“Friday is D-day for consumers looking to get their hands on Apple’s third generation iPad, and lines are expected to be long because the device is already sold out online,” Marguerite Reardon, Roger Cheng and Josh Lowensohn report for CNET.

“Doors at Apple stores and most other retailers selling the new iPad open at 8 a.m. local time in nine countries, including the U.S., and two U.S. territories,” Reardon, Cheng and Lowensohn report. “The first iPad was already sold in Australia at a Telstra store that opened at midnight local time. Other countries getting the new iPad include: Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, the U.K., and the U.S., along with Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

Reardon, Cheng and Lowensohn report, “CNET’s crew of reporters and photographers will be at the cube on Fifth Avenue documenting the expected long lines and protesters. We’ll also have coverage from Apple’s new Grand Central store in New York , as well from our reporters in San Francisco and Palo Alto, Calif., and Paris, too.”

7:50am, NYC Fifth Ave. store: This is Maggie Reardon reporting from the Fifth Ave. store. The line of eager iPad fans is around the block. Maybe 200 to 300, waiting in the cold, damp morning. Greg Packer from Huntington, N.Y., is the first person in line. He’s been here since Monday.

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MacDailyNews Take: Good ol’ Greg. King of Launch Day Queues.

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