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4:40 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:
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.
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  —  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 …
Discussion: The Register and Computerworld
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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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 …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Even More Layoffs at AOL: India Unit Cuts Staff by 400, Transitions 300 More to Contractors
Discussion: Pluggd.in
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!)
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
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 …
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 …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
HP's Puzzling WebOS Strategy  —  Hewlett Packard CEO Leo Apotheker confirmed to Businessweek earlier today that every Hewlett-Packard PC that ships in 2012 will include WebOS alongside Windows, adding some detail to HP's surprise announcement last month.  —  The idea is to create …
Discussion: IntoMobile, InfoWorld and Gadgetell
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 …
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 …
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.
Amanda Green / Hunch Blog:
You've got mail: What your email domain says about you  —  Spoiler alert: if you lean toward 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
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.
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 …
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 …
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Cameroon Bans Twitter  —  In an attempt to stave off future Tunisia- and Egypt-inspired opposition protests, the government of the West African state of Cameroon has banned mobile Twitter.  —  The opposition had planned protests against the country's longtime president, Paul Biya, last month.
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Chinese Chip Makers May Need 20 Years to Catch Intel  —  The Loongson CPU will debut in one of the world's fastest supercomputers, but that doesn't mean it's ready for prime time, says its lead architect.  —  In an apparent concession to the might of Intel's domestic engineering …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal:
Founders Gain Clout in Venture World  —  Investors Desperate to Find Hits Drive Up Valuations and Attach Fewer Strings to Their Deals  —  As venture capitalists scramble to get a piece of Silicon Valley's new Web boom, entrepreneurs like Aaron Levie are finding they have the upper hand.
Discussion: ITworld.com
 
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Lessons of the Like Log: The big story and the nuances of shareability
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DigiTimes:
External keyboards for tablet PC expected to see weak demand
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
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Richard J. Tofel / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Someday, the sun will set on SEO — and the business of news will be better for it
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Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Obama Considering ex-Pfizer CEO, Google's Schmidt for Commerce
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 Earlier Items: 
Omar L. Gallaga / Austin360.com:
SXSW Interactive grows up, faces social backlash
Discussion: TechCrunch, @accesspr, @rga and krynsky.com
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Zaarly: Is This The Future of Mobile Money and Markets?
Discussion: TechCrunch, TechCrunch, FM Blog and Xconomy
Vikram Sahai / Official google.org Blog:
Click-to-call emergency information
Discussion: ThinkMobile and Erictric
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So-Private Parts:
Google Privacy Lawyer's Fascinating (and Unofficial) Thoughts on the “Right to be Forgotten”
Discussion: Peter Fleischer