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3:40 PM ET, March 14, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple says demand for iPad 2 is ‘amazing’  —  Apple on Monday said demand for the iPad 2 during its first weekend on sale was “amazing.”  —  “Demand for the next generation iPad 2 has been amazing,” Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller, told The Loop.  “We are working hard to get iPad 2 …
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Reuters:
Apple sold close to 1 million iPad 2s in weekend: analysts  —  (Reuters) - Analysts expect Apple Inc to have sold close to a million iPad 2 tablet computers on its debut weekend — significantly more than the first iPad, which went on sale last April.  “We would not be surprised …
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 …
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
#numbers  —  Five years ago this week, a small team of people started working on a prototype of the service that we now know as Twitter.  On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey (@jack) sent the first Tweet.  —  Today, on every measure of growth and engagement, Twitter is growing at a record pace.
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?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
AT&T makes calling Japan free until the end of March (update: Verizon and Sprint, too)  —  We imagine that many of you, like us, have been making frantic calls to friends and family in Japan over the last few days without regard to the costs.  Now, in the face of otherwise devastating news …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Following AT&T, Verizon Makes Japan Calls Free Until April
Discussion: PR Newswire
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Plans to Test Groupon-Inspired Service That Offers Discount Deals  —  Facebook Inc. is planning to test a service that will let consumers buy discounted one-time offers as it looks for new ways to boost sales and attract local business customers.  —  The service will let people …
Alex Maragos / Momentum:
Hacker with iPhone take over Times Square screens  —  “The way it works is pretty simple: plug in my transmitter into the headphone minijack of an iphone 4 and play back any video clip. you can play it through the ipod feature or through the camera roll. the transmitter instantly sends …
Discussion: BaltTech and Gizmodo, Thanks:wayne
AndroidHD:
Introducing The New Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1  —  Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is your ultimate entertainer, delivering multimedia tablet experience at the grandest scale ever  —  Watch Full HD movies, take 8MP photos, and play games or surf Flash websites on the large 10.1" display and dual surround sound speakers
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Biz Stone and the Power of Giving Back  —  At HuffPost, we've always aimed to be more than just a trusted source for news and information — we've also wanted to be a catalyst for engagement.  As such, we've worked to combine the power of social media and online journalism by taking …
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Miro / iFixit Blog:
iPad 2′s Smart Cover Teardown  —  We never took apart a case before, but the Smart Cover piqued our interest as soon as Steve Jobs announced it alongside the iPad 2.  We knew it worked with magnets, but exactly how?  What did it attach to?  How can something so simple be so multi-functional?
Karl Bode / 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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In Japan, Many Undersea Cables Are Damaged  —  The horrific earthquake and the ensuing tsunami in Japan have caused widespread damage to undersea communications, according to data collected by telecom industry sources.  Initially, it was thought that the damage to the cables that connect Japan …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Hires Amin Zoufonoun, Google's No. 2 Corp Dev Exec  —  Facebook has hired Google Corporate Development exec Amin Zoufonoun, we've heard from multiple sources.  Zoufonoun has been with Google since 2003 and is the second most senior corp dev exec after David Lawee.
Discussion: All Facebook, Reuters and SAI
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Apple's iPhone / iPod touch daylight saving time woes continue  —  If a broken clock is right twice a day, Apple's is off twice a year these days — once each time Daylight Savings Time needs to be calculated in territories that depend on it. iPhone and iPod touch users are reporting …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Amazon Appstore gets Angry Birds Rio exclusive  —  Android Market's new competition will get a big name game at its opening.  —  Rovio has distributed an incredible 30 million copies of ad-supported Angry Birds in the Android Market to date.  But Rovio is turning to the Amazon (AMZN) …
Gabriel Dance / New York Times:
Computers Get Better at Knowing When to Hold 'Em or Fold 'Em  —  Bryan Taylor, 36, could not shake the feeling that something funny was going on.  Three of his most frequent opponents on an online poker site were acting oddly, playing in ways that were so similar it was suspicious.
Discussion: PSFK
Andrew Wansley / Google Code Blog:
Making auth easier: OAuth 2.0 for Google APIs … Making auth easier: OAuth 2.0 for Google APIs  —  One of the most exciting things about the architecture of the web is how easily it supports mashups—URLs, IFRAMEs, XHR, and more make it easy to build great new services on top of building blocks from others.
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.
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 …
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Kayak Will Now Compete Directly With Expedia by Launching New Hotel Booking Option  —  Kayak.com is now giving its customers the option to book a hotel room directly through its Web site.  —  In doing so, it moves from an independent third-party aggregator to a competitor of the hundreds …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
In The Midst Of A Massively Successful SXSW, Foursquare Tackles Venue Harmonization  —  In the location space, there's something that has long been the missing link: a unified places database.  The problem, of course, is that all the major players, Foursquare, Facebook, Google, Gowalla, Loopt, etc, have their own databases.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Foursquare Blog
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Neomobile acquires mobile payments startup Onebip
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Twitter co-founder Biz Stone in his own words
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Video Instant Previews To Some Results
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM's bet: Commerce can be just as big as analytics
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Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Twittersphere Slams Itself, and CNN, for Godzilla References After Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon Unveils Paid Discovery, Its New “No Click” Ad Platform
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Moving on from iPad “office productivity” apps
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What's the best SXSW app? So far, for me, it's LocalMind
Discussion: CNET News and Guardian, Thanks:scobleizer
Zee / The Next Web:
Twitter explains why developers shouldn't build new clients
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple's Phil Schiller confirms: white iPhone to be available ‘this spring’