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12:40 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:
Discussion: SlashGear
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.
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) …
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
pwn2own day one: Safari, IE8 fall, Chrome unchallenged
Discussion: The Register and Computerworld
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
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
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 …
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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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 …
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: Gizmodo and L.A. Times Tech Blog
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 …
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
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
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 …
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, blekko blog and Bits
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 …
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 MacNN
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
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.
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.
 
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Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Cameroon Bans Twitter
Discussion: Dibussi Tande and Foreign Policy
DigiTimes:
External keyboards for tablet PC expected to see weak demand
Discussion: Electronista
Jenara Nerenberg / Fast Company:
American Expat Helps Hong Kong Startups Find Footing
Read It Later Blog:
Introducing Read It Later for Android
Wall Street Journal:
Founders Gain Clout in Venture World
Discussion: ITworld.com
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Anti-Piracy Group Say Police Have Arrested “Elite Pirate”
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Zaarly: Is This The Future of Mobile Money and Markets?
Discussion: TechCrunch, TechCrunch, Xconomy and FM Blog
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Kashmir Hill / The Not-So-Private Parts:
Google Privacy Lawyer's Fascinating (and Unofficial) Thoughts on the “Right to be Forgotten”
Discussion: Peter Fleischer
Lauren Dugan / AllTwitter:
Charlie Sheen Intern Tweet Generated 95,333 Clicks in First Hour [Infographic]
Robert S. Boynton / The Atlantic Online:
North Korea's Digital Underground