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9:55 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!
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is your iPad 2 backlight bleeding? (video)  —  Now that many of you have collected and used your second generation iPad tablets for a few hours, we're starting to see the inevitable reports of defects.  Thus far, two issues have bubbled to the surface.  The first issue …
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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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
How to Activate the Best Secret Feature In Your iPad  —  Your new iPad—and old too, with iOS 4.3—has a new hidden feature that Apple doesn't want you to know about: Extra multi-touch gestures that completely changes the iPad experience—for the best.  More »
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: @cdixon, @joestump and Regular Geek
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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
Kellex / Droid Life:
WiFi-only Galaxy Tab Launching April 4 for $399?  —  One of our posse members was hanging out at a technology fair today and it just so happened to include a Samsung rep who was quick to hand out the flyer above which shows that the wifi-only Galaxy Tab version should be out by April 4.
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.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Zynga Enables Donations To Tsunami Relief Through In-Game Purchases
Thanks:danidudeck
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:   Mobile Giving: A List Of Shortcodes To Donate To Japan
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 Soshable, Thanks:mattmcgee
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Bing sees backlash for Japan quake Twitter donation campaign
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
 
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Adobe Flash Player leaks for Motorola Xoom, we go hands-on (update: more video!)
Discussion: TechSpot and Gadgetell
New York Times:
Facebook Users Who Are Under Age Raise Concerns
Discussion: Neowin.net, Thanks:mhelft
Rick Ramsey / OTN Garage:
Sun.com Will Disappear After June 1
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 Earlier Items: 
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Despite the Quake, Japan's Internet Connections Are Going Strong
Discussion: New York Times
Ted Samson / InfoWorld:
Apple vs. Microsoft: A tale of two mobile updates
Discussion: TUAW, PC Pro and The Windows Blog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are You Ready for the New Peer-to-Peer Economy?