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1:20 PM ET, March 15, 2010

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple iPad orders drop sharply  —  A rough three-day estimate, based on an analysis of order numbers: 152,000 units  —  After the initial burst of excitement on Friday that saw iPad pre-orders coming in at the rate of 25,000 per hour, there was a dramatic fall-off over the weekend.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Web guru Tim Bray takes Google Android job  —  Tim Bray—co-inventor of XML, notable tech blogger, and until recently a Sun Microsystems employee—has joined Google's Android team in part to show the world what he thinks is wrong with Apple's iPhone.  —  The move puts a personal face on the cultural …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
A very personal Google Android vs. Apple iPhone war just got some more personality  —  Tim Bray, who co-invented XML and is a well-known blogger, has joined Google's Android team and wasted no time taking on Apple's iPhone.  —  In a blog post (Techmeme), Bray, also a former Sun Microsystems employee …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ning CEO Gina Bianchini to Step Down-Becomes an EIR at Andreessen Horowitz  —  Gina Bianchini, the high-profile CEO of social networking platform Ning, is stepping down and will become an Executive in Residence at the Andreessen Horowitz venture firm.  —  Bianchini (pictured here) …
DigiTimes:
HTC shipping CDMA-version Nexus One to Verizon, says paper  —  HTC (High Tech Computer) has started shipping CDMA-version of the Nexus One Google phones to Verizon Wireless, which will begin to market the smartphones this month or in April at the earliest, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Product Manager RJ Pittman Defects To Apple  —  The battle between Google and Apple continues.  RJ Pittman, a prominent product manager at Google, has left the company to join Apple.  We've been tipped off to a tweet he sent out two days ago that said “My last day at Google.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Pew: readers prefer ad-supported news to pay walls  —  Advertising remains the primary means of support for online news outlets, and there's a long uphill battle facing anyone trying to forge new business models, at least according to a report produced by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
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Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
PEW: 82% Of Users Will Abandon Their Favorite News Site If They Put Up A Paywall
Discussion: Guardian, Joho the Blog and BuzzMachine
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Apps, iPhone Bigger Than Facebook Platform  —  When it comes to apps, the iPhone platform is now bigger than the Facebook platform, according to a report by Flurry, a San Francisco-based mobile analytics company.  Flurry said today that Apple's iTunes App Store has over 140,000 applications compared …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
MOG launches mobile apps with unlimited downloads to your phone  —  Music streaming service MOG unveiled its mobile strategy today, laying out Android and iPhone apps that will let users get unlimited song downloads to their phones for $10 a month.  —  Subscribers will be able to get on-demand streams …
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Microsoft announces Windows Phone 7 Series dev partners: Sling, Pandora, Foursquare and more  —  Microsoft just dropped its first press release of MIX 10 on us, and in addition to detailing the Sliverlight and XNA-based Windows Phone 7 Series development situation, we've also got a list …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Expected To Take The Wraps Off Its Advertising Platform Today  —  Later today, Twitter CEO Evan Williams will be interviewed by Umair Haque of the Havas Media Lab at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas.  We'll of course be covering any announcements that will be made by Williams on stage …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
For NPR, The iPad Means a New App - And a New Web Site  —  Like many other media companies, NPR is scrambling to prepare an app in time for the iPad's April 3 launch.  —  But the standoff between Apple (AAPL) and Adobe has prompted the company to take on another engineering project at the same time …
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
China Issues Warning to Google's Partners  —  BEIJING — The Chinese authorities have warned major partners of Google's China-based search engine that they must comply with censorship laws even if Google does not, an industry expert with knowledge of the notice said Sunday.
Michael Calore / Underwire:
Gowalla Tops Foursquare at SXSW Web Awards (But Benson Smokes 'em All)  —  AUSTIN, Texas - Providing further proof that location-sharing services are currently all the rage, Gowalla picked up the award for best site in the Mobile category Sunday at the 13th annual SXSW Web Awards.
Seth Weintraub's blog:
Apple hires ‘Senior Prototype Engineer’ for work on wearable computers  —  Richard DeVaul's Linkedin status changed last month from Founder & President at AWare Technologies to Senior Prototype Engineer at Apple computer.  This is a significant hire for Apple and one that shows the company …
Discussion: MacRumors and Gizmodo
Ben Horowitz / TechCrunch:
Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell, And Andy Grove  —  Editor's note: When venture capitalists invest in early stage startups, more than anything else they are investing in the founders of the company and their ability to lead their employees through …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google May Start Pre-Testing New Buzz Features With Users  —  This afternoon at SXSW, a panel of Gmail and Google Buzz team members took part in a panel where they discussed what goes on behind the scenes at Gmail.  The panel covered a smattering of topics, covering everything from Gmail stickers …
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
AT&T's Latest Dumbphones Come With New Smartphone Services  —  You don't need a smartphone to get smartphone-like services, claims AT&T. They of course have a few new handsets backing up that boast, but what's most interesting is the free online syncing for both contacts and media.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Groupon Directors Establish $100 Million Fund To Invest In The Midwest  —  Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell, two of Chicago's best-known tech entrepreneurs, plan to invest as much as $10 million annually in early-stage technology companies through a new fund dubbed Lightbank.
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
FCC unveiling sweeping national broadband plan  —  WASHINGTON — Communications regulators are unveiling a sweeping proposal to overhaul U.S. broadband policy.  Their aim: to bring affordable, high-speed Internet connections to all Americans and make access much faster for people who already have broadband.
Discussion: Reuters
Don Faul / Facebook Blog:
New Offices to Support You Around the World  —  As more and more people share and connect on Facebook, we are growing our operations and teams to support them around the world.  Just last week, we announced plans to invest in a new Austin, Texas, office, and today in India we unveiled our intentions to open an office in Hyderabad.
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
25 years of .com domain names  —  On March 15, 1985, a Massachusetts computer systems firm registered the first .com Internet domain name.  —  Although Symbolics.com didn't spark an instant gold rush, the event planted the first seed of a transformation that has changed the world …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Report: 98.9% Of Downloads On The Android Market Are Free  —  Mobile gaming and an abundance of free apps have helped the Android Market surpass 250 million downloads according to a report from market research and consulting firm FADE.  —  FADE claim that an estimated eight million Android …
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fandango Begins Rolling Out Mobile Tickets That Let Moviegoers Go Paperless
Discussion: IntoMobile
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
LoKast launches a 'disposable social network" for sharing media from your iPhone
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Microsoft exec says Apple's HTC suit ‘is not necessarily a bad thing’
Discussion: Seattle Times and SlashGear
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple practices ‘legal alchemy’ to mask IP theft, claims Nokia
Discussion: Digital Daily
Sumner Lemon / Computerworld:
Iran hacks opposition Web sites, arrests cyber activists
Discussion: Fars News Agency and irna.ir
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
RateItAll helps businesses build their own Foursquare
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
One Kindle per child? Non-profit takes Amazon e-reader global
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Volunteers Duplicate Federal Videos for an Online Archive
Discussion: ResourceShelf, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Rob Pegoraro / Faster Forward:
The MPAA says the movie business is great. Unless it's lousy.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google, Yahoo & Portals Are Top Online News Sources: Study
Discussion: HyperlocalBlogger, Thanks:mattmcgee
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
E-Readers Will Survive the Onslaught of Tablets
Discussion: Kindle Review
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Accused of Unfairness, Banned by Trackers
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scamville Marches Onto The iPhone, Sneaks Back Into Facebook
Discussion: TiPb and Mobile Entertainment
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Forbidden Fruit: Microsoft Workers Hide Their iPhones