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2:30 PM 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 …
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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 …
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 …
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: Verizon and Android Phone Fans
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 …
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.
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
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?
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's Biz Stone to Advise AOL  —  Internet company AOL Inc. said Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone will become a “social impact” strategic adviser for the company, as part of its broader integration with online news site the Huffington Post.  —  Mr. Stone will work on cause-based initiatives …
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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Biz Stone and the Power of Giving Back
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: SAI and Reuters
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.
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 …
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: Gizmodo and NBC Bay Area, Thanks:wayne
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) …
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
The Four Big Steps To Cutting The Cord  —  Do it!  Cut the cord and free yourself from the tyranny of the cable mafia.  The movement is slowly gaining traction but the whole task is daunting.  What do you do next?  Where does your TV content come from?  What are the options?
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 …
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 …
 
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
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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
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
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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
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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: Guardian and Screenwerk, 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’