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Well, I think there are a few factors that need to be considered. What does the rest of your layout look like? What colors are you using? Where are these buttons placed? All of those things (and more) will come into play when your users are trying to determine whether the button is active. My suggestion would to do some AB testing with your potential users. ...
A term that comes to mind is panel or pane, but looking at your "web application” it looks more like a website to me. The fact that it loads pages dynamically and slides them in doesn’t mean people will see it as an application, that depends more on it’s contents. So I think the term page will be generally understood in this case.
I would word it as "Choose section", which indicates a grouping of a given content type which is likely to include "pages" in the content. There is no hard and fast rule on this, so I would strongly suggest doing some basic UX testing with your potential customers to see which is more intuitive to them.
I kind of feel like if you have to ask, then you should be doing more to visually indicate which buttons are active than just using color. Google has some good guidelines along these lines: http://www.google.com/design/spec/components/buttons.html#
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