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2:00 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
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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Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
IE9 Release Globally Available for Consumers and Businesses  —  The final, consumer-ready Internet Explorer 9 is available for download starting at 9:00 PM PDT at www.BeautyOfTheWeb.com in 39 languages.  With this set of browser releases, the best experience of the Web is on Windows.
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.
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 and GigaOM
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.
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
An Open Letter to Jon Bon Jovi On What's Really “Killing The Music Business”  —  When my wife—a huge and long-time Bon Jovi fan—asked me to spend over $300 for two floor seat tickets to your Valentine's Day show in Toronto, there were two reasons that I said yes.
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.
Discussion: TechEye
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Publisher Limits Shelf Life for Library E-Books  —  Imagine the perfect library book.  Its pages don't tear.  Its spine is unbreakable.  It can be checked out from home.  And it can never get lost.  —  The value of this magically convenient library book — otherwise known as an e-book …
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 and msnbc.com, Thanks:jeremyfranklin
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: AppleInsider, The Next Web and MacNN
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” …
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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Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Chip prices jump as Japan disaster hits tech supplies
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 …
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and MacNN
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Stop Releasing New Zune Models as Demand Ebbs  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will cease introducing new versions of the Zune music and video-player amid tepid demand, helping the company shift its focus to mobile phones, according to a person familiar with the decision.
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.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
 
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 More Items: 
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Postpones iPad 2 Launch in Japan
Discussion: Reuters, AppleInsider and MacStories
Kent Walker / European Public Policy Blog:
Keeping counterfeits out of ads
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter: 140 million tweets per day and counting
Discussion: PC World, Digital Trends and Adotas
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?
 Earlier Items: 
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
The Sidekick is Dead. Long Live the Sidekick. T-Mobile Aims to Reinvent the Original Smartphone
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DRAMA IN TWITTERLAND: Featuring Kleiner Perkins, John Doerr And A Dentist
Discussion: Sramana Mitra
Wall Street Journal:
Rush to Fix Quake-Damaged Undersea Cables
Discussion: Softpedia News and Computerworld
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's 15 Biggest Acquisitions And What Happened To Them
Tim Chaten / App Advice:
iPad 2 Beats Out MacBook Pros In iMovie Speed Tests!