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4:35 PM ET, March 11, 2011

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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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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
iPad 2 Lines Across The Land: They Actually Exist  —  Apple's iPad 2 goes on sale today at 5 p.m. local time across the United States.  —  Apple's decision not to allow pre-orders is working: Lines are already forming, and in some cities, are becoming rather long.
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 …
Tim Hornyak / CNET News:
Twitter, Facebook vital as Japan cell networks jam  —  Japanese are using social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and Mixi as cell phone networks are jammed following the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northern Japan on Friday, killing at least 300 and leaving nearly 500 missing.
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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 …
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Online resources for Japan quake info
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Drops The Ecosystem Hammer: Don't Try To Compete With Us On Clients, Focus On Data And Verticals  —  For much of the past year, the Twitter ecosystem has been in a state of flux.  Ever since Twitter bought Tweetie and turned it into their own native iPhone app, third-party developers …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Twitter's new developer roadmap
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) …
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 …
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 and Pulse2
AppleInsider:
Inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: AirDrop local file sharing  —  Mac OS X 10.7 Lion introduces a new feature in the Finder named AirDrop, designed for easy file sharing between nearby systems.  —  AirDrop has nothing in common with DropBox, a cloud-based file sharing service more akin to iDisk.
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:
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 …
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.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Says DoubleClick Is Doing Great  —  Google acquired display advertising company DoubleClick for $3.1 billion three years ago today, and the company celebrated the landmark by pointing to some of of its accomplishments in display advertising, and announcing that DoubleClick Exchange customers can now bid on video ads on YouTube.
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.
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.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Twitter Settles with Feds Over '09 Obama Hack  —  Twitter has settled a federal complaint over a pair of 2009 breaches in which hackers were able with relative ease to gain access to user accounts, including one used by President Barack Obama.  —  The Federal Trade Commission had accused Twitter …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft idea: Dating service for people with a ‘source of shame’ ... like comic books  —  A newly surfaced Microsoft patent filing proposes an online matchmaking service that would have users confidentially tell the system about their “private affinities” — stuff that might cause them shame if listed on their public profiles.
Discussion: Slashdot, Thanks:hipsforhire
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Path Gets “FriendRank” and a Revenue Stream  —  Path, a smartphone-based social network startup, has a new trick up its sleeve: identifying your closest friends.  —  The app, which debuted in November, was designed to let users share photos and everyday events with a set of friends and family that's currently capped at 50.
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Next Web, SAI and CNET News
David Hatch / NationalJournal.com:
Google's Tarnished Chrome  —  The search and advertising company once seemed to do no wrong.  Now members of Congress aren't so sure.  —  Reps. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Texas, cochairmen of the Bipartisan Privacy Caucus and longtime members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, don't agree on much.
RockMelt Blog:
No more waiting in line - RockMelt now in Open Beta!  —  That's right - RockMelt can now be downloaded without an invitation!  —  Since launching in private beta in November 122 days ago, we've been hard at work improving RockMelt and creating the best user experience possible.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
They Grow Up So Fast - Foursquare Hit With Its First Patent Infringement Suit  —  It's part of the ritual for tech companies who achieve a certain status in the world this day and age, whether riding solely on the waves of hype or by making a ton of money, to get targeted by trigger-happy patent owners at one point or another.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Expands @ Mention Tagging to Comments  —  Facebook users can now tag their friends, Pages, Groups, and Events in comments to news feed stories and wall posts to create linked mentions.  This will help users carry on conversations with other commenters and allow them to easily reference different entities on Facebook.
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Music Startup Rdio Pushes Play Button For API, Affiliate Program
John Leyden / The Register:
Apple bans iPhone 3G patch omission talk from forum
Discussion: Computerworld and Naked Security
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Rackspace releases new open source iPad/iPhone app for sys admins to run their Web empire, first look
Discussion: GigaOM, WebProNews and building43, Thanks:greenisus
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Adds Places Check-Ins and Deal Claims to Page Insights
Discussion: All Facebook
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What the New Foursquare Says About Geo-Local's Future
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China's Facebook Syndrome
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
E-Book Lending Takes Off
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Why Nokia failed: ‘Wasted 2,000 man years’ on UIs that didn't work