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+ - 32 Google News Sci Tech: Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 9, its prettiest browser yet - VentureBeat->

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Telegraph.co.uk

Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 9, its prettiest browser yet
VentureBeat
Microsoft's long journey to revitalize Internet Explorer, and make it a competitive web browser against speedy upstarts like Google Chrome, finally reached its end tonight. A few hours ago, Microsoft made the final version of Internet Explorer 9 ...
Internet Explorer 9 Released to Web at SXSWPC Magazine
Internet Explorer 9 (Windows 7 - 64 bit)> Tom's Guide
Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft's Hope for Battling Chrome, FirefoxeWeek
Seattle Times-PCWorld-AFP
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+ - 32 Google News Sci Tech: Is iPad 2 Just an Attempt to Crush Android? - Technorati->

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ZDNet UK

Is iPad 2 Just an Attempt to Crush Android?
Technorati
After three days on sale, the iPad 2 appears to be selling in record numbers. With the new device flying off of shelves, it's becoming nearly impossible to find one to purchase. A torrent of advertising, media coverage and all out consumer love may be ...
Adobe to deliver Flash for mobile 10.2 next weekCNET
Apple iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom: Tested, Rated, Compared (Video)PC Magazine
News: Consumer Reports: iPad 2 “More Than Competitive” w/Android TabsThe Mac Observer
eWeek-Computerworld-Fortune
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+ - 32 Google News Sci Tech: Chip prices jump as Japan disaster hits tech supplies - Reuters->

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CRN - UK

Chip prices jump as Japan disaster hits tech supplies
Reuters
SEOUL, March 15 (Reuters) - Prices for key technology components spiked and global supply disruptions were expected to last for months as the toll on Japan's infrastructure mounted after Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami. ...
Japanese stock markets fall more than 6%San Francisco Chronicle
Japan Electronic Component Prices to Rise on Shortages, IHS SaysBloomberg
Memory spot prices soar on supply concernsDigitimes
Wall Street Journal-Mashable-PC Magazine
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+ - 31 Google News Sci Tech: HP's Apotheker Swells Move Into Cloud Computing, Lifts Dividend - Bloomberg->

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CNET

HP's Apotheker Swells Move Into Cloud Computing, Lifts Dividend
Bloomberg
Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker, announcing his strategy for the first time since taking the helm, plans a deeper push into software and the expanding ...
HP CEO Apotheker pushes cloud computingUSA Today
HP's Apotheker emphasizes cloud computingSan Francisco Chronicle
HP's new CEO was poised during speech and press Q&A (video)VentureBeat
New York Times-Financial Times-Reuters
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+ - 45 Google News Sci Tech: Apple may have sold 500000 iPad 2s, Depleting Retailers - San Jose Mercury News->

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The Hindu

Apple may have sold 500000 iPad 2s, Depleting Retailers
San Jose Mercury News
Apple may have sold more than 500000 iPad 2 tablets as consumer demand left retailers bereft of the device on its debut weekend, even as rival computer makers ready more than 100 would-be competitors. Piper Jaffray and Deutsche Bank ...
Apple iPad 2: 10 Reasons Customers Pounced on IteWeek
The iPad 2 lives up to some of the hypeLos Angeles Times
Some Apple Stores To Open Early On Tuesday For iPad 2 RestockSlashGear
Press of Atlantic City-Technorati-PCWorld
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+ - 45 Google News Sci Tech: T-Mobile Delivers New Sidekick 4G Pics, Details - PC Magazine->

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CNET (blog)

T-Mobile Delivers New Sidekick 4G Pics, Details
PC Magazine
What makes a Sidekick a Sidekick? The new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, built by Samsung, keeps the classic messaging phone's keyboard, form factor and texting focus. But it's running Android 2.2, not the classic Sidekick OS. ...
T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is Galaxy S 4G's Capable CousinGigaOm
More T-Mobile Sidekick 4G details revealedCNET (blog)
T-Mobile announces the Sidekick 4G from SamsungZDNet (blog)
PCWorld-Fortune (blog)-Seattle Times (blog)
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+ - 31 Google News Sci Tech: New Wi-Fi Tablets: Too Little, Too Late? - BusinessWeek->

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Tablets Planet

New Wi-Fi Tablets: Too Little, Too Late?
BusinessWeek
Over the next four weeks, at least three new tablets are expected from Samsung, Motorola, and Research In Motion. The good news? They're Wi-Fi only, which will keep their cost down and appeal to consumers looking to avoid high-priced ...
Adobe to deliver Flash for mobile 10.2 next weekCNET
Apple iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom: Tested, Rated, Compared (Video)PC Magazine
Motorola Xoom, Android 3.0 to Get Flash March 18eWeek
Computerworld-Fortune-Mashable
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+ - 44 Ars Technica: Feature: Ars reviews the iPad 2: big performance gains in a slimmer package->

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Apple's original iPad has taken off to levels none of us anticipated when it was launched one year ago. Though it has very recently gotten some competition in the tablet space, the iPad still dominates the market and mindshareof new tablet buyers. After having sold 15 million units in nine months last year, Apple has now refined its design with the introduction of the iPad 2.

What, exactly, is new about the iPad 2 that differentiates it from the previous model? That's what we're here to tell you. We reviewed the 16GB WiFi-only iPadsame as the model we used for our original iPad review last yearand for aesthetic purposes, we chose black over white. (What can we say? We like a good visual screen pop.) So, on with the show.

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+ - 45 Operation Hope Wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge->

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An anonymous reader writes "Operation Hope wins the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge for demonstrating the restoration of barren desert back to lush grassland by INCREASING the number of grazing livestock. Could grazing cattle actually be a solution to, instead of being a cause of, the climate crisis?"
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+ - 33 Cisco Smartnet->

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Rusty Crosby writes "knowing it’s not worth the big expense? Knowing you’re paying to much for what you get? Tired of watching your other IT projects get pushed to the side because your budget was wiped out by your annual SMARTnet maintenance renewal? Hey I get it.

Trying to protect your current Cisco infrastructure assets while also getting other projects done is tough. Sometimes it feels like a it’s easier to just not renew the contract and risk the chance that a device may fail so you can use those IT funds more wisely. Unfortunately, that’s like driving without car insurance. It can be VERY costly if you get into trouble.

You are not alone

Thousands of other IT professionals are dealing with this very problem. In 2005, when the recession first hit we saw many of our customers deciding not to renew their Cisco Smartnet maintenance due to the high cost of Cisco’s contracts and budget cuts."

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+ - 32 Techdirt: HP And RIM Produce Similar Device... Don't Freak Out->

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ChurchHatesTucker points us to a recent story about how RIM's Playbook tablet device and interface looks incredibly similar to HP's TouchPad tablet device interface (using WebOS), but rather than get all freaked out about "copying," the two companies seem to handle this maturely, noting that it's just the nature of innovation. HP's initial response more or less suggests that RIM copied HP, but uses it as an opportunity to position itself as a leader in the space, rather than a follower:

From HP:

"It's a fast innovation cycle and a fast imitation cycle in this market, so we just know that we have the creative engine here to continue to build on what we have, and we'll keep innovating, we'll keep honing and those guys hopefully will continue to see the value in it and keep following us by about a year."

RIM (Blackberry) responds.

"Well, when you’re trying to optimize user experience that juggles multitasking, multiple apps open at once and on a small screen, you’re going to get people landing on similar kinds of designs."
Notice no legal threats. No claims of intellectual property violations. Some might claim this is a "non-story," but in an age when the default so often seems to break out the lawyers, cease-and-desists and threats (if not outright lawsuits), it's nice to see a response like this. In some ways it's more of a story, since it seems so rare.

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