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11:05 PM ET, March 17, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Study comparing Android to iPhone Web browsing speed flawed  —  A Canadian software company, Blaze Software, released a report today of what it calls the “largest ever research study of smart phone browser performance.”  The problem is, the study is flawed.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why the Nitro JavaScript Engine Isn't Available to Apps Outside Mobile Safari in iOS 4.3  —  Along a similar line to today's story about the performance differences between Mobile Safari and the system-wide UIWebView control in iOS 4.3, was Tuesday's mini-brouhaha about web app performance outside Mobile Safari.
Discussion: The Loop
Cade Metz / The Register:
Apple: Yes, Safari outperforms embedded iOS web viewer  —  IPhone web API lacks optimizations, Apple tells El Reg  —  Apple has confirmed that the web viewer embedded with iOS 4.3 does not offer certain optimizations included with the Safari browser bundled with Apple's mobile operating system.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of The New York Times' pay fence  —  t's official — and the world still turns.  After 14 months of planning, The New York Times is finally launching its pay system, starting in the U.S. March 28.  It's been a gestation period longer than a manatee's, due to customer-service identification …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Google Loophole Has Become The Facebook/Twitter Loophole  —  There are a lot of interesting angles to the news this morning about The New York Times' new paywall.  Top news will remain free, a set number of articles for all users will remain free, there will be different pricing tiers …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
New York Times paywall: wishful thinking or just crazy?  —  The New York Times just announced a new paywall that will let you see 20 articles a month and thereafter redirect you to a signup for paid access.  However, if you follow a NYT link from some search engines and services like Twitter …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Gets Its First Big Publisher: New York Times Subscriptions Will Be Sold Through iTunes
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The Times Announces Digital Subscription Plan
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Saying “SXSW Is Over” Is Over  —  A lot of the talk surrounding SXSW this year has reminded me of one of my favorite skits from IFC's show Portlandia.  It starts off with a guy peering into the window of a bar and telling the locals inside how much he loves the place.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Deal with it: SXSW has changed
Discussion: TechCrunch
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Feds Pull Plug on Spam Network  —  Microsoft Corp. and federal law enforcement agents seized computer equipment from Internet hosting facilities across the U.S. in a sweeping legal attack designed to cripple the leading source of junk email on the Internet.
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Rustock Botnet Flatlined, Spam Volumes Plummet
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Exclusive: Yahoo Is About To Sell Delicious For $1-$2 Million  —  Yahoo is about to close a deal to sell bookmarking site Delicious for $1-$2 million, says a source familiar with the discussions.  —  Our source isn't sure what company is buying it, but says it's a “strategic partner,” something like StumbleUpon.
Discussion: @dannysullivan and The Next Web
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Titles and Promotions … Often when I meet with startups, the employees have no job titles.  This makes sense, because everybody is just working to build the company.  Roles needn't be clearly defined and, in fact, can't be, because everyone does a little bit of everything.
Paul Graham:
Subject: Airbnb  —  Yesterday Fred Wilson published a remarkable post about missing Airbnb.  VCs miss good startups all the time, but it's extraordinarily rare for one to talk about it publicly till long afterward.  So that post is further evidence what a rare bird Fred is.  He's probably the nicest VC I know.
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
iPad 2 Wi-Fi, 3G models show microphone differences  —  iLounge has discovered that the microphones in the Wi-Fi and 3G models of the iPad 2 have different sonic qualities.  As noted in our comprehensive review, the microphone hole of the iPad 2 has been moved from its position beside …
Guardian:
Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media  —  Exclusive: Military's ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda  —  Jeff Jarvis: Washington shows the morals of a clumsy spammer  —  The US military is developing software …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Kickstarter Fesses Up: The Crowd-Sourced Funding Startup Has Funding, Too  —  Kickstarter has all the requisite characteristics for a hot startup: An ah-ha! concept, a growing user base, and great buzz.  —  The one thing it doesn't have are stories about investors clamoring to throw money its way.
Discussion: @pkafka
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin Leads $6.5M Round For Jumio  —  Jumio is still gearing up for the launch of its online and mobile payments solution, due for release in 6 to 8 weeks, but the company has lined up an investor that is sure to draw even more attention to the stealth startup …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Pulse2, Betabeat and USA Today
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Groupon Valued At $25B?  That Would Top Google At IPO  —  Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports today that Groupon Inc. is shopping itself to bankers for an initial public offering that could value the company up to $25 billion.  There's a bit of caution here — bankers like to puff up the valuation …
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Fan backlash over adverts injected in Angry Birds HD  —  Last night, an update to Angry Birds HD dropped on iPad with fifteen new levels, a new golden egg and a “feature” that has immediately angered loyal fans - adverts.  No, not the unobtrusive types of an AdMob or AdSense variety seen in some apps.
Discussion: App Advice and SlashGear
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Source: iPhone 5 May Have NFC Contactless Capability  —  Apple's iPhone 4 doesn't have NFC.  But could the iPhone 5?  —  One of the latest, juiciest rumors about Apple's upcoming iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5, is that the device will not include a wireless technology known as Near Field Communication or NFC.
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
Japanese Earthquake Poses Potential Supply Problems for iPad 2  —  The aftermath of the Japanese earthquake may cause logistical disruptions and supply shortages in Apple Inc.'s iPad 2, which employs several components manufactured in the disaster-stricken country—including a hard …
Michael Kleber / Google Code Blog:
Your Web, Half a Second Sooner  —  At Google we're constantly trying to make the web faster — not just our corner of it, but the whole thing.  Over the past few days we've been rolling out a new and improved version of show_ads.js, the piece of JavaScript used by more than two million publishers …
AppleInsider:
Owners of Apple's new MacBook Pros report issues with iTunes Home Sharing  —  Numerous owners of Apple's early 2011 MacBook Pros report being unable to connect devices or maintain connections through iTunes Home Sharing.  —  A support thread in Apple's Discussion forums has received …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TUAW, MacRumors and MacStories
Robin Davey / hypebot:
Only 10% of Your Friends See Your Facebook Posts, And Only 1% Like It.  —  Post by: Robin Davey, Head of Music and Film Development at GROWVision.  —  How do I know this?  Well I conducted a simple experiment that you are all welcome to replicate.  —  I simply posted on my wall asking anyone who saw the post to like it.
Discussion: All Facebook
Stephen Chapman / Between the Lines Blog:
Internal Microsoft video shows plans for next-gen gaming experience  —  While searching around the Internet to find information the future of the Xbox, I stumbled across an internal video dated May 2010 which showcases some of the WGX (Windows Gaming eXperience) team's ambitions …
Discussion: WinRumors, GeekWire, The Next Web and Neowin.net, Thanks:manan
Dan Goodin / The Register:
RSA breach leaks data for hacking SecurID tokens  —  ‘Extremely sophisicated’ attack targets 2-factor auth  —  Attackers breached the servers of RSA and stole information that could be used to compromise the security of two-factor authentication tokens used by 40 million employees …
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
Application Stats on Android Market  —  On the Android Market team, it's been our goal to bring you improved ways of seeing and understanding the installation performance of your published applications.  We know that this information is critical in helping you tune your development and marketing efforts.
 
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Josh Lowensohn / Crave: The gadget blog:
Mac App Store low on freebies, high on games
Discussion: SAI
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Consumer group: Google CEO not good for Commerce post
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Twitter boss on application snub
Discussion: Gartner, IntoMobile and The Next Web
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scribd's HTML5-Based Document Viewer Is Now Portable, Retroactively Upgrades 20M+ Embeds
Discussion: VentureBeat and MacStories
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Discussion: Seattle Times
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The day Apple landed in Gauna
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