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8:25 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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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 …
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?
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  —  The most important numbers by far at Apple's special event in San Francisco today were 2 (as in iPad 2) and 4.3 (as in iOS 4.3).  But there plenty of others as well, each a testament to Apple's continuing dominance of the smartphone and tablet markets.
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and Mobilized
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.
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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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
No apps, no sale: iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom vs RIM Playbook vs HP TouchPad
Discussion: Erictric and @scobleizer, Thanks:scobleizer
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: Gadget Lab, App Advice 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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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, Gizmodo and SlashGear
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 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Twitter's Stone says no IPO or funding 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: SAI, The Next Web, @danprimack and Reuters, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
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
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.
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: Fortune and NewEnterprise
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
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
March Madness Comes to the iPad, for Free
Yoree Koh / Japan Real Time:
Japanese Publishers Take on Baidu
Discussion: The Next Web
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Intel outs ‘Poulson’ speeds and feeds
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Coupons.com Prepares For NFC And Future
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
A ‘Pear’ Gives Apple Devices an Easy Way to Control TVs
Discussion: CNET News
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Gmail missing e-mails, login problems, continue into fourth day
David Pogue / New York Times:
Cable TV In Pursuit Of Mobility
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
In With A Bang, Out With A Whimper: Calacanis Walks From TechCrunch Lawsuit
Discussion: Pulse2
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Pricing Of iPad A Formidable Moat, Says Bernstein
Discussion: Bloomberg, VatorNews and MarketBeat
Xan Brooks / Guardian:
Spielberg lines up WikiLeaks film based on Guardian book
Discussion: ITProPortal
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs: Tablets Are Not PCs And Our Competitors Don't Get It
Discussion: TechEye, WinRumors and Mobilized