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5:55 PM ET, March 9, 2011

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Guinness World Records:
Kinect Confirmed As Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device  —  New Kinect Device sells quicker than the iPhone and iPad  —  Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, today confirm that the Kinect for the Xbox 360 is the Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device.
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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 …
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.
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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:
Developers rip apart iPad iOS 4.3, find A5 processor == S5L8940
Discussion: iLounge and MacStories
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple TV Now Has MLB.TV And NBA Live Game Streaming  —  Good news for baseball and basketball fans: Apple TV now has MLB.TV, baseball's live game streaming service, and NBA basketball streaming, too.  —  MLB is now promoting the service on this page.  This will require a software update …
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.
Paul Thurrott / Windows Phone Secrets:
Still no update  —  I'll try not to get all emotional here, but ... WTF?  —  Every day, several times a day, I check my phone to see if there's an update available.  When there isn't, I plug it into the laptop, sync via the Zune PC software, and then check there as well.  Nothing.
Discussion: SAI and Daring Fireball
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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.
Discussion: TUAW, Examiner, Electronista and PhoneArena
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple to begin production of white iPhone 4 this month, ship by April, says analyst  —  Apple is expected to begin production of its long-awaited iPhone 4 sometime this month, with shipments no later than early April, according to one analyst's checks.  —  Manufacturers will initiate production …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft seeks to toss Apple ‘App Store’ brief, says font too small  —  In the legendary rivalry between Microsoft and Apple, there have been many subjects of dispute.  But this may be a first.  And no, the headline above is not from The Onion.  —  Microsoft, opposing Apple's attempt …
Discussion: CNET News, MacRumors Page 2 and Gizmodo, Thanks:johnhcook
AppleInsider:
Xcode 4 available to all on Apple's Mac App Store for $4.99  —  Apple on Wednesday released Xcode 4 for free to its registered developers, while everyone else can purchase the development environment for Mac OS X and iOS from the Mac App Store for $4.99.  —  “Xcode 4 has been streamlined to help you write better apps,” Apple said.
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac, MacStories and TUAW
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 …
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: MediaPost and VatorNews
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
StumbleUpon's Second Wind Continues as It Raises $17M  —  StumbleUpon, the content discovery service, has raised $17 million in new funding, according to sources close to the company.  —  The round is from Accel Partners, August Capital, DAG Ventures, First Round Capital and Sherpalo Ventures.
Lauren Dugan / AllTwitter:
Charlie Sheen Intern Tweet Generated 95,333 Clicks in First Hour [Infographic]  —  Ad.ly and Internships.com have released some pretty interesting stats about the Internship.com ad that Charlie Sheen tweeted on Monday.  Not only did nearly 100,000 people click on the link in the first hour …
Discussion: DealBook and Brian Solis
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 …
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 …
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So-Private Parts:
Google Privacy Lawyer's Fascinating (and Unofficial) Thoughts on the “Right to be Forgotten”  —  Here, in the U.S., many of us have accepted that “the Web means the end of forgetting.”  But Europeans are resisting this digital development, and talking of passing a privacy directive …
Discussion: Peter Fleischer
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.
Robert S. Boynton / The Atlantic Online:
North Korea's Digital Underground  —  To smuggle facts into or out of North Korea is to risk imprisonment and even execution.  Yet today, aided by a half-dozen stealthy media organizations outside the country, citizen-journalists are using technologies new and old to break the regime's iron grip on information.
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.
Jared Keller / The Atlantic Wire:
Megan McCarthy: What I Read  —  How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all?  Do they have some secret?  Perhaps.  We are asking various people who seem well-informed to describe their media diets.This is from an email exchange with Megan McCarthy …
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 …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Creators of Steve Jobs Doll Move On to Zuckerberg  —  You might recall a Steve Jobs action figure that appeared online late last year.  It was a good representation of Mr. Jobs, complete with his signature blue jeans, black mock-turtleneck sweater and New Balance sneakers.  But the Mr. Jobs doll didn't last long.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
E-mail anger meter gets sensitivity training  —  Lymbix is releasing a more accurate version of its e-mail sentiment analysis app, ToneCheck, today.  If you're an Outlook user and haven't checked out this service, give it a whirl.  It's one of the more interesting Outlook plug-ins.
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 …
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
 
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Vikram Sahai / Official google.org Blog:
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Thomas Shambler / Stuff Middle East:
First official Apple Store to open in UAE, Mall of the Emirates
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, SlashGear and The Next Web
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
BMI site latest target of Anonymous DDoS attacks
Discussion: Ars Technica
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
End of the Julius Genachowski era may come soon at the FCC
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Epicenter and GigaOM
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Facebook's ‘real name’ policy attacked by Chinese blogger
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare's Extra Special: A Revamped, Fully Automated Merchant Platform
Ben Brooks / The Brooks Review:
The Very Difficult Problem of Notifications
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Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
Big Brands Sponsor College Classes to get Social-Media Help
David Zax / Fast Company:
The Mysterious Case of the $12,500 Groupon Discount
Discussion: Switched and Inc.com
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
FTC Puts Patent Trolls On Notice
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Apotheker Seeks to Save HP's ‘Lost Soul’ With Software Growth
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Is Twitter's Problem? No, It's Not the Product
Discussion: Stowe Boyd