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5:40 PM ET, March 5, 2011

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C.K. Sample III / Sample the Web:
Dear Apple: You're not “Post-PC” until you cut the cord  —  On Wednesday, Steve Jobs took the stage and announced what he called “Apple's third post-PC blockbuster”, the iPad 2.  Don't get me wrong: I'm loving everything I've seen about the iPad 2 and I plan on grabbing one next Friday …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software  —  When five television studios became entangled in a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit against CBS, the cost was immense.  As part of the obscure task of “discovery” — providing documents relevant to a lawsuit …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
iPad May Be Magical.  Apps Aren't.  Here's Why.  —  It has been nearly a year since I first came in close contact with the original iPad.  It blew my mind, and since then, it has become a daily accompaniment.  I create content on my MacBook Air, but I spend a lot of time consuming content and media on the device.
Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
Amazon.com: State stands up to anti-tax attack  —  Is Amazon.com getting nervous?  —  How else to explain its intemperate letter threatening to put more than 10,000 Californians out of work should the state even think about enforcing the collection of unpaid sales taxes on Amazon and other Internet retailers?
Tim Cohn / Search Marketing Communications:
New Google Search Results For Twitter Accounts  —  Google appears to have changed the type of results they display within search results for some Twitter accounts, at least mine anyway. … Instead of listing a series of Tweets inline under the Twitter domain, Google is now publishing the last Tweet within the Twitter search result.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Soshable
Bloomberg:
Facebook Is Said to Resume Talks With Skype on Video-Calling Partnership  —  Facebook Inc., the world's biggest social-networking company, is holding talks with Skype Technologies SA about offering Web video calls to its 500 million users, two people familiar with the discussions said.
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:fdestin
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Angry Birds Are Flying To Facebook  —  Angry Birds has enjoyed more than 75 million downloads, so it's about time that the game developer Rovio is expanding the franchise to the Facebook.  —  The official Angry Birds page on Facebook says that the game will come to the social network in a month …
David Bandurski / China Media Project:
Opium Wars and the perfidy of Google  —  This has so far been a star-studded century for social media on the field of international politics.  We watched a “Twitter revolution” take hold in Moldova in 2009, and “Facebook politics” unfold in Iran and elsewhere.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
‘Tweet Viewer’ Virus Spreads On Twitter  —  @deventweet  —  WOW!  You can see WHO VISITS your TWITTER profile.  That's cool! :)  - http://bit.ly/tweetviewer  —  about 1 hour ago via See Wh0 Viewed Y0ur Pr0fileRetweetReply  —  @syndicatedtech  —  Syndicated Tech  —  I just viewed my TOP20 Profile STALKERS.
Discussion: @delbius and The Next Web, Thanks:mobiletailgate
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Is Best Buy Planning To Give iPads To All Its Sales Associates?  —  A Best Buy employee fetches an iPad for a customer  —  Best Buy has been talking up the notion of a broadband-linked “Connected World” for several years now.  Does that vision include giving Apple iPads to every salesperson in its 1,000-plus U.S. stores?
Darren Murph / Engadget:
AT&T to allow grandfathered unlimited iPad data plans on iPad 2, your weekend rave to continue  —  Good news, iPad 3G owners.  If you were lucky enough to snag one of those coveted unlimited data plans with your original AT&T iPad, you won't have to toss it when upgrading next week.
Discussion: TiPb, Gadgetell and Electronista
Peter Sayer / ITworld.com:
Germany identifies a secure way to deal with spam  —  By demanding real-world identification from senders, a new German mail system may stop spam IDG News Service — In theory, stopping spam is easy: just make it uneconomic to send millions of messages by charging for each one sent …
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's expanding voice control, sync teams hint at iPhone improvements
Discussion: Crave and MacNN
Cade Metz / The Register:
Patent attack on Google open codec faces ‘antitrust probe’
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Google Cranks Up M&A Machine
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Discussion: VentureBeat
Brandon Watson / Many Niches:
Developers: Why You May Not Want To Listen To Robert Scoble
Discussion: SAI, mocoNews and IntoMobile, Thanks:rawmeet
Wall Street Journal:
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