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12:00 AM ET, March 13, 2011

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Hello, I must be going  —  It's hard to believe that I'm currently writing the words I seem to be writing, though a casual stock-taking of my senses dictates that it must be true.  Here I am, at my computer, typing letters one by one into a plain text document, rolling along through …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Engadget's Top Editors Topolsky and Patel Exit From AOL's Giant Tech Site  —  Josh Topolsky, the editor-in-chief of Engadget, is leaving the AOL-owned property, which one of the largest tech news sites on the Web.  —  Also departing is Managing Editor Nilay Patel, said sources.
Peter Rojas / @peterrojas:   Best of luck to @joshuatopolsky and @reckless, there is life after Engadget!
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Twitter Should Think Twice About Bulldozing the Ecosystem  —  In another shot fired across the bow of the Twitter ecosystem — or another volley in the ongoing Twitter wars of 2011 — the company has come out with new terms on which all developers must operate, which makes it clear …
Discussion: @joestump, @cdixon and Scripting News
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
From “Businesses” To “Tools”: The Twitter API ToS Changes  —  Yesterday, Twitter made a swift and sweeping move to alter their ecosystem.  In an email to developers, Twitter laid out the new rules.  Essentially, third-party developers should no longer try to compete with Twitter on clients …
Discussion: PC Magazine, @cdixon and Regular Geek
Adam Bryant / New York Times:
Google's Quest to Build a Better Boss  —  IN early 2009, statisticians inside the Googleplex here embarked on a plan code-named Project Oxygen.  —  Their mission was to devise something far more important to the future of Google Inc. than its next search algorithm or app.  —  They wanted to build better bosses.
Discussion: Entrepreneur Watch
Arn / MacRumors:
iPad 2: GPU Benchmarked with Impressive Gains  —  Anandtech has determined the iPad GPU to be the PowerVR SGX543MP2, a more advanced dual-core version of the PowerVR GPU found in the original iPad and iPhone 4. … They found that the new graphics processor offered over 3-5x the speed in simple geometry tests over the original iPad.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple now taking Red Cross donations through iTunes for Japan relief fund  —  Apple has opened up a new portal in the iTunes Store to take donations for the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief fund.  Users who wish to donate can donate in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 increments.
Discussion: MacStories, Thanks:mbywalec
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Zynga Enables Donations To Tsunami Relief Through In-Game Purchases
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:danidudeck
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Mobile Giving: A List Of Shortcodes To Donate To Japan
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Bing Apologizes For Japan Quake Tweet  —  Bing has just apologized on Twitter for a tweet earlier today that many viewed as a way to gain exposure in the name of raising money for victim's of Friday's earthquake in Japan.  —  The apology reads as follows:
Discussion: @bing and Gearlog, Thanks:mattmcgee
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Adobe Flash Player leaks for Motorola Xoom, we go hands-on (video)  —  March 18th may seem like an eternity if you expected your Motorola Xoom to come with Adobe Flash on day one.  But you know what?  If you put your trust in a mysterious file floating about the internet, there's no need to wait that long.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2 shipment time jumps to 3-4 weeks at Apple's online store  —  The Apple online store opened yesterday with 3-4 day shipping times then it turned to 5-7 days and then to a whole 2-3 weeks.  Now the Apple store is quoting 3 weeks to a month before you get your iPad 2.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Chrome 12 Will Drop Support for Google Gears  —  While most Chrome users have been upgraded to Chrome 10, Google is fixing the bugs from Chrome 11 and working on Chrome 12.  A recent Chromium build made a significant change: Gears is no longer included in Google Chrome.
Discussion: Gears API Blog and thechromesource
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Despite the Quake, Japan's Internet Connections Are Going Strong  —  While the damage and casualties in Japan are still being assessed one bit of good news concerning the events in that country is that one key piece of infrastructure has managed to stay up and running despite the massive earthquake and tsunami waves: The Internet.
Discussion: New York Times and Renesys Blog
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Dave Kellogg / Kellblog:
An Amazing Story about Twitter and the Japan Earthquake
New York Times:
Facebook Users Who Are Under Age Raise Concerns  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The fake ID has gone digital, and spread to elementary school.  —  Across the nation, millions of young people are lying about their ages so they can create accounts on popular sites like Facebook and Myspace.
Discussion: Neowin.net, Thanks:mhelft
 
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