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1:25 PM ET, March 11, 2011

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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Online resources for Japan quake info  —  Early today, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit the coast of northern Japan, spawning aftershocks and a tsunami that swept across the region.  —  There are a number of outstanding online resources that are delivering solid information, up-to-date data …
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
‘Massive damage’ from Japan quake hits communications  —  Carriers set up text bulletin boards to connect travelers, relatives abroad  —  Computerworld - Japan's 8.9-magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsumani it sent across the Pacific on Friday killed hundreds of people …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Online iPad 2 orders from Apple estimated to ship in 2-3 weeks [u]  —  Apple on Friday began accepting orders online for the iPad 2, and the first buyers were told to expect the tablet to ship within two to three weeks [updated].  —  While initial orders were said to ship in two to three days …
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Apple iPad 2 now available online in the US  —  A little ahead of the advertised official 1am PT launch time, Apple's iPad 2 has gone live today on the company's US store.  —  There are no surprises here of course - if you're after the wi-fi only model, it's $499 for the 16GB model …
Antonio Flores / Adobe Flash Player Team Blog:
Update on Flash Player 10.2 for mobile devices  —  Today we are happy to announce that Flash Player 10.2 will be available for download via Android Market on March 18th.  Flash Player 10.2 is a production GA (General Availability) release for Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) …
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Disqus to Facebook: “We Aren't Shaking In Our Boots”  —  Last night, reading a TechCrunch profile of the weeks-old startup Zaarly, it was possible to imagine that the company — whose mobile app connects people with things that they don't have the time or resources to secure themselves - could be the next Foursquare.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Amazon Ditches Illinois Affiliates (Including Roger Ebert) To Avoid Web Tax  —  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Thursday that will require Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) and other internet retailers that use “affiliates” in the state to start paying the state's 6.25 percent sales tax.
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Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
Apple's Jobs Razzes Chip Partner Samsung  —  The South Korean conglomerate makes the speedy chips in Apple's mobile devices but can't create a hit of its own  —  Steve Jobs likes to poke bears.  The Apple (AAPL) chief executive officer has ribbed the likes of IBM (IBM), Google (GOOG), Adobe (ADBE), and Microsoft (MSFT).
Discussion: GMSV and SAI
Robin Schriebman / Gmail Blog:
Click to call phone numbers  —  With the ability to call phones built right into Gmail, you no longer have to get out your phone and retype a number anytime someone send you one in an email or chat message.  Starting today, you'll see that phone numbers appear as links, like this:
Instapaper Blog:
Instapaper 3.0 is here!  —  Instapaper 3.0 for iPhone and iPad is now available in the App Store, and I've updated the Instapaper website to include many of its new features as well.  This is the biggest update Instapaper has ever had in one version, and I'm proud to finally show it to you.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Why Nokia failed: ‘Wasted 2,000 man years’ on UIs that didn't work  —  For want of a nail, the Kingdom was lost?  —  When Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced that Nokia was abandoning its development of its own smartphone platforms and APIs, and betting the farm on somebody else's, many people asked why it was necessary.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple May Sell 600,000 IPad 2s in Debut, Outpacing First Model  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) may sell 600,000 of the second version of the iPad when it debuts this weekend, extending the device's lead in a crowding market.  —  The iPad 2 goes on sale on Apple's website at 4 a.m. New York time …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia pays Elop over $6 million to move from Microsoft  —  (Reuters) - World's top phone maker Nokia will pay its CEO Stephen Elop more than $6 million in one-time payments for moving to the Finnish company from Microsoft last September, a corporate filing showed on Friday.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day Blog:
Charlie Miller wins Pwn2Own again with iPhone 4 exploit  —  VANCOUVER — Charlie Miller kept his Pwn2Own winning streak intact with another successful hack of an Apple product.  —  Miller (right), renowned for his work breaking into MacBook machines with Safari vulnerabilities and exploits …
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day Blog:
Pwn2Own 2011: BlackBerry falls to WebKit browser attack
Discussion: eWeek and CrackBerry.com blogs
Tim Robbins / NaviGadget:
FCC has had enough with GPS and cell jammers  —  Did you know US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in February announced [pdf] that they were going to step up their enforcement against GPS jammer devices?  They want everyone to know that marketing, sale, and use of cellphone and GPS jammers is illegal.
Sarah Rotman Epps / Forrester Blogs:
Why iPad 2 Won't Have Much Competition In 2011—Unless It's From Amazon  —  Forrester published a new report today making the call that the iPad challengers that have been announced so far—Android Honeycomb tablets from Motorola, Toshiba, and others, as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook and HP TouchPad …
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
E-Book Lending Takes Off  —  New Online Clubs That Let Readers Share Have Drawbacks but Worry Publishers  —  Electronic-book lending isn't just for friends anymore.  —  In the past few months, online clubs with such names as BookLending.com and Lendle.me have proliferated.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Adds Places Check-Ins and Deal Claims to Page Insights  —  Admins of claimed Places pages can as of today see a Daily Places Activity section when viewing Insights.  This section includes the number of times users have checked in to their Place or claimed a Deal they're offering when viewing Insights.
Discussion: All Facebook
Daniel Cawrey / thechromesource:
Chrome VP: No More Cr-48s, Chrome OS Devices This Summer  —  Google has been very tight-lippped about the supply of Cr-48s, who they are going to and when shipments will stop.  But in a tweet sent out by VP of Product Management Sundar Pichai, the shipment of Cr-48s to users is over …
Discussion: ZDNet and CrunchGear
Nick Bilton / Bits:
If You Bought Apple Stock Instead of Products  —  Let us pretend for a moment that the year is 1997 and you're in the market for a new laptop computer.  You want the top-of-the-line product at the time, so you opt for the newly released Apple Computer PowerBook G3 250 laptop.
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Dell's Number Two In The PC Market Again, Thanks To The iPad  —  Having languished in third place behind Hewlett-Packard and Acer for some time, Dell finally scrambled its way back to the PC market's number two spot during the fourth quarter of 2010, a new survey by research firm iSuppli says.
Al Sacco / PC World:
BlackBerry PlayBook to Include Its Own Video Conferencing App  —  Up to this point, it had been uncertain as to whether the PlayBook would employ some kind of third-party app, such as Skype, for the functionality.  —  BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion's (RIM) much-anticipated BlackBerry …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What the New Foursquare Says About Geo-Local's Future  —  Towards the end of 2010, I had a long chat with Dennis Crowley, co-founder and CEO of the New York-based startup Foursquare.  I really wanted to talk to him about the state of geo-local, which seemed to have been stuck in neutral for a long time.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Clearwire exec exodus may pave way for Sprint deal  —  Clearwire has a new CEO who is much more likely to complete a wholesale network agreement with Sprint.  —  Sprint and Clearwire have been negotiating a wholesale network agreement for 4G WiMax services.  Sprint and Clearwire have indicated a deal was close.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Nokia: Transition to Windows Phone to take about two years  —  Nokia filed on March 11 a form 20-F with the Securities and Exchange Commission which mentions a number of new tidbits about Nokia's smartphone-centric partnership with Microsoft.  —  The document confirms that Microsoft …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog
 
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In A Post-PC Era, Apple Wants To Be Your IT Department
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why we need to get rid of anonymous comments.
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
New XML Standard for Super-Fast, Lightweight Applications Announced by W3C
Discussion: The Register and W3C News, Thanks:marshallk
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