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2:05 PM ET, March 9, 2011

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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside AT&T vs Verizon iPad 2 data service plans  —  Apple is offering iPad 2 in two carrier options within the US, but AT&T and Verizon's plans differ significantly.  —  AT&T iPad data plans  —  AT&T continues to offer its no commitment plan that users can start or stop anytime without incurring any fees.
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple releases iOS 4.3  —  Apple on Wednesday released iOS 4.3, the promised update to its mobile operating system.  —  First announced during last week's iPad 2 event, iOS 4.3 wasn't supposed to be released until Friday when the iPad 2 ships to customers.  However, Apple released the operating system a couple of days early.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS 4.3 released with faster Safari, hotspot, and more AirPlay features (direct links!)  —  It is time to get your iOS 4.3 download on.  With a bevy of new features, bugfixes and sweet, sweet Safari speed improvements, you pretty much can't lose...unless you have a VZ iPhone or iPhone 3G that is.
Joel Spolsky / Stack Overflow:
A New Name for Stack Overflow (with surprise ending)  —  It's been a while since we've done something arbitrary, complicated, and confusing, so today I'm happy to announce that the name of the company has been changed, effective immediately, to Stack Exchange Inc!
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Stack Overflow, Now Stack Exchange Inc, Raises $12M From Union Square Ventures And Others
Discussion: VatorNews
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
JP Morgan: Apple's iPad 2 could cause ‘bubble burst’ for rival tablets  —  According to one Wall Street analyst, Apple's soon-to-be-released iPad 2 could burst a bubble for competitors who are hoping to capitalize on the growing tablet market but remain unable to catch up.
Mark LaPedus / EE Times:
Apple, TSMC to expand foundry ties  —  Apple, TSMC to expand foundry ties  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - Rumors are running rampant that Apple Inc. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) are expanding their foundry ties-a possible blow for Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
Xbox.com:
Kinect Sales Surpass Ten Million  —  Following one of the biggest launches in consumer electronics history, Kinect for Xbox 360 continued its momentum in 2011, reaching 10 million Kinect sensors sold worldwide to date.  Not only were sensor sales an overwhelming success …
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Guinness World Records:
Kinect Confirmed As Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
VeriFone calls out Square for ‘gaping security hole,’ publishes sample app to demonstrate  —  VeriFone, a huge provider of credit card processing systems that's been around since time immemorial, has taken a huge swipe at upstart Square today, branding its free, headphone jack-based credit card readers …
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Apotheker Seeks to Save HP's ‘Lost Soul’ With Software Growth  —  Leo Apotheker stood before 4,000 Hewlett-Packard Co. colleagues Jan. 31, shielded from the afternoon Bangalore sun by a vast white tent.  —  Speaking with the accent that betrays his German roots, Apotheker vowed …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14  —  I guess I can finally stop concluding my Internet Explorer (IE) 9 posts with the words “Microsoft officials continue to decline to provide a ship-date target for IE 9.”  —  On March 9, via a blog post, the IE team told users …
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Exclusive: 64GB iPhone 4 Hands-on & Video!  —  The next iPhone?  We are not sure, but we've just got our hands on an engineered prototype of iPhone 4, with 64 GB storage capacity.  We tested it, and it is the real thing, no jokes here.  On the back of the device, it has “XXGB” marking …
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Fusion-IO, Star Of Enterprise Storage, Files for an IPO, Cites Facebook Relationship  —  Remember when I said to keep a close eye on Fusion-io, the enterprise startup that uses flash memory to speed up data storage?  I hope you were paying attention.  Today it filed for an IPO.
David Zax / Fast Company:
The Mysterious Case of the $12,500 Groupon Discount  —  When is a coupon too big?  Meet the jumbo Groupon.  —  By now you're familiar with Groupon deals.  You get a wacky, manically written email each day offering you $30 of tapas for $15 or half off a full Brazilian.
Discussion: Inc.com and Gizmodo
BBC:
New net rules set to make cookies crumble  —  How websites track visitors and tailor ads to their behaviour is about to undergo a big shake-up.  —  From 25 May, European laws dictate that “explicit consent” must be gathered from web users who are being tracked via text files called “cookies”.
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Facebook “Deprecates” FBML Tomorrow (Aw, Poor FBML!)  —  Facebook on Thursday will start moving pages and applications on its platform toward using open Web elements rather than its proprietary FBML (Facebook Markup Language).  As a side effect, the change will push pages and apps creators …
Jason / boche.net:
VMware View Client for iPad Released  —  There's an old saying which goes “The best things in life are free”.  Even better are those things which will forever remain free.  Such is the case with the new VMware View Client for iPad, announced and made available this morning!
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Gmail Unveils Another Weapon Against Email Overload: Smart Labels  —  Back in August, Gmail launched a new feature that's proven to be one of its most effective tools in the fight against email overload: the Priority Inbox.  The feature attempts to automatically sort your incoming email based on importance …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Is Twitter's Problem?  No, It's Not the Product  —  With increasing regularity, Twitter — the San Francisco-based micro-messaging company — finds itself in conflict with its ecosystem.  Last year, its decision to buy Twitter clients only resulted in fraying its bonds with its ecosystem.
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Overage Fees Are Good For You, Says the Wireless Industry  —  Call me crazy, but I almost believed a study on “bill shock” that landed in my inbox today, despite being commissioned by the Wireless Communications Association International trade group.  —  Bill shock refers to the high charges …
Discussion: DSLreports
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Personalized iPad Magazine Zite Learns As You Read, Challenges Flipboard  —  Have you ever created a Genius playlist on iTunes or set up a station on Pandora?  Just plug in one song, and you instantly hear music that matches your tastes.  Think of Zite, the free personalized iPad magazine …
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Facebook's ‘real name’ policy attacked by Chinese blogger  —  Commentator Michael Anti says his Facebook account has been suspended while Mark Zuckerberg's puppy is allowed a page  —  A well-known Chinese commentator has accused Facebook of insulting him by closing his account on the grounds …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Updated: GetJar Ejects Opera Mini From Its App Store  —  Turns out it's not only the native app stores from Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and Android/Google (NSDQ: GOOG) that get a little hot under their collars when they sense competition from those publishing apps in their app markets.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare's Extra Special: A Revamped, Fully Automated Merchant Platform  —  Over the past few days, Foursquare has made headlines for a partnership with American Express, and for a completely revamped version of their mobile experience on the iPhone and Android phones.  And they're not done yet.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yes, Facebook Could Compete With Netflix.  And Everyone Else, Too.  —  Dear mythical investor:  —  I'm confused.  —  Yesterday you owned Netflix shares.  Today you sold them, prompted by the news that Hollywood had begun renting movies on Facebook, using the social network's payment platform.
Ben Brooks / The Brooks Review:
The Very Difficult Problem of Notifications  —  There has been a lot of talk lately about mobile notification systems and specifically what Apple might/should bring to iOS — I think that everyone can agree though that all notifications systems fall short of being great (even WebOS).
Discussion: Marco.org
 
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Sara Jerome / The Hill:
End of the Julius Genachowski era may come soon at the FCC
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Hulu Plus on TiVo apparently being tested, live streaming to iPad apparently being considered
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia-Backed Widgetbox Rebrands As Flite, Raises $12M For Rich Media Ad Serving Platform
Discussion: paidContent and VentureBeat
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
Big Brands Sponsor College Classes to get Social-Media Help
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Appeals Court: Buying Keyword Ads Based On a Competitor's Name Is OK
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
PC Industry Is Apple's Plaything
Discussion: ITProPortal
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
FTC Puts Patent Trolls On Notice
Discussion: Fast Company
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
Meanwhile in Europe, the introduction of Windows Phone doubled sales
Discussion: IDC and IntoMobile
 Earlier Items: 
Electronista:
BlackBerry PlayBook gets 7digital to provide iTunes rival
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DailyBooth So Excited About iPad 2 Camera That They Close A $6 Million Venture Round
Discussion: paidContent, GeekWire and Fast Company
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
Despite Living Online, Teenagers Don't Want to “Like” Your Company on Facebook
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Facebook Is AOLifying the Internet—and That Sucks
Rod Johnson / SpringSource Team Blog:
Addressing a Big New Audience: VMware Acquires WaveMaker
Discussion: The Register