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1:20 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 …
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?
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
AT&T makes calling Japan free until the end of March  —  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, we have some good news to share courtesy …
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 …
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
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
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?
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 …
Discussion: VoIP Watch and The Precursor Blog
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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.
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?
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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Agence France Presse:
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone in his own words
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Video Instant Previews To Some Results
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM's bet: Commerce can be just as big as analytics
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The strange story of etherpad
Discussion: @humphd
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
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
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple's Phil Schiller confirms: white iPhone to be available ‘this spring’