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5:00 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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple's iPad 2 Event by the Numbers
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and Mobilized
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
No apps, no sale: iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom vs RIM Playbook vs HP TouchPad
Discussion: PhoneArena and Erictric, Thanks:scobleizer
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.
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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: SFGate
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, IntoMobile and Macworld
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 …
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: SlashGear and The Next Web
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 …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
A ‘Pear’ Gives Apple Devices an Easy Way to Control TVs  —  Watching television in the digital home today too often becomes a process of juggling multiple remote controls, trying to remember which “input” on the TV matches which set-top box you use, and peering at a long listing of channels that resembles a spreadsheet.
Discussion: CNET News
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: Pulse2, The Next Web and SAI
Reuters:
Exclusive: Twitter co-founder says not in stake sale talks  —  (Reuters) - Biz Stone, the co-founder of popular microblogging site Twitter, denied a report that the firm was in talks to sell a $450 million stake of the company to a JPMorgan fund, reiterating that it was committed to remaining independent.
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
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
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 Mobilized
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 …
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 …
Discussion: BBC, Daily Mail, Guardian and TechEye
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.
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.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Cable TV In Pursuit Of Mobility
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Discussion: PC World
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
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Discussion: Bloomberg, VatorNews and MarketBeat
Xan Brooks / Guardian:
Spielberg lines up WikiLeaks film based on Guardian book
Discussion: TwitLonger
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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