Some of the more interesting and important items for March 14th :
- iPad 2 Flies Off Shelves – Apple's iPad 2 flew off of the shelves in its first weekend on sale in the U.S., with the company's stores in major cities selling of the iPad 2 within hours of its introduction. Will Apple be able to meet demand for the new device? Yukari Kane reports on digits.
- Trip to tech mecca Fry’s reveals truths John Dvorak’s Second Opinion – MarketWatch – So I wandered over to what many consider a technology mecca: Fry’s, the onetime Northern California grocery-store chain that now is a technology warehouse for computer users and geeks of all sorts in several states.
- West Coast nuke plants: Are they safe? – MarketWatch – LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — The stability of West Coast nuclear plants is coming into question after a massive 8.9 earthquake rocked Japan and caused two explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi plant there, but officials insist that facilities here are well-equipped to withstand such disasters.
- Facebook Takes Aim at Groupon With Deals Service – WSJ.com – Facebook Inc. will soon start testing a service to provide local discounts to its more than 500 million members, a move that will thrust the social network into direct competition with daily deals provider Groupon Inc.
- Crude Oil Futures Edge Higher as Saudi Troops Enter Bahrain – Businessweek – Oil erased losses as Saudi Arabia’s cabinet said the kingdom has responded to a Bahraini request for “support.” Prices were lower most of the day on speculation Japan’s demand may decline after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake devastated the third-largest economy.
- Radioactive plume contaminates US warship – World news – Asia-Pacific – msnbc.com – SOMA, Japan — The U.S. Seventh Fleet moved its ships and aircraft away from a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear plant Monday after discovering low-level radioactive contamination more than 100 miles offshore.
- Japan Readies ‘Massive’ Liquidity as BOJ Gauges Risk to Post-Quake Economy – Bloomberg – The Bank of Japan may today inject more short-term cash into the banking system after the nation’s most powerful earthquake on record, while keeping its asset- purchase plans unchanged as officials gauge the longer-term effect on the world’s third-largest economy.