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Today in Tech: new iPad 2 shipments, HP CEO Leo Apotheker's company strategy

March 15, 2011: 5:00 AM ET

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  • RIP, Zune. (2006-2011) Most of us hardly knew ye.

    Put a fork in it, everyone -- the Zune is dead. Microsoft will reportedly put an end to its ill-fated music-video player due to lack of demand. Instead, the company will focus on putting its Zune software onto smartphones likely running Windows Phone 7. (Bloomberg)

  • AT&T may be leveraging data usage caps against its DSL Internet users, but it's also giving mobile subscribers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico free calls and texts to Japan through March 31. (Wired customers can get credits for up to 60 minutes of direct dialing.) UPDATE: Sprint and Verizon have followed suit. (Engadget)
  • In a 40-minute speech, HP CEO Leo Apotheker outlined his strategy for the company -- "to be the platform for the cloud and connectivity." That will include building an online cloud with an app store where both consumers and businesses can store and find info. While analysts generally approved of Apotheker's forward thinking, they did note the lack of concrete details. (Wall Street Journal) More
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