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5:45 PM ET, March 27, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iOS 5 Likely Pushed To The Fall After A Cloud Unveiling At WWDC  —  Many people (including myself) were a bit disappointed that Apple didn't devote any time during the iPad 2 unveiling to talking about iOS 5, the next major revamp of the software.  But there may be a very good reason for that: it's not coming anytime soon.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo 3DS review: Is it worth $249 and $40 per game?  —  Nintendo has done its best to launch a new era in video games with the launch of its 3DS portable gaming system, which goes on sale for $249 on Sunday.  The appeal of this device, which can display games in stereoscopic 3D without glasses, is growing on me.
Discussion: Joystiq
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Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Nintendo 3DS Launches, Haunted by Smartphones  —  The Nintendo 3DS goes on sale in North America today, and while my experience is limited to previews at trade shows and a public demo over the weekend, my sentiment is similar to that of full reviews: The tech is impressive, even if the first batch of games aren't.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Silicon Valley is abuzz with bubble and recovery stories — too soon?
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple looking to “radically improve” iOS maps and location services  —  Apple, in late 2009, acquired a mapping company called PlaceBase and since then many rumors have said that Apple is working to revamp their built-in maps application.  Rumors have covered a redesigned iOS application …
Sean Bonner / Boing Boing:
iPhone app store of “Color” may be best app store review ever  —  Sean Bonner has been involved with blogs and hackerspaces and art galleries and record labels of the punk rock variety.  Now he's on Twitter.  —  The photo sharing/social network app Color launched last week …
Jon Bruner / Forbes:
Steal This E-Book  —  Tech publisher Tim O'Reilly has turned his $100 million O'Reilly Media into an e-book power—while rejecting antipiracy measures.  —  Jon Bruner: On all your titles you've dropped digital-rights management (DRM), which limits file sharing and copying.  Aren't you worried about piracy?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPad 2: Out of stock by Saturday  —  A launch perfectly timed to coincide with the end of Apple's second fiscal quarter  —  Shoppers queued up for the iPad 2 in London.  Image: onlygeek  —  Reports are still drifting in, but it seems likely that most of the 25 countries where Apple …
Discussion: Pocket-lint and Electronista
Ben Zimmer / New York Times:
The Great Language Land Grab  —  When tech companies engage in legal squabbles about who gets to use our everyday words, what are ordinary speakers of the language to make of it all?  —  Microsoft is suing Apple, and Apple is suing Amazon, all over the right to use a simple two-word phrase: “app store.”
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
RIM: The inmates have taken over the asylum  —  Once upon a time, the Blackberry was the king of smartphones.  After a succession of Psion PDAs and Palm devices, I loved my Blackberry, it was the perfect PIM (Personal Information Manager).  Email, contacts and calendar functions worked well together …
Discussion: Technologizer
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Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
Lukewarm Reaction To Playbook Could Force Drastic Measures For RIM
Rachel King / The Toybox Blog:
London Underground getting Wi-Fi hotspot treatment  —  While New Yorkers wait for the subway to get the Wi-Fi access they've been promised, the London Underground is being outfitted with Wi-Fi hotspots ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games next summer.  —  A “successful trial” …
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
The first musical album that's also a location aware iPhone app  —  As the power of location based mobile technologies improves, so too do the seemingly limitless creative potentials of their uses to enhance the human experience.  —  Imagine walking outside, listening to music and having …
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and Arts Desk
 
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Andrew Quinn / Reuters:
U.S. develops “panic button” for democracy activists
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
RIM Buys Developer Of HTML5 Mobile App Testing Platform TinyHippos
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Swoopo Quietly Files for Bankruptcy
Discussion: TechCrunch and @cdixon, Thanks:edoswald
Kevin Murphy / DomainIncite:
ICANN asks the US to cut it loose