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4:40 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 …
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 …
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?
Discussion: PC World
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, I4U News and Gizmodo, Thanks:wayne
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, Erictric and Electronista
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
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?
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
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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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 …
Discussion: Light Reading and @rjhintz
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.
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) …
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 …
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.
Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
The Zune Is Finally Dead  —  After years of mediocrity and weak sales, Microsoft is finally killing off its Zune media player, Bloomberg reports.  —  This is the right move.  Microsoft should be focusing all of its portable-gadget efforts on Windows Phone 7, to try and compete with Apple and Google there.
Discussion: GeekWire, @dinabass and @dinabass
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.
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
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
Japan earthquake: NAND flash supply to tighten  —  Market observers have predicted that NAND flash memory, which is widely used in smartphones, tablets and other digital consumer electronics, will be in tight supply due to supply concerns caused by the recent earthquake in Japan.
Peter Svensson / Canadian Press:
Time Warner Cable launches iPad application that shows live TV in the home  —  NEW YORK, N.Y. — Time Warner Cable Inc. is launching an iPad application that plays live TV, becoming the first cable or satellite company in the U.S. to do so.  —  The app will be free to download on Tuesday morning …
 
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
How AT&T Totally Flubbed 4G
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Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
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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