming engine startup to build HTML5 games outside of App stores  —  Disney has acquired an HTML5 gaming engine startup called Rocket Pack, based out of Helsinki, Finalnd.  A Disney spokesperson told us today, exclusively: “We can confirm that The Walt Disney Company has acquired Rocketpack …
Discussion: SAI, Thanks:mikebutcher
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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Zach Epstein / BGR:
AT&T says iPhone users aren't fleeing to Verizon faster than expected  —  Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, AT&T Mobility boss Ralph de la Vega said that iPhone users aren't defecting to Verizon Wireless any faster than the carrier expected.  “We haven't seen any surprises …
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
Francis Tan / The Next Web:
Beijing to track citizens with their cell phones  —  As if the Great Firewall is not enough, the Chinese government is now looking into monitoring the movement of 17 million cellphone users in Beijing, China by tracking the signal of their mobile devices.  —  Purportedly to improve Beijing's …
Sydney Morning Herald:
The anti-social network: boys jailed for $26m ‘Crimebook’ scam  —  Nick Webber pictured on a Facebook page.  —  Two British schoolboys have been jailed for up to five years for running a $26 million Facebook-style website for criminals dubbed “Crimebook”.  —  Nick Webber, 19, and Ryan Thomas …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Microsoft and Google jointly sue GeoTag Inc. in order to invalidate a patent asserted against more than 300 entities  —  Google and Microsoft have joined forces to take down a Texas company's geotagging patent that they claim has been used in lawsuits against more than 300 entities, many of which are customers of the two companies.
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.
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.
The Scholarly Kitchen:
The Battle for Control — What People Who Worry About the Internet Are Really Worried About  —  Posted by Kent Anderson under Authority, Authors, Controversial Topics, Historical, Nostalgia, Social Role, Technology, Tools, World of Tomorrow  —  Over the past few years …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Opera browser gets an over-17 rating in Mac App Store, reacts in good humor  —  You might not yet be aware of this, but Apple's policy towards web browsers is to treat the entire internet as their content.  As a result, all browsers on the iOS App Store come with a minimum age requirement …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Documents Reveal TSA Research Proposal To Body-Scan Pedestrians, Train Passengers  —  A sample streetside scan image from American Sciences & Engineering.  —  Updated with the TSA's response below, which denies implementing airport-style scans in mass transit.
Discussion: Gawker and Threat Level
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Daily Deal Revenues Could Soar to $6 Billion in 2015  —  Spending on U.S. daily deals could soar as much as $3.9 billion in the next four years, up from only $873 million in 2010.  —  The estimates were released today by BIA/Kelsey, but seem conservative given some of the official figures known about the largest players in the space.
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Social Media Offers Wealth of Clues for Law Enforcement  —  First, Facebook helped get Rodney Bradford out of jail; later, it threatened to send him back.  —  In 2009, the social networking site helped exonerate Mr. Bradford after prosecutors charged him with a robbery in Brooklyn.
 
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Yoree Koh / Japan Real Time:
Japanese Publishers Take on Baidu
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
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Discussion: CNET News
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Gmail missing e-mails, login problems, continue into fourth day
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Debuts A More Social Service Cloud 3 With Chatter, Facebook And Twitter Integrations
Discussion: Fortune and NewEnterprise
David Pogue / New York Times:
Cable TV In Pursuit Of Mobility
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Man upgrades Windows 1.0 to Windows 7 [video]
Discussion: The Next Web, SlashGear and Gizmodo
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Joe Mullin / paidContent:
EU Regulators Raid Publishers, Seeking Answers About High e-Book Prices
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google Courts Game Developers With a New Site and Free Netbooks, Tablets & Phones
Electronista:
AT&T to get iPhone Personal Hotspot with iOS 4.3 on March 11
Discussion: Engadget, TechCrunch and MacNN, Thanks:diggretweets
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
In With A Bang, Out With A Whimper: Calacanis Walks From TechCrunch Lawsuit
Discussion: Pulse2
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs: Tablets Are Not PCs And Our Competitors Don't Get It
Discussion: TechEye, WinRumors and Mobilized