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IPad 2 sales start with pre-dawn online orders

Customers line up Thursday in New York to buy an iPad 2. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

Apple Inc.’s updated version of its iPad tablet computer will be available in stores Friday afternoon but those who can’t wait to say they own the gadget can beat the crowds by ordering one online before the sun rises. The Cupertino company opened online sales of the iPad 2 at 3 a.m., hours before they will be available in stores nationwide at 5 p.m. local time. Get the full story »

Android tablets closing gap with iPad in 4Q

Bloomberg News | According to Strategy Analytics, Google Android tablet computers made headway against the Apple iPad in the fourth quarter. The Boston-based research firm said Android tablets accounted for 22 percent of global shipments, up from 2.3 percent in the third quarter; iPad shipments were 75 percent, down from 96 percent.

RIM assures that Wi-Fi only PlayBook on schedule

Research In Motion Ltd.  reiterated Thursday its plans to release the Wi-Fi-only version of its PlayBook tablet in the first quarter of calendar 2011.

“The BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to begin shipping in the U.S. in Q1,” RIM said in an e-mail sent via their outside public-relations firm, Brodeur Partners. Get the full story »

RIM PlayBook tablet to sell for less than $500

RIM plans to price the PlayBook tablet at less than $500. (AP)

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, a late entrant in the tablet computer market, will take on Apple’s iPad with competitive pricing of its PlayBook.

RIM, which said it will sell the PlayBook for less than $500, is confident the 7-inch tablet would help sustain “fast sales growth,” said RIM Co-Chief Executive Jim Balsillie.

RIM’s Nasdaq-listed shares jumped more than 6 percent on Wednesday to as high as $58.72, their highest since June.
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