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1:05 AM ET, March 17, 2011

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Ryan Gavin / The Windows Blog:
2.3 Million Downloads of IE9 in the first 24 hours  —  Internet Explorer 9 has now been downloaded 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours since its Monday night release.  That is over 27 downloads every second, or over 240 downloads every 9 seconds.  Wow.
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Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Internet Explorer 9 downloaded 2.3 million times in first day; Firefox 3 managed 8 million!
Discussion: MobileWhack, Neowin.net and GeekWire, Thanks:downloadsquad
Nick Cooper / Docs Blog:
Introducing discussions in Google Docs  —  When we launched the new Google Docs last April, one of the big changes was moving comments to the sidebar and letting people reply to comments.  Today, we're updating comments in Google Docs to facilitate rapid and seamless discussions and integrate with email in an intuitive way.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple rethinks inventory management for iPad 2  —  Apple has changed its inventory management policy for iPad 2 deliveries, having its retail stores hold on to new shipments until the next day in an effort to ease the sales process for both customers and employees, AppleInsider has learned.
New York Post:
iPad cads scalping buyers  —  If only there were an app to nail black-market extortionists.  A cutthroat Asian group has set its crosshairs on the flagship Apple store on Fifth Avenue at 59th — scoring nearly every iPad 2 it can get its hands since the hot gizmo went on sale last week …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
San Francisco Controller Publishes Candid Report On How Badly They Need Twitter  —  San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos hates the idea of businesses not paying a 1.5% tax on payroll and employee stock option gains (see his brilliantly stupid quote here).  The fact that San Francisco …
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Joshua Sabatini / San Francisco Examiner:   Twitter says it will stay in San Francisco if given tax break
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Why I switched back to an AT&T iPhone  —  Look, I have been dreaming about a Verizon iPhone since the original announcement was made in 2007.  I've always admired Verizon's insanely solid and reliable wireless network, even before it was Verizon (someone tell James Earl Jones I said what's up).
Kenneth Kwan / Gmail Blog:
New connection bar in Gmail for iPhone  —  Using Gmail in Safari on your iPhone gives you access to fast search, conversation view, stars, labels, and more.  But it's sometimes frustrating not knowing whether your email has been sent or whether your phone has a functioning internet connection at all.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Is More Ethical Than Google, Apple, Or Facebook  —  Google's motto may be “do no evil,” but that hasn't fooled an organization that rates the most ethical companies in the world.  —  This year, the Ethisphere Institute named Microsoft to its list of its 110 most ethical companies in the world …
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
One less reason to buy 3G iPad: WiFi-only model supposedly gets GPS when tethered to an iPhone  —  As you know, Apple has finally brought wireless tethering functionality with iOS 4.3.  Called Personal Hotspot, it allows you to share your iPhone's 3G cellular data connection with other devices over its WiFi connection.
Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Is This The Girl That Hacked HBGary?  —  Next time you see a flock of teenage girls in the mall, note that one of them might be Kayla.  As your average 16-year-old, she regularly hangs out with friends, works part time at a salon and hopes one day to be a teacher.
Discussion: TG Daily and The Atlantic Online
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Little Speakers, Big Bet: Andreessen Horowitz Invests $49 Million in Headset-Maker Jawbone  —  Little speakers, big bet: VC shop Andreessen Horowitz is putting $49 million into Jawbone, the company best known for its slim mobile headsets.  —  There aren't any other investors joining Andreessen Horowitz in the round.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
HeyZap Goes After Social Discovery, Launches Check-in For Mobile Games  —  Heyzap, a monetization and distribution platform for online casual games, announced today that it's going mobile.  Launching a social discovery application for mobile games on Android, the startup will be bringing …
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
eHow Relaunches Amid Content Controversy, Revamps Site  —  Amid continued controversy over the quality of its content, eHow is expected to debut a major site redesign on Wednesday.  —  Bearing the new tagline “Trusted advice for the curious life,” eHow's vast content stores will now be divided …
Brad Reed / InfoWorld:
RIM urges BlackBerry users to turn off JavaScript  —  A vulnerability could allow a hacker to access a device's user data through the BlackBerry Browser  —  Research in Motion is recommending that IT departments and users disable JavaScript on their BlackBerry devices …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Plaform Developers Say Facebook Is Asking Them to Stop Using Google Adsense, Pick Approved Ad Networks  —  Some application developers who use Google's Adsense advertising network are now saying that Facebook has begun contacting them, asking them to stop using it because Google has not signed …
Kindle Post US:
Kindle's Real Page Numbers  —  We've seen a lot of interest from customers about our new real page numbers feature for latest generation Kindles and what makes them “real”, so we wanted to tell you a little more about this feature and how we did it.  —  An e-book, like a print book, is at its core a stream of text.
Discussion: TechFlash, PWxyz and GeekWire
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Viral Videos Catch On That Only Hint at a Sponsor's Purpose  —  Can a man with a tiny electronic device hack into the multitude of jumbo screens in Times Square and play videos from his iPhone?  Maybe, if you believe a YouTube video that has been watched by more than half a million viewers in the last four days.
Discussion: Techland and ForeverGeek
Dana Franklin / TUAW:
Fox affiliate in Texas shoots news story on iPad  —  With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, Fox affiliate KBTV's Mike McNeill stopped by Spec's Liquor Store in Beaumont, Texas, to discuss the various alcoholic options available for properly (and responsibly) celebrating the holiday.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Rustock Botnet Flatlined, Spam Volumes Plummet  —  The global volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide took a massive nosedive today following what appears to be a coordinated takedown of the Rustock botnet, one of the world's most active spam-generating machines.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Player 4 and 5 to arrive in the US this spring  —  Remember the Galaxy Player (or Galaxy S WiFi) we saw back at MWC?  Sure you do, it basically strips out the 3G and calling functionality of a Galaxy S phone and leaves you with a Android 2.2 media player or shrunken tablet.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable iPad App Crashes Under Load - ‘Not A Good Party Unless You Run Out Of Beer,’ Says Company  —  Yesterday we noted how Time Warner Cable had launched a promising new iPad application offering thirty channels of television content.  Unfortunately, like many cable industry TV …
 
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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Langevin introduces cybersecurity bill
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Google first to patch Flash bug with Chrome update
Discussion: Networking Blog and Fudzilla
Leigh Phillips / Guardian:
EU to force social network sites to enhance privacy
Discussion: Reuters
Yung-Hui Lim / GreyReview:
Quora engineers accused of vandalizing a clone's website
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Skype security weaknesses could endanger ‘vulnerable users’
Discussion: TechEye and Inquirer
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Matt LeMay / bit.ly blog:
In Which We Welcome Matthew Rothenberg to the bit.ly Team
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
TomTom puts its HD Traffic service data in a browser, lets everyone use it for free
Discussion: WebProNews
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Motorola's Wi-Fi XOOM coming to U.S. March 27th, $599
 

 
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Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment

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