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4:15 PM ET, March 15, 2011

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Cade Metz / The Register:
Apple handcuffs ‘open’ web apps on iPhone home screen  —  Three ‘bug’ App Store ‘conspiracy’  —  Exclusive Apple's iOS mobile operating system is running web applications at significantly slower speeds when they're launched from the iPhone or iPad home screen as opposed to the Apple Safari browser …
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Bryan Wolfe / App Advice:
Is Apple Deliberately Slowing Down Web Apps?
Bloomberg:
Google Is Said to Plan Payment Test in New York, San Francisco  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) plans to start testing a mobile-payment service at stores in New York and San Francisco within four months, letting shoppers use their phones to ring up purchases, two people familiar with the project said.
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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Google deploying NFC payment systems this summer
Discussion: SAI
Anna Mongayt / Google Enterprise Blog:
New Google Apps feature release process  —  100% web applications have many advantages over legacy and single tenant hosted technologies, and you consistently tell us that the ability to access improvements as they become available is one of the most important.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: The most modern browser there is: Internet Explorer 9 reviewed  —  When Microsoft first introduced Internet Explorer 9 at PDC in November 2009, it didn't show much.  A few benchmarks, some talk about the technologies that the browser would use, and a little information about the direction that development would take.
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Wall Street Journal:   Microsoft Adds Do-Not-Track Tool to Browser
Kevin Rose Blogg:
Apple's Role in Japan during the Tohoku Earthquake  —  Wow, this email is from a friend of mine that works for Apple in Japan... makes me happy Apple went the extra mile here, check out his story below:  —  Dear Alex L, David, & Kevin,  —  Hi this is XXXXX in Japan.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Postpones iPad 2 Launch in Japan  —  With Japan facing a mounting crisis in the wake of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami, Apple has decided to postpone the launch of the iPad 2 in the country.  —  “We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country …
Mike Loukides / O'Reilly Radar:
What has Twitter become?  —  At O'Reilly, we've long believed that one criterion for long-term success is creating more value than you capture.  When you do so, you create the possibility for an ecosystem that's larger than you are.  You create a healthy environment in which you, your partners, and even your competitors can thrive.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Netflix Has 60 Percent Of Digital Movie Market  —  If you're going to pay for a movie over the Web, you don't have to use Netflix.  But there's a very good chance you'll do just that: A 60 percent chance, says NPD.  —  The consumer tracking outfit says Reed Hastings' company owns 61 percent …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Electronista
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple iTunes takes just 4% of US digital video market as Netflix dominates
Discussion: NPD Group, TUAW and The Next Web
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2 shortages continue: now shipping in 4-5 weeks from Apple's online store  —  This is already becoming insane: the iPad 2 is now shipping in 4-5 weeks from the Apple online store.  That means if you order an iPad 2 from the online store right now it won't show up at your door step for over a month.
Mark Schaaf / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
New beta AdMob Windows Phone 7 SDK expands cross-platform monetization options for developers  —  One of the three core principles of our mobile ads business is ‘inclusiveness’; advertisers and developers should have access to the tools they need to reach users across many mobile platforms.
Jeff / Amazon Web Services Blog:
A New Approach to Amazon EC2 Networking  —  You've been able to use the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud to construct a secure bridge between your existing IT infrastructure and the AWS cloud using an encrypted VPN connection.  All communication between Amazon EC2 instances running within …
Matthew Rothenberg / updates @ m.blog:
On Leaving Flickr  —  So uh, yeah... I know these sorts of personal departure posts are a bit trite, and I certainly have mixed feelings about posting one.  However, as Yahoo-bashing is apparently quite de rigueur in the tech press these days, I wanted to make sure my reasons for leaving Flickr …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Obama “IP czar” wants felony charges for illegal Web streaming  —  The Obama administration wants to make sure that the illegal streaming of music and movies over the Internet is a felony, and it also wants to give the federal government wiretap authority in copyright cases.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Verizon Wireless stops being coy, confirms HTC Thunderbolt for March 17th at $249.99  —  We said it'd be coming on the 17th, but you didn't believe us.  /Why/ didn't you believe us?  No matter, Verizon's finally fessing up and letting us know the good news: the HTC Thunderbolt drops on March 17th for $249.99.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Feature: Ars reviews the iPad 2: big performance gains in a slimmer package  —  Apple's original iPad has taken off to levels none of us anticipated when it was launched one year ago.  Though it has very recently gotten some competition in the tablet space, the iPad still dominates the market and mindshare of new tablet buyers.
Discussion: TUAW, GigaOM and MacDailyNews
Jeff Simmermon / Time Warner Cable Untangled:
Make Any Room the TV Room: The Time Warner Cable iPad App Is Now Available for Download  —  We're thrilled to announce that our long-awaited iPad™ app is finally here.  It's available for free download in the iTunes app store SM starting today, March 15th.
Mark Evans / Sysomos Blog:
Non-Official Twitter Clients Still Widely Used  —  In unveiling changes to its API rules last week, Twitter's Ryan Sarver claimed that according to the company's data “90% of active Twitters users use official Twitter apps on a monthly basis.”  Twitter defines “official” …
Chipworks:
Apple A5 - Samsung, not TSMC  —  In the last 24 hrs our lab guys have torn down the iPad 2 and come to the conclusion that the main innovation is the A5 chip.  Flash memory is flash memory, the DRAM in the A5 package is 512 MB instead of 256 MB, and the touchscreen control uses the same trio …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Adobe Prepares For A Possible Future Without Flash  —  Give Adobe credit: While it's still trying to make a version of its Flash software that is acceptable for tablets and smartphones, it's also preparing for a digital publishing future that may not revolve around Flash.
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Facebook Is Not Happy With The Poking Inventor Action Figure  —  We're the big fans of the man who makes the world more open and connected.  So we introduced the “Poking Inventor” action figure.  Everyone likes the social network, but we never thought Mr. Mark Zuckerberg would be unhappy …
Discussion: All Facebook, TechCrunch and msnbc.com, Thanks:jeremyfranklin
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Report: Piracy a “global pricing problem” with only one solution  —  A major new report from a consortium of academic researchers concludes that media piracy can't be stopped through “three strikes” Internet disconnections, Web censorship, more police powers, higher statutory damages, or tougher criminal penalties.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Fix in the works for Apple TV screen flickering issue  —  A software fix is is said to be in the works for users who have experienced screen flickering issues after updating to the latest firmware for the Apple TV set top box.  —  An Apple support representative has confirmed that Apple …
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
In Silicon Valley, no immediate threat to supply chains from Japan disaster  —  Despite the widespread devastation in Japan, experts don't see imminent dangers to global tech supply chains that Silicon Valley companies depend on.  —  Japan is a powerhouse in production of high-end technology commodities …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia collects design patent for a tablet, evokes N8 aesthetics
Discussion: SlashGear and The Nokia Blog
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Former FCC Boss Michael Powell Now Top Cable Lobbyist - If The Revolving Door Spins Any Faster We'll Get Whiplash
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Foreign Policy tries a new ebook experiment, selling outside Amazon
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Kent Walker / European Public Policy Blog:
Keeping counterfeits out of ads
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Twitter: 140 million tweets per day and counting
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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Publisher Limits Shelf Life for Library E-Books
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Discover New Games Module Shows Users What Their Friends Play
Discussion: Edge Online and All Facebook
Anthony Morganti / Gadget Daily News:
Apple Creating a Magazine Publishing Tool for Developers?
Wall Street Journal:
Rush to Fix Quake-Damaged Undersea Cables
Discussion: Softpedia News and Computerworld
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