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iPad pre-orders start Friday

iPad pre-orders start Friday

It's tough to predict how well Apple's iPad will sell -- and whether it will overtake Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's nook and other e-readers. But there certainly is a lot of curiosity on-line, judging by this week's Yahoo! searches. With Apple starting to take pre-orders on Friday, iPad searches have been running six times higher than those for Kindle and 14 times higher for the nook. Here's some info from Yahoo! on the searches:

-- Men made 60 percent of iPad searches (while women made 68 pecent of Kindle searches).

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-- The top regions searching for the iPad are San Diego, Albany, and Los Angeles. (Top regions searching for the Kindle are New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.)

-- Searches for iPhone and "new iphone 2010 4g" are nearly 2.5 times higher than iPad searches.

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-- In the Baltimore/Washington area, iPad searches are up 38 percent, and searches are 13 times higher than for the Kindle.

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