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12:25 PM ET, March 22, 2011

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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Now Open: Amazon Appstore Launches With 3,800 Apps for Android  —  Amazon has officially launched the Android Appstore, a potential iTunes equivalent for Android.  —  The company-whose roots are in e-commerce and not mobile-aspires to merchandise and sell apps better than Google does on its own platform.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Android App Store Launches: Test Drive Apps Directly From Your Browser  —  This morning Amazon is officially launching its Android App Store — a storefront for apps that will compete directly with Google's official Android Market.  We first broke the news about the impending App Store …
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Verizon Wireless CEO says no interest in Sprint deal  —  (Reuters) - The chief executive of Verizon Wireless said he has no interest in buying Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N) even as the company stands to lose its top position in the U.S. wireless market because of a merger between AT&T Inc (T.N) and T-Mobile USA.
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Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
Sparks Fly Over AT&T/T-Mobile Deal As Wireless CEOs Trade Jabs  —  Just days after AT&T's stunning announcement of its intent to purchase T-Mobile, the men who would lead the three remaining dominant U.S. wireless carriers exchanged barbs Tuesday over the planned purchase and each other's business models.
Discussion: Mobilized
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:   Big Acquisitions Are Bad For Shareholders: A Look At The 10 Biggest Tech Mergers Ever
Reuters:
AT&T seen selling assets to get nod for mega deal
Discussion: DSLreports and FierceDeveloper
Apple:
iPad 2 Arrives in 25 More Countries This Friday  —  Available in Hong Kong, Korea & Singapore in April  —  Apple® today announced that iPad® 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. iPad 2 will be available …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
That was quick: Four lines of code is all it takes for The New York Times' paywall to come tumbling down  —  The New York Times paywall is costing the newspaper $40-$50 million to design and construct, Bloomberg has reported.  And it can be defeated through four lines of Javascript.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A Rule of Thumb: Pricing Should Be Simple
Discussion: SAI and NewsGrange
Bloomberg:
Apple's Jobs Must Answer Questions in ITunes Antitrust Suit  —  A federal magistrate judge ordered Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs to answer questions in an antitrust dispute alleging the company operated a music-downloading monopoly.  —  Lawyers for consumers who filed …
Bloomberg:
Apple Sues Amazon.com, Seeks Order to Stop Use of ‘App Store’ Trademark  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) sued Amazon.com Inc., saying the online retailer is improperly using Apple's “App Store” trademark for a mobile software developer program.  —  Apple, in a complaint filed March 18 in California …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
RIM Reveals BlackBerry PlayBook Versions, Pricing (Starts At $499), Retail Partners  —  In case you were holding out for a BlackBerry PlayBook: good news.  Research In Motion this morning announced (expected) plans to make the tablet computer available in more than 20,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada.
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
RIM's Tablet to Go On Sale April 19, Pricing Borrows from the iPad's PlayBook
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Arn / MacRumors Page 2:
iPad 2: Wife Says No, but Apple Says Yes  —  Apple is paying close attention to all iPad 2 returns during the first few weeks to make sure there are no major production defects.  This policy has led to an amusing story that we thought was entertaining enough to share.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Drunk On Licensing Fees And Patents, Microsoft Has Become A Joke  —  Earlier today, it was revealed that Microsoft was suing yet another company for infringing on their patents.  The target this time?  Barnes & Noble.  Yes, Microsoft is suing a book chain.  Why?
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Horacio Gutierrez / TechNet Blogs:
Android Patent Infringement: Licensing is the Solution
Discussion: p2pnet and PC Magazine
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and new Galaxy Tab 10.1 hands-on: thinner than the iPad 2, dual-core power, TouchWiz 4.0  —  You know who took the iPad 2 launch pretty seriously?  Samsung, that's who.  Just as we had heard, the company's executives were impressed by Apple's ability to slim down its tablet and …
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Samsung Introduces 8.9 and 10.1-Inch Galaxy Tabs Coming This Summer
Discussion: Engadget
Chris Dixon / cdixon's posterous:
Dropbox and why you should invest in people  —  It was reported today that Dropbox will generate $100M in revenue this year.  Whether or not those reports are right, it is certainly a great product, beloved by its customers and will almost certainly be wildly successful.
Discussion: @drewhouston
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Boom!  Professional Social Network LinkedIn Passes 100 Million Members  —  2011 has proven to be a monumental year so far for professional social network LinkedIn.  The company filed its S-1 for a public offering, released a number of data-focused products and unveiled a social news reader for professionals.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Bandwidth.com Launches a Better Broadband Map  —  The folks at Bandwidth.com, which offers wholesale voice services to many application providers, launched a website Monday with a broadband map that will offer people insights about the quality of service, the speeds of service and the price others …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
BBC:
China rejects Google claims of email interference  —  Google reduced its presence in China last year after complaining of interference  —  China's foreign ministry has rejected claims by Google that Beijing is disrupting access to its e-mail service in the country.
Discussion: Associated Press, Reuters and Gearlog
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
Hands-On: Verizon's Sony Ericsson Xperia Play at CTIA 2011  —  At CTIA Wireless 2011, Verizon started showing off their branded version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia play for the first time.  —  We've already had some hands-on time with the Sony Xperia Play, but the Verizon version is a bit different.
Discussion: Engadget and BGR
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Nokia's tablet path may exclude Microsoft: source  —  (Reuters) - Nokia's strategy for entering the tablet computer market may not include Microsoft, its recently announced partner for smartphones, according to a person with knowledge of the company's thinking.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Here Come the First T-Mobile 42 Mbps Cities, Devices  —  The latest T-Mobile news may have been focused on the AT&T's plans to purchase the carrier, but that isn't stopping T-Mobile with its network expansion plans for 2011.  Today, the company announced the first three cities …
Marty Katz / Gadgetwise:
YouTube Offers Free Image Stabilization  —  Starting today, Google's YouTube video Web site will make the road for video enthusiasts smoother.  —  YouTube has added a stabilization feature to its adjustment tools, which reduces shakiness in video, whether from walking, riding or unsteady hands.
Discussion: Softpedia News and ThinkMobile
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wi-Fi Alliance launches hotspot certification program, aims to ease cell-to-WiFi handoff woes
Discussion: Technologizer and GigaOM
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Larry Page almost skipped web search for automated cars
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Happy Birthday Twitter. Yes, You're Awesome. Now Back To Work (On Search And Archives)
New York Times:
China Tightens Censorship of Electronic Communications
Discussion: SAI
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Nokia releasing yet another cheap Symbian smartphone
Discussion: Pulse2, Geek.com and Electronista
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
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Joe Light / Wall Street Journal:
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