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March 2, 2011: 5:00 AM ET

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  • The Telegraph reports that Steve Jobs was reportedly blocked from knighthood because the Apple CEO refused an invitation to speak at the Labour Party conference. (Other notable honorary knights include Bill Gates and Apple collaborate-U2 frontman Bono.) The info comes from a former senior Labour Party member, but a party spokesperson denies the news. (Telegraph via Fortune)
  • Meanwhile, Apple is currently in the midst of defending its attempt to trademark the phrase "App Store," claiming that Microsoft failed to prove that the term should remain a generic term that can be used by any mobile app marketplace. (TechFlash)
  • Also, expect Apple to finally unveil the follow-up to its über-popular iPad at its big event this afternoon at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST in San Francisco, where Jobs himself may make an appearance. If outlets like Engadget are to be believed, expect the next-generation tablet to be thinner, faster, and more powerful with a dual-core ARM processor, double the RAM (512 MB), and at least one video camera, though it will likely not have a higher-resolution display and built-in SD card slot. Fortune will cover the event throughout the day, so keep checking in for the latest. (Fortune, AllThingsD, and Engadget)
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