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Netflix Streaming Coming to the iPad, Microsoft Backhands Google, Again

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines....
  • The iPad extravaganza has officially begun, and after weeks of leaks and hints, the wave of app announcements and partnerships is reaching tsunami status. According to various reports and screenshots, iPad owners will have access to thousands of appealing apps, including offerings from ABC, Netflix and Hulu. [From: Engadget and The New York Times]
  • Oh, snap! Microsoft has whipped out the ol' dueling glove again and it just smacked Google right across the face. In a video posted to TechNet Edge, Microsoft is reportedly promoting the use of Internet Explorer 8 over Google Chrome because, with IE8, "your privacy is better protected." We're eagerly awaiting a response Google. [From: Ars Technica]
  • The Masters will be the first major sporting event to be televised live in 3-D, and yesterday, a few lucky New Yorkers enjoyed a sneak peek of the upcoming action. According to the New York Times, "one look at Augusta in 3-D will make high definition seem obsolete." But, it also sounds like a migraine waiting to happen, with "blurred" pictures, "visually jarring" motions and "dizzying" effects. Just how we like our golf. [From: The New York Times]
  • A once unique and exclusive automotive standard-bearer is apparently attempting a move into the mainstream. Lamborghini research and development director Maurizio Reggiani recently told 'Car and Driver' that the vehicle manufacturer will spend less time focusing on speed in the future. He also claimed that the company may actually cease the production of autos with manual transmission because of dwindling consumer interest. [From: Motor Authority]
  • Earlier this month, statistics indicated that piracy in France has actually increased since the European nation passed a law that could ban illegal fire-sharers from the Net. John Kennedy, a suit for the recording industry, has predictably dismissed the study as "nonsense," even though the conductors of the survey admitted that their work "should be repeated in several months." [From: Ars Technica]

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