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6:45 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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Apple Bitch:
Apple Stores To Open Early On Tuesday For iPad Sales (Updated)  —  We've received reports this morning that Apple will be opening Retail Stores one hour early tomorrow for iPad sales.  While no official announcement has been forthcoming from Apple, anecdotal reports from shoppers across …
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
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Stop Releasing New Zune Models as Demand Ebbs  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will cease introducing new versions of the Zune music and video-player amid tepid demand, helping the company shift its focus to mobile phones, according to a person familiar with the decision.
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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.
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Twitter Numbers: Cool, But How Many Users Does It Actually Have?
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Leo Apotheker lays out his strategy for first time as HP CEO  —  Leo Apotheker, chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, articulated his company's strategy to make the shift from its dominant position in computing and enterprise hardware to playing a role in the emerging smartphone, tablet and cloud computing markets of today.
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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?
Discussion: PC World
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
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Finally, a Startup Visa That Works  —  In my last post about the Startup Visa, I was very critical of the Kerry-Lugar legislation.  That's because it required immigrant entrepreneurs to raise at least $250,000 in financing for their startups, of which $100,000 had to come from American VCs or Super Angels.
Discussion: Feld Thoughts and Mass High Tech
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 …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
How AT&T Totally Flubbed 4G  —  AT&T is lying about 4G.  Shamelessly.  The company's two “4G” phones and its “4G” modem don't deliver 4G even by AT&T's own wishy-washy standards.  Unfortunately, there's no such thing as the 4G police, and AT&T is going to get away with debasing the term …
Discussion: IntoMobile, Thanks:lindsaybubbico
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 …
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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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) …
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?
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Zynga Rolls Out New Virtual Currency in Addition to Facebook Credits  —  Zynga is announcing a new virtual currency today called “zCoins,” which will allow users to earn rewards across 10 of its most popular games on Facebook.  —  The branded-currency announced today comes just a couple …
Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Is Anonymous The New WikiLeaks?  —  After defending WikiLeaks late last year, hactivist collective Anonymous may have just scooped it.  —  At midnight last night an Anonymous member who goes by the Twitter handle OperationLeakS released a series of e-mails with an employee at a Bank of America subsidiary …
Kyle Thibaut / CrunchGear:
Apples To Apples: Apple Inc. Files For Apple Corps' Old Apple Logo Trademark  —  The legal dispute between Apple Corps and Apple Inc. for the rights to the Apple logo are far reaching.  Since the first case back in 1978, Apple Inc. has slowly whittled away at Apple Corp's initial legal …
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.
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.
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds Mac OS X 10.6.7 Build 10J869 to Developers
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Peter Svensson / Canadian Press:
Time Warner Cable launches iPad application that shows live TV in the home
Discussion: Engadget and MacStories
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Twitter co-founder Biz Stone in his own words
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Kayak Will Now Compete Directly With Expedia by Launching New Hotel Booking Option
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Gabriel Dance / New York Times:
Computers Get Better at Knowing When to Hold 'Em or Fold 'Em
Discussion: PSFK
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
AT&T makes calling Japan free until the end of March (update: Verizon and Sprint, too)
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
The Four Big Steps To Cutting The Cord
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Is Too Important For Google To Screw Up With A Big Launch Circus
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Moving on from iPad “office productivity” apps
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Exclusive: AT&T To Impose 150GB DSL Cap, Overages - Notices To Go Out This Week, Capping Begins May 2