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Tech RoundUp: New iPads Sell Like Crazy, Stringfly Offers Rewards

Apple has tons of cash. That’s the big takeaway from these stories, which go into detail about the company’s plans to start paying a quarterly dividend after July 1. It will also start a three-year repurchase plan September 30. Add to that the stunning success of the iPad debut on Friday. Judging by the 300 people lined up at San Francisco’s Stockton Street Apple store and similar scenes around the country, Apple fanatics were at it again. Pre-orders reduced the first-day chaos this time around. Company CEO Tim Cook hasn’t said how many iPads were sold (he held a conference call this morning to announce the dividend), but there were hints that it set a record. (*Update: Apple says it sold more than three million iPads over the weekend.)

For mystery shoppers, citizen journalists and other engaged consumers, Engagement Media Technologies has launched Stringfly – as in, stringers on the fly – a free app that allows people to submit content for rewards. For example, take a photo of a display inside a local Starbucks and get a coupon for a free latte. Big-name partners have not yet been announced.

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Is Tumblr the Next Twitter?

If 140 characters isn’t enough room for all the insightful things you have to say, then maybe you’re ready for Tumblr.

The New York Times goes into detail about the attributes of the blogging service, which includes the ability to go on for more than 140 characters, the addition of photos and other content, and its ease of use. For smartphones, there’s also Posterous. The Atlantic and John Mayer are among Tumblr’s users so far.

Twitter‘s appeal is the ability to provide a quick update in real-time, so it seems Tumblr isn’t really an alternative. But the company says it’s getting 30,000 new users per day, so there’s some appeal and perhaps some new publicity uses. If you’re on Tumblr or have any feedback, please share in the comments.