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1:55 AM ET, March 4, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Steve Jobs' reality distortion takes its toll on truth  —  Apple twisted facts and used an erroneous quotation to try to convince crowds that all other tablets had no shot at de-throning the iPad in 2011.  —  In what seems like a ritual at this point, I watched Apple's iPad 2 keynote in disbelief …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
iPad 2 wasn't Apple's big March 2nd announcement  —  It was the software — FaceTime, Garage Band, iMovie and Photo Booth — and the colorful Smart Covers.  I kid you not.  There are good reasons why so much of yesterday's launch event focused on software — hell, Apple even made a video …
Discussion: Gartner, Guardian, MacGazette.net and TiPb
Garett Sloane / New York Post:
Facebook co-founder set to sell 10M shares  —  While deep-pocketed investors from New York to Beijing are clamoring to buy a piece of Facebook, news that a co-founder of the social networking giant is shopping around a portion of his stake is raising eyebrows on Wall Street, The Post has learned.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Plan Windows for Tablets Release 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.
Fred / A VC:
Techmeme vs Hacker News  —  My two favorite tech news aggregators are Techmeme and Hacker News.  I visit both multiple times per day for a quick scan of what is going on in techland.  —  They are very different and you can see that in action this morning.  —  Here is the above the fold Techmeme right now (9am eastern):
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Illegal TV streamers, here's how the feds will hunt you down  —  When the US government decides to take down a website offering access to free TV streams over the Internet, it doesn't mess around.  Newly unsealed court documents show that Brian McCarthy, the 32-year old alleged operator …
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.
Discussion: paidContent, Post Tech and Electronista
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web, Thanks:arjo
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Ditto: The Social App For What You Should Be Doing  —  Think about Foursquare right now.  You can tell everyone what you're currently doing, but there's no good mechanism for planning something to do or for getting a recommendation for something to do.  Sure, you could use “shouts” that way.
David Kirkpatrick / Vanity Fair:
Twitter Was Act One  —  Considering that he invented Twitter and is about to launch another potential game changer with his new company, Square, Jack Dorsey has one of the lowest profiles in tech.  But from his childhood obsession (city maps) to his dream job (mayor of New York City) …
Discussion: eMoney, @tedr and TechCrunch
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: SAI
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
Discussion: Engadget and The Huffington Post
Michael Lansu / Chicago Sun Times:
Groupon sued over deal expiration dates  —  A potential class action lawsuit was filed in federal court Tuesday against Chicago-based Groupon, claiming the discounted gift certificate website issues coupons with illegal expiration dates.  —  Eli R. Johnson claims he purchased …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With “Quick Bar”, Twitter Has Figured Out How To Cram Ads Into The Stream  —  Twitter has just rolled out a pretty substantial new update to the iOS versions of its app today.  Several of the new features look nice, such as the new Tweet box design, and the easier way to find friends via phone contacts.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Twitter Story Fail  —  It's amazing to me how wrong The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times were on their Twitter fundraising stories last week.  All claimed multiple independent sources, but everyone got the story wrong in the same way.
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
CEO Tim Armstrong, Arianna Huffington Reveal AOL's Ambitious Hollywood Strategy  —  On the new cover of The Hollywood Reporter magazine with Huffington and new AOL partner Heidi Klum, Armstrong says, “We have a plan and we're executing as quickly as almost any company in our space.”
Discussion: GigaOM and Company Town
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Why Sun Microsystems Failed  —  Former CEO Scott McNealy's allegiance to Sun's hardware culture shortchanged its software initiatives, and ultimately doomed the company.  —  Scott McNealy believes the best preparation for business is to play hockey.  The teamwork, the individual risk taking …
Andy Chu / Bing:
Bing Launches Deals  —  Calling all bargain hunters, deal lovers, Groupon groupies and Living Social fanatics!  Things just got easier.  —  Today we're launching Bing deals for the desktop and mobile (m.bing.com) - giving you access to more than 200,000 unique offers in over 14,000 cities …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix for iPad updated with a new custom UI but loses features like DVD queueing  —  While its page on iTunes doesn't show any change, HackingNetflix points out Netflix for iPad was updated today with a new version of the app that gives it a customized interface instead of just pulling …
Discussion: Gizmodo, PhoneArena and Hacking NetFlix
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Google's Android Spurs More App Jobs Than IPhone  —  Online job board Dice.com says its listings show demand for developers of Android applications has eclipsed the desire for Apple app developers  —  Software engineers skilled in making applications for Google's Android mobile-operating system …
Discussion: Electronista
David Faber / The Faber Report:
Latest Facebook Investment Values Company at $65 Billion  —  General Atlantic, a $17 billion investment firm, will soon become the latest investor in Facebook, buying one tenth of one percent of the company in a deal that values the social networking giant at $65 billion, according to people with knowledge of the transaction.
Kim Zetter / Epicenter:
TED 2011: Junk Food Algorithms and the World They Feed Us  —  When the internet launched more than a decade ago, it promised, or so the myth goes, to broaden our horizons and connect us to people and viewpoints we'd never have encountered without it.  But in reality, instead of widening …
Bomi Lim / Bloomberg:
South Korea Says Government Websites Attacked, Issues Alert  —  South Korea issued an alert against cyber attacks after websites run by government agencies, including the presidential office and the national intelligence agency came under assault.  —  About 40 websites were targeted today …
Discussion: The Next Web
Steven Levy / Epicenter:
The ‘Panda’ That Hates Farms: A Q&A With Google's Top Search Engineers  —  LONG BEACH - Last week Google announced a new update to its search engine that addressed the growing complaint that low-quality content sites (derisively referred to as content farms) were ranked higher than higher-quality sites …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Vurve Raises Another $4.5 Million To Give Businesses “Advertising On Autopilot”  —  It's no secret that a well-managed online marketing campaign can be a powerful weapon for small businesses eager to get in front of new customers — there's a reason Google's AdWords pulls in billions each year.
 
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Electronista:
Apple said shipping 12 million iPad 2s in spring alone
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Birgitta Jonsdottir Interview on Wikileaks
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
A rare disagreement  —  John Gruber:  —  The root cause …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Jim Popkin / Epicenter:
Robert Soloway Exits Prison, Disavows ‘Spam King’ Ways
Gina Trapani / Smarterware:
The Case Against Drop-down Identities
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
INTC: Piper Sees Change Of Guard In Tech Wave
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Free messaging apps threaten wireless carriers' cash cow
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 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
A low-tech Microsoft slate for the masses
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘Joint Venture’ Small Business Program Officially Launched
Discussion: TUAW, The Next Web, Macworld and 9 to 5 Mac
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Apps are 15 times more popular than ebooks
Discussion: Kindle Review
Jennifer Allan / Electricpig.co.uk:
iPad price drop: Apple will refund the difference
Nielsen Wire:
Who is Winning the U.S. Smartphone Battle?