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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!  —  Internet Explorer 9, in its first 24 hours of availability, has racked up a grand total of 2.3 million downloads.  An impressive number, until you compare it to the latest major releases from Mozilla …
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Rumor: Asus To Launch $200 Chrome Netbook  —  The netbook market has more or less dried up; the little things might still be useful for light computing, but they've been clobbered by tablets as the go-to device for quick email and web browsing.  Could it be that they're just not cheap enough?
Dave Horne / Blaze.io:
iPhone vs. Android - 45,000 Tests Prove Whose Browser is Faster  —  Android 52% faster, speeds past iPhone on 84% of sites* … Browser performance is a big deal.  Browser speed was a major bullet point - if not the top point - in practically every browser release this last year.
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Android 50% faster than iPhone 4 in loading Web pages, study says
Discussion: BGR, Android Community and PC World
androidnews.de:
Amazon Appstore: Apps and Prices Leak [EXCLUSIVE] [UPDATE]  —  Today we accidentally tripped over some information regarding available apps and prices in Amazon's Appstore.  The store itself is still not working yet, but now we have some first impressions of which apps Amazon is going to feature …
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Samsung's MacBook Air Challenger Ready to Ship  —  You can thank me in advance for not calling the ultra-slim Samsung Series 9 laptop a “MacBook Air killer,” which it certainly is not.  It is, however, a sleek featherweight of a portable PC, one that gives Apple's attractive Air a run for its money in the look-at-me competition.
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.
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 …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
iPod touch showing freaky graphical glitches after iOS 4.3 update? (video)  —  Another issue appears to be plaguing those who've upgraded to iOS 4.3, though thankfully this one won't make them late for work.  We're seeing dozens of reports online of iPod touch users, particularly …
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.
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Offers Support to Apple Employees Affected by Earthquake  —  Photo of Apple Store in Sendai, Japan by naok  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs is reported to have sent a message to Apple staff regarding the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  The contents of the email were posted to Chihouban.com …
Lizette Chapman / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Frankness, Facebook Go A Long Way For Accel Partners' Kevin Efrusy  —  (EDITOR'S NOTE: The following story originally appeared in the March edition of Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst, as part of a monthly feature profiling “rising stars” of the next generation of general partners.)
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google offers help for U.S. nonprofits  —  U.S.-based nonprofit organizations can get discounts on advertising and Google Apps subscriptions as part of a new Google for Nonprofits program launched today.  —  Nonprofits will be able to take advantage of the exclusive offers through a one-stop application process.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sprint ‘Project Leapfrog’ rumors claim LTE network upgrade is underway  —  If we had a dime for every time Sprint CEO Dan Hesse (or spectrum partner Clearwire) has talked about a possible migration to LTE, we'd have... well, at least several dimes.  A new rumor that's popped up from a couple sources today …
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.
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Groupon Is Said to Discuss IPO Valuation of Up to $25 Billion  —  Groupon Inc. has held talks with banks about an initial public offering that would value the online-coupon company at as much as $25 billion, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Firefox 4 Gets March 22 Public Release Date  —  Mozilla has set a release date for the next iteration of its popular open-source browser, shipping the final release builds of Firefox 4 on March 22 should no critical vulnerabilities or bugs in the software arise during their final tests.
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).
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Sony To Subpoena Two Years Of PS3 Hacker's PayPal Records  —  Query: If I donated $10 to Geohot's legal defense fund, does that make me liable for his actions, and do I have no right to keeping that donation private?  It was, after all (if I made it), a perfectly legal transaction between two private citizens.
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
Betsy Lordan / Federal Trade Commission:
Firm to Pay FTC $250,000 to Settle Charges That It Used Misleading Online “Consumer” and “Independent” Reviews  —  A company selling a popular series of guitar-lesson DVDs will pay $250,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceptively advertised its products through online affiliate marketers …
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
HTC Thunderbolt First Speed Tests: Freakin' Fast, Mixed Hotspot Mode Results  —  As the first 4G LTE phone for Verizon Wireless, there's a lot of pressure on the HTC Thunderbolt to deliver blazing speeds, especially since it costs $249.  We just got our hands on this powerful 4.3-inch Android phone …
Discussion: mocoNews, Thanks:mspoonauer
Brad Reed / PC World:
RIM Urges BlackBerry Users to Turn off JavaScript  —  Research in Motion is recommending that IT departments and users disable JavaScript on their BlackBerry devices, citing a vulnerability unearthed at this year's Pwn2Own hacker challenge.  —  According to RIM, the vulnerability could allow …
 
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
HeyZap Goes After Social Discovery, Launches Check-in For Mobile Games
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
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