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9:50 PM ET, March 14, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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?
Discussion: Search Engine Land
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flickr Burning As Yahoo Fiddles: Head Of Service Walks Away  —  When you ask Yahoo who is in charge of Flickr, they always point to one man: Matthew Rothenberg.  Well, technically, there are people at Yahoo above him in charge of the group of products that Flickr is in (Applications Division).
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP's new strategy: Public cloud, analytics, big data appliances
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Mike hit the jackpot  —  Mike Arrington wrote a milestone piece yesterday saying Google wouldn't make the mistake of overhyping whatever new thing it may or may not be cooking up to compete with Facebook.  —  Important thought.  —  I don't think I've ever seen this happen, in any cycle I've been witness to.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Is Too Important For Google To Screw Up With A Big Launch Circus
Discussion: PC World and MediaPost
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
Tim Chaten / App Advice:
iPad 2 Beats Out MacBook Pros In iMovie Speed Tests!  —  Now that iMovie has made its way onto our iPads, you may be curious to see just how well it performs.  We were just as curious.  The question we want to answer is this: If I am going to be shooting video on the road, what portable machine do I bring to edit/encode videos?
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and iClarified
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 …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google teases slick new Blogger interface, mobile themes and content discovery tool  —  Google's Blogger is one of the grand old daddies of blog platforms and while remaining widely used, there's no doubt that the interface itself is looking a bit tired these days.
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.
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 …
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 …
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) …
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 …
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Internet Explorer 9 launches tonight, we've got your early look  —  Yes, we know it's PI day, but don't tell the guys at Microsoft that since it's also IE9 launch day.  That's right, the long-awaited browser is finally coming out of its beta and RC stage, and will be hitting the global download airways …
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Etsy users irked after buyers, purchases exposed to the world  —  What would you do if you registered on a site to buy something, only to find months later that your user account was searchable and your purchases were exposed?  That scenario is currently playing out for Etsy users …
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 …
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 …
 
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Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Facebook's Comments Box now supports AOL accounts
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
First LTE phone, HTC Thunderbolt, coming to Verizon on Thursday
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Kyocera Echo hits Sprint on April 17th for $200
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Myspace Streamlines Ad Sales; Unveils Self-Serve Ad Platform
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP will install both Windows and WebOS on same desktops in future
Aki Kuusela / The WebM Open Media Project Blog:
Introducing “Anthill,” the First VP8 Hardware Encoder IP Release
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds Mac OS X 10.6.7 Build 10J869 to Developers
Discussion: AppleInsider, Erictric and MacStories
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Svensson / Canadian Press:
Time Warner Cable launches iPad application that shows live TV in the home
Discussion: Associated Press and eHomeUpgrade
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Hires Amin Zoufonoun, Google's No. 2 Corp Dev Exec
Miro / iFixit Blog:
iPad 2′s Smart Cover Teardown
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Biz Stone and the Power of Giving Back
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)