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10:45 AM ET, March 10, 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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPad 2  —  I've been coming up empty trying to think of a hook for this review of the iPad 2 — an angle, a narrative structure, a theme to put it in perspective and make it more than a list of benchmarks and disparate observations.  Then I realized I already wrote it, a year ago, in this back-page column for Macworld:
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.
Apple:
iPad 2 Arrives Tomorrow  —  Apple® today announced that iPad™ 2, the next generation of its magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and much more, will be available tomorrow …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPad 2 Availability Tomorrow: 1:00 AM Pacific Online, 5:00 PM Local In-Store  —  Apple today officially announced its iPad 2 U.S. launch plans for tomorrow, including revealing for the first time that online sales will begin at 1:00 AM Pacific Time / 4:00 AM Eastern Time.
Discussion: The Toybox Blog and Know Your Cell
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
pwn2own day one: Safari, IE8 fall, Chrome unchallenged  —  Fully patched versions of Safari and Internet Explorer 8 were both successfully hacked today at pwn2own, the annual hacking competition held as part of the CanSecWest security conference.  If a researcher can pwn the browser—that is …
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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) …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
THE GORY DETAILS: Tim Armstrong's Layoffs Memo  —  AOL is going to fire hundreds of people today following its merger with the Huffington Post.  —  We have the memo from AOL CEO Tim Armstrong.  —  Highlights:  — The severance package.  “Affected employees will be notified today …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: AOL Gives Over 200 U.S. Employees Pink Slips  —  As we've heard over the past few days, AOL has started implementing layoffs across its properties in the wake of the Huffington Post acquisition.  The deal, which amounted to $315 million, closed on Monday of this week.
Discussion: Reuters
Shonda Novak / Austin American-Statesman:
Apple set to open popup shop in core of SXSW action  —  Computer company leases downtown space during festival, release of iPad 2  —  Apple Inc. will open a temporary store Friday in the Scarbrough Building on Congress Avenue downtown, timed to the start of South by Southwest Interactive Conference …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Founder, Others Invest $42 Million in Angry Birds  —  We'd heard Rovio, the company behind the Angry Birds game franchise, was out in the market looking for cash, but never did we think that it would end up raising $42 million in Series A funding from Accel Partners and Atomico, the venture fund started by Skype's co-founders.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square's Jack Dorsey: VeriFone's Security Hole Allegation “Is Not A Fair Or Accurate Claim”  —  As we heard this morning, VeriFone CEO Doug Bergeron wrote an open letter to consumers and the industry, warning users of a “gaping security hole” in mobile payments startup (and competitor) Square's hardware.
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Ex-Googlers penetrating Silicon Valley startup hierarchy  —  It may be too soon to equate the Xooglers, as members of the ever-expanding network of ex-Google employees call themselves, with the “PayPal Mafia” — the founders and early employees of the online payment company who went on to start Yelp, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Discussion: @semilshah
Gmail Blog:
New in Gmail Labs: Smart Labels  —  People get a lot of email these days.  On top of personal messages, there are group mailing lists, social network notifications, credit card statements, newsletters you might have signed up for, and promotional email from a shopping site you used once months ago.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Apple Ponders Their Subscription Ruling, Readability Goes Full HTML5  —  A few weeks ago, Readability got word that their iPhone app was rejected by Apple.  While obviously, that's never good news, this was especially hard to take because the reason for the rejection was that they were offering …
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Forbes rich list: Facebook six stake their claims  —  Six Facebook billionaires make it on to Forbes's latest rich list but top spot again goes to Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim  —  It may not have been Facebook's year at the Oscars, with The Social Network, the film depicting its creation …
Samuel Gibbs / Download Squad:
Flipboard gains Instagram support, social search, and gets much faster  —  Flipboard has just updated its social-feed reading iPad app to version 1.2.  This new version adds a performance boost and bug-fixes, with the highlight being Instagram integration.  —  Instagram integration
Jonathan Betz / Software Rants & Other Miscellany:
Foursquare, Facebook, Founders, and Passion  —  Late in the summer of 2009, I was talking to a very successful entrepreneur at a tech industry meet-and-greet when Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare, came into the room, at which point the person I was talking to commented …
Discussion: Know Your Cell
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 …
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).
Mrinal Desai / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Is About To Make Headlines  —  Editor's note: The following guest post was written by Mrinal Desai, an early employee of LinkedIn who is also co-founder of CrossLoop and addappt.  You can follow him on Twitter.  —  A lot has been written about social news and how Twitter and Facebook …
Discussion: SAI, Post Tech and Bloggasm
Mariko Yasu / Bloomberg:
Sony Promotes Games-Division Chief Hirai as Possible Successor to Stringer  —  Sony Corp. (6758) promoted Kazuo Hirai to oversee the main consumer-electronics business, paving the way for the games chief to succeed Howard Stringer as head of the maker of PlayStation consoles and Bravia televisions.
Dominic Szablewski / PhobosLab:
The State of HTML5 Audio  —  When I started to work on my JavaScript Game Engine back in October 2009, the biggest problems I encountered were with the new HTML5 Audio Element.  The Canvas Element already worked nicely in all browsers that supported it at the time, albeit some were a little slow.
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.
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 …
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Former DoubleClick Execs Create Groupon Competitor, But It's Not Exactly A Clone  —  Think there's already too many Groupon clones?  —  Think again.  —  New York-based Group Commerce, which is coming out of stealth today, has the funding and the pedigree to be a viable contender.
Discussion: New York Times and Local Onliner
Bloomberg:
HP CEO Apotheker, Board Faulted Over Appointment of Directors  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. directors, including Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker, went against company rules in their appointment of new board members, according to a shareholder-advisory group.
Discussion: CNET News
Woody Leonhard / InfoWorld:
Who wins in the Microsoft-Nokia $1 billion deal?  —  With $1B reportedly changing hands, this alliance has ‘desperation’ written all over it.  If Windows Phone goes down the tubes, Microsoft loses a few hundred million but Nokia loses the farm  —  A recent report in Bloomberg quotes …
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment
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.
 
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Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Chinese Chip Makers May Need 20 Years to Catch Intel
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Even More Layoffs at AOL: India Unit Cuts Staff by 400, Transitions 300 More to Contractors
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
HP's Puzzling WebOS Strategy
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Tom Foremski / ZDNet:
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Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Obama Considering ex-Pfizer CEO, Google's Schmidt for Commerce
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Wall Street Journal:
Founders Gain Clout in Venture World
Discussion: ITworld.com
Omar L. Gallaga / Austin360.com:
SXSW Interactive grows up, faces social backlash
Discussion: @accesspr, @rga, krynsky.com and TechCrunch
Amanda Green / Hunch Blog:
You've got mail: What your email domain says about you
Vikram Sahai / Official google.org Blog:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft France says Windows Phone 7 NoDo to arrive in the second half of March