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11:45 PM ET, March 9, 2011

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
iPad 2: Thin, Not Picture Perfect  —  Just as most of its competitors are rolling out their first multitouch tablets to compete with its game-changing iPad, Apple on Friday will start selling a second-generation model, the iPad 2.  —  The new iPad 2 is about a third thinner and over 10% lighter …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPad 2 review  —  To say Apple's iPad 2 is an easy tablet to review is somewhat of an understatement.  The device, a follow up to last year's wildly successful (and currently market-defining) iPad, is nearly identical when it comes to software, and though improved, closely related on the hardware side as well.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple posts iPad 2 guided video tours
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:
Developers rip apart iPad iOS 4.3, find A5 processor == S5L8940  —  Some interesting news is coming out of the development community as developers take apart the newly released iOS 4.3 software (or really just publish stuff they've been under NDA about until now).
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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.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day Blog:
Safari/MacBook first to fall at Pwn2Own 2011  —  VANCOUVER — A team of security researchers from the French pen-testing firm VUPEN successfully exploited a zero-day flaw in Apple's Safari browser to win this year's Pwn2Own hacker challenge.  —  VUPEN co-founder Chaouki Bekrar (right) …
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 …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
On Apple TV Special Apps, Sports, And The Slow Bleeding Of Cable
Discussion: App Advice
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: AOL Will Lay Off Several Hundred Employees, Starting Tomorrow  —  The AOL layoffs are actually here, and they are smaller than some had expected.  —  According to several people close to the situation, the New York-based Internet giant will lay off several hundred staffers starting tomorrow …
Discussion: VentureBeat, paidContent, SAI and @semilshah
The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Firefox 4 Release Candidate for Windows, Mac and Linux Now Available  —  Mozilla Firefox 4 for Windows, Mac and Linux has exited the beta cycle and is now available as a release candidate in more than 70 languages.  The millions of users testing Firefox 4 will be automatically updated …
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Glyn Moody / Open Enterprise:   Mozilla Moves On  —  Back in August last year, I wrote the following …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft France says Windows Phone 7 NoDo to arrive in the second half of March  —  one of the most prevalent rumored dates for Microsoft's “NoDo” update to Windows Phone 7 — came and went, many WP7 users were wondering what happened.  —  To be fair, Microsoft officials never promised publicly …
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Amanda Green / Hunch Blog:
You've got mail: What your email domain says about you  —  Spoiler alert: if you lean towards visual images, check out the interactive version of this report, or click on the summary image below.  For details and graphs and context, though, keep reading! … Admit it.  You stereotype people by their email addresses.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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 …
Omar L. Gallaga / Austin360.com:
SXSW Interactive grows up, faces social backlash  —  Not everyone had a great time at SXSW 2010; here's hoping 2011 grows gracefully  —  Is the South by Southwest Interactive Festival - which last year passed SXSW Music in paid registration to become the largest leg of SXSW - fighting for its soul?
Discussion: TechCrunch, @accesspr, @rga and krynsky.com
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Obama Considering ex-Pfizer CEO, Google's Schmidt for Commerce  —  Obama administration officials are considering former Pfizer Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Kindler as well Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt to replace Gary Locke as Commerce secretary, a signal that President Barack Obama …
Discussion: Fortune
Vikram Sahai / Official google.org Blog:
Click-to-call emergency information  —  In November 2010, we began displaying relevant emergency phone numbers at the top of the results page for searches around poison control, suicide and other common emergencies in 14 countries.  Today, we are making it even easier for you to quickly reach …
Discussion: Erictric and Electronista
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blekko Blocks More “Spam” Domains: 1.1 Million Of Them  —  Search engine Blekko has announced that it has now blocked 1.1 million domains from its search results using a new system it calls “AdSpam,” and new pages won't be added if they don't pass muster.  —  Blocking Spam Before It Gets In
Discussion: TechCrunch, Bits and blekko blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Food Delivery Search Engine GrubHub Raises $20 Million  —  We've learned exclusively that Chicago-based startup GrubHub, a service that lets you order food for delivery or take out from local restaurants online or by mobile phone, has raised a whopping $20 million in Series D funding led …
Richard J. Tofel / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Someday, the sun will set on SEO — and the business of news will be better for it  —  Editor's Note: Richard J. Tofel is general manager at ProPublica, a Wall Street Journal veteran, and author of a number of books, most recently Eight Weeks in Washington, 1861: Abraham Lincoln and the Hazards of Transition.
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.
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Zaarly: Is This The Future of Mobile Money and Markets?  —  As the president of Kauffman Labs, the Kauffman Foundation's program that supports entrepreneurship, Bo Fishback has seen a lot of startups.  He's heard a lot of pitches from companies who insist they're “the next big thing.”
Discussion: TechCrunch, TechCrunch, Xconomy and FM Blog
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
Tom Foremski / ZDNet:
Veteran VC says 'no bubble" in Silicon Valley  —  I just finished an interview with Bill Davidow on the subject of his new book “Overconnected: The Promise and Threat of the Internet.”  I'll post the interview later.  —  I took the opportunity of asking Mr Davidow about the state …
 
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