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The Web is abuzz right now with people hunting for the best apps to load onto their newly acquired iPads. Apple’s (Stock Quote: APPL) newest gadget blew away sales forecasts, moving 700,000 units this weekend, far more than the 200,000 to 400,000 that was predicted.

Though technically the iPads can run any of the 150,000 apps that are available for the iPhone, there are more than 1,000 programs that have been designed and optimized specifically for the iPad’s larger display.

Gizmodo put together a list of Essential iPad apps, and has put together a list of “insanely useful” apps as well. My personal favorite is a game called Mirror’s Edge , which when it was released for the PS3, Gizmodo notes, was evidently so realistic that it actually made people sick.

The New York Times has an interesting article about software developers who are racing to create apps for the iPad that will make them rich. We recently profiled one iPhone app developer who explained how that process works.

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