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★ The Best iPad 2 Review Yet

Darrell Etherington for GigaOm did a great job on this review. Straight to the point! User experience benefits from the iPad 2′s improved hardware specifications. The dual-core A5 processor and 512 MB of DRAM provide noticeable speed improvements throughout the OS and apps, and animations look and feels smoother. and That single flaw aside, the Smart …

★ Biz Stone Joins AOL as “Social Impact Advisor”

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter via his personal blog: My role at Twitter has not changed. I’m keeping my day job in addition to accepting a role as Social Impact Advisor at Aol. There are a handful of organizations I’ve agreed to advise. Last year, two startups I advised were acquired leaving room to consider helping …

★ The Year in Android Phones — So Far

Wired.com: This collection represents the best Android phones we’ve received to test here at Wired over the past few months. So, if you’re in the market for an Android phone, start with this short list of our recommended picks. They list 10 of the best Android phones in 2011. The reality is, each of these …

★ Marco Arment weighs in on the Twitter for iPhone Quick Bar

He writes: The Quick Bar isn’t offensive because we don’t want Twitter making money with ads, or because we object to changes in the interface. It’s offensive because it’s deeply bad, showing complete disregard for quality, product design, and user respect, and we’ve come to expect a lot more from Twitter. Two weeks ago, I …