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Is This a Preview of the iPad App Store?

Those of you who pre-ordered iPads should be getting them in less than a week. And this is purportedly what you’ll see when you visit the iPad App store. From MacStories:

Browsing the iPad App Store: A Video [By @viticci] from Federico Viticci on Vimeo.

If you’re impatient, here’s the summary of the 90-second video: It shows a bunch of iPad-specific apps.

Beyond that, there’s not much to say other than the fact that Yahoo (YHOO) and Reuters appear to be the only two media companies that have a spot in iTunes’ coveted “new and noteworthy” showcase. But given that we don’t know if this video is current (or even real), it’s hard to imbue any of this with much meaning.

I do have a request for iPad leakers, though: If you have access to a review copy, could you let us know which Web sites Apple (AAPL) has pre-bookmarked for reviews? Because that may tell us something.

Here’s why: A Web publisher tells me that Apple approached this source’s company this winter and encouraged it to prep its site for the device. That is: Lots of HTML5, no Adobe (ADBE) Flash. In return, the publisher is supposed to get a boost from Apple via endorsements like pre-installed bookmarks and the like. Thanks in advance for your help.

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— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work