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11:50 AM ET, March 4, 2011

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Bloomberg:
Apple Negotiating Unlimited Usage of Music Downloads  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is in talks with record companies to give iTunes customers easier access to music they've purchased across multiple devices, said three people with knowledge of the plans.  —  Apple is negotiating …
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Stewart Meagher / thinq_:   Apple in talks over iTunes in the cloud
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
It's Apple's ‘post-PC’ world — we're all just living in it  —  On Wednesday, Apple introduced the world to the iPad 2.  A beautiful device, to be sure.  Feature packed?  You bet.  Soon to be selling like hotcakes?  Absolutely.  But the introduction of an iteration on an already existing product …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Chair  —  Even the chair on the stage was the same.  —  Yesterday's iPad 2 introduction felt like a repeat of last year's event for the original iPad.  Same place.  Same pace and structure for the presentation: a brief prelude of statistics showing how well Apple is doing company-wide …
Discussion: The Loop and Fortune
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
iPad 2 wasn't Apple's big March 2nd announcement
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is Said to Plan Windows Release for Tablets in 2012  —  Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, won't release a competitor to Apple Inc. and Google Inc.'s tablet operating systems until the 2012 back-to- school season, people with knowledge of the plans said.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung finds parts of Galaxy Tab 10.1 ‘inadequate’ compared to iPad 2, reconsiders pricing  —  Whether you love or loathe Apple, you have to be happy with the company's aggressive upgrade of the iPad.  It has led to Samsung, purveyor of an Android 3.0 tablet by the name of Galaxy Tab 10.1 …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Buys Outside.In, Less Than $10 Million  —  AOL will announce today that it has acquired “hyper-local” blog aggregator startup Outside.In, an industry source tells us.  —  We don't know if AOL will announce how much it is paying for the company — probably not — but we're told that it is less than $10 million.
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Web Video Rivalry Sparks U.S. Probe  —  The Justice Department is investigating whether a group representing some top technology firms is unfairly trying to smother a free rival technology for delivering online video that is backed by Google Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Video: Inside Google's Self-Driving Cars  —  At the TED 2011 conference this week, Google has been giving extremely rare demos of its self-driving cars.  TED attendees have even been allowed to travel inside them, on a closed course.  Below, some video of the action.  —  Google's Robot Cars
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google issues Android anti-fragmentation tool  —  Google has made good on a promise to release technology it hopes will curtail Android's fragmentation problem, a complication for programmers who want their software to run on a diversity of devices.  —  Yesterday, the company released a …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Just How Bad Is the iPad 2 Camera?  —  The iPad 2's camera shoots at less than one megapixel.  Jon Snyder/Wired.com  —  It seems impossible for Apple to put a decent camera into anything but the iPhone, and despite many hopes, both cameras in the iPad 2 are about as rudimentary …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Arianna Huffington: We Won't “Mess with” TechCrunch or Engadget: Tim Armstrong Has Big Plans for Video  —  As the Huffington Post merges with AOL, the company will leave its successful brands to operate as independent entities.  Arianna Huffington, who will be editorial chief of the new company …
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Kellex / Droid Life:
WiFi-only Motorola XOOM Headed to Sam's Club, Possibly Priced at $539  —  Been a lot of talk about a wifi-only Motorola XOOM lately and thanks to our friends at Sam's Club, we think it may be closer than anyone imagined and with a better-than-previously-advertised price tag.
Michael Joseph Gross / Vanity Fair:
A Declaration of Cyber-War  —  Last summer, the world's top software-security experts were panicked by the discovery of a drone-like computer virus, radically different from and far more sophisticated than any they'd seen.  The race was on to figure out its payload, its purpose, and who was behind it.
Discussion: GMSV, The Atlantic Online and SAI
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome OS Get A Big Update — Two Words: Trackpad Fixes  —  A couple weeks ago, Google rolled out the beta of Chrome 10, the latest version of their web browser.  Today they're bringing it to Chrome OS too — and it contains more goodies.  Most importantly, Google is touting trackpad fixes …
Jennifer 8. Lee / Bits:
New App Provides a 360-Degree View  —  By JENNIFER 8.  LEE  —  Bubbli, a stealth Silicon Valley start-up that is inventing a new type of photographic experience it calls “bubbles,” gave an early demonstration of the technology at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif.
Discussion: NetworkEffect
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Updated Windows Phone 7 update isn't updating some Samsung phones for March update  —  Man, talk about a flustercuck.  After missing a cycle with its mobile phone strategy, the last thing Microsoft needed was a support fiasco related to its very first Windows Phone 7 software update.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Blekko Now Offers ‘Blekkogear’ Publisher Tools: Badges, Widgets, And Toolbars, Oh My!  —  Search engine Blekko is taking its initiative to insert itself into the news as much as possible one step further today, and is launching a Blekkogear hub for its publishing tools, presenting a package suite …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
Ragavan Srinivasan / Mozilla Labs:
First developer release of Web Apps Project  —  We are excited to announce the availability of the first milestone release of Mozilla's Web Application project.  Web Apps are applications that run on any device, and can be distributed through any store or directly by the developer.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: 99.7% Of People Still Haven't Bought A Tablet Yet  —  Apple's iPad tablet is probably the fastest-selling new consumer electronics device ever, but the potential for growth in the tablet market for Apple, Google, RIM and others is still massive.
Discussion: Engadget, broadstuff and Gizmodo
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Preparing To Introduce New Broadband Plans, 20% Discount When Attached To Voice Accounts?  —  Based on information that just hit my inbox, T-Mobile is preparing to introduce new webConnect broadband rate plans some of which will qualify for a 20% discount when paired with a qualifying voice line.
Discussion: BGR, Engadget, MobileCrunch and Electronista
 
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
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