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6:20 AM ET, March 14, 2011

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Piper Jaffray: iPad 2 totally sold out, 70% to new buyers  —  By Sunday, Gene Munster's team couldn't find an Apple tablet for sale at any retail outlet  —  Apple Fifth Avenue Store Friday afternoon.  Photo: PED  —  Gene Munster's team at Piper Jaffray walked the iPad 2 lines in New York City …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Is Too Important For Google To Screw Up With A Big Launch Circus  —  Google will launch a “major new social network” imminently at the SXSW conference, said Read/Write Web early this morning.  They were stupendously wrong on timing - Google told us and others that there was absolutely nothing launching …
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
False Alarm: Google Circles Not Coming Now-and Probably Not Ever  —  After a report emerged this morning of a new social network focused on nuanced sharing called Google Circles, the company said it was not launching anything this week at the high-profile South by Southwest Interactive event in Austin, Texas.
Discussion: Google Watch, PC World and @marshallk
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google to Launch Major New Social Network Called Circles, Possibly Today (Updated)
DSLreports:
Exclusive: AT&T To Impose 150GB DSL Cap, Overages - Notices To Go Out This Week, Capping Begins May 2  —  Broadband Reports has learned, and has confirmed with AT&T, that the company will be implementing a new 150GB monthly usage cap for all DSL customers starting on May 2.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple's Phil Schiller confirms: white iPhone to be available ‘this spring’  —  Whoa, Nelly.  Ready for another round?  The elusive white iPhone — spotted only in the hands of Woz and occasionally in those of our own Richard Lai — may ship after all.  After hearing from Apple …
Nick Clark / The Independent:
Apple rejects ‘wave and pay’ for new iPhone  —  Apple will not include “wave and pay” chips in the new iPhone to be released later this year, dashing industry hopes that a universal standard for the technology would be adopted in 2011.  —  Sources at several of the largest mobile operators …
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Arn / MacRumors:   No NFC Payment System in iPhone 5, Pushed to iPhone 6?
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Moving on from iPad “office productivity” apps  —  In the last decade, Apple introduced their first line of notebooks that didn't have dial-up modems built in, because dial-up modems were on their way out and most people didn't need them anymore.  But for the few that still did, they offered a little USB modem to ease the transition:
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
4chan founder: Mark Zuckerberg is “totally wrong” about online identity  —  Christopher Poole, the founder of controversial online image board 4chan, outlined his vision for Web-based community today at the South by Southwest Interactive conference — and yes, his ideas are in pretty sharp contrast …
Zee / The Next Web:
Twitter explains why developers shouldn't build new clients  —  Ryan Sarver, a member of Twitter's platform/api team, took a few minutes today to address concerns about the Twitter ecosystem and in particular its announcement on Friday that developers shouldn't develop new twitter clients.
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Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
BREAKING: Apple iPad 2 Has Been Jailbroken !  [Video]  —  Yes you read that right !  The famous iPhone developer and hacker Comex, who previously released userland jailbreaks such as Spirit and JailbreakMe, has done the magic yet again ! … In the image attached above, you can clearly see a jailbroken iPad 2 running Cydia.
apenwarr:
The strange story of etherpad  —  I don't actually know this story - certainly no more of it than anyone who has read a few web pages.  But luckily, I'm pretty good at making things up.  So I want to tell you the story of etherpad, the real-time collaborative web-based text editor.
Discussion: @humphd
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
5 Years Later, Jack Dorsey Tweets About Twitter's Beginning  —  @jack  —  5 years ago today we started programming Twitter ("twttr" for short). 8 days later the first tweet was sent: http://t.co/Vi5ii5A #twttr  —  about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhoneRetweetReply
 
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Twittersphere Slams Itself, and CNN, for Godzilla References After Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
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The emergency internet bunkers
Discussion: Infocult and Slashdot
Michael Oryl / MobileBurn.com:
iSuppli estimates Apple iPad 2 3G component costs at $325
Discussion: NewEnterprise and Examiner
Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
The Walled Garden Has Won
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With hacking, music can take control of your car
 

 
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
In an email to staff, Telegraph editor Chris Evans says Rob Winnett has decided to stay at Telegraph and will not join the Washington Post

Tim Marchman / Wired:
Perplexity scraped a Wired article about Perplexity scraping Wired, apparently ignoring robots.txt; experts say the case might or might not be infringement

Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts a new Basic streaming plan in the US for $10.99/month, which includes all the benefits of Premium without the monthly audiobook listening time

 
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