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11:05 AM 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.  —  Related Topics:  —  EDITION:  —  U.S.
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: Electricpig
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.
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 …
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
False Alarm: Google Circles Not Coming Now-and Probably Not Ever
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
4chan founder: Zuckerberg is “totally wrong” about online identity  —  Christopher Poole, the founder of controversial online image board 4chan, outlined his vision for Web-based community today at the South by Southwest Interactive conference — and yes, his ideas are in pretty sharp contrast …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple's Phil Schiller confirms: white iPhone to be available ‘this spring’  —  Whoa, Nelly.  Ready for another round?  The elusive white iPhone — spotted only in the hands of Woz and occasionally in those of our own Richard Lai — may ship after all.  After hearing from Apple …
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?
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.
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 …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Moving on from iPad “office productivity” apps  —  In the last decade, Apple introduced their first line of notebooks that didn't have dial-up modems built in, because dial-up modems were on their way out and most people didn't need them anymore.  But for the few that still did, they offered a little USB modem to ease the transition:
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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Gabriel Dance / New York Times:
Computers Get Better at Knowing When to Hold 'Em or Fold 'Em
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
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: Search Engine Land
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Tim-o-tato / Droid Life:
Staples Ad For WiFi-only XOOM Shows March 27th Release?
Nik Rawlinson / PC Pro:
The emergency internet bunkers
Discussion: Infocult
Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
The Walled Garden Has Won
Discussion: BetaNews and Beyond Search