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1:20 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?  —  Web apps launched from the home screen of the iPhone/iPod touch or iPad run at significantly slower speeds than when started using mobile Safari.  In addition, the iOS is hampering the performance of these apps in other ways too, according to an exclusive report by the UK's The Register.
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
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.
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Adds Do-Not-Track Tool to Browser
Discussion: Fortune and AdExchanger.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
First LTE phone, HTC Thunderbolt, coming to Verizon on Thursday
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.
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
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
Jessica Dolcourt / The Download Blog:
Skype introduces Qik Video Connect for iPhone  —  One-time Skype competitor Qik has released its latest app for video communications: Qik Video Connect for iPhone.  The new program expands on Qik's work with video calling and broadcast.  —  The app offers two-way video calls, and lets you record video mail.
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: msnbc.com, Thanks:jeremyfranklin
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Relaunches Street View Website  —  Google is revealing more about its sometimes controversial Street View product with an expanded web site that just launched today.  —  The new site continues to show where Street View vehicles are currently active and educates people on how to use Street View's features.
Kent Walker / European Public Policy Blog:
Keeping counterfeits out of ads  —  Thanks to the Internet, it's never been easier to start a business and reach a huge audience, at an incredible scale.  Unfortunately, some people misuse legitimate online services to try to market counterfeit goods.  Of course, this isn't a problem unique …
Discussion: Inquirer and WebProNews
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's 15 Biggest Acquisitions And What Happened To Them  —  Google has a reputation as an innovative company, but in fact it owes a lot of its success to acquisitions.  —  Google basically bought AdSense, the paid search platform that made it a financial powerhouse, from Applied Semantics in 2003.
Macworld:
Tablet camera tests: iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab  —  Odds are, if you ask anyone waiting in line for an iPad 2, they'll list plenty of reasons why they're lusting after Apple's latest camera-equipped tablet.  —  According to our lab tests, image quality isn't going to be one of them.
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
Chipworks:
Apple A5 - Samsung, not TSMC  —  In the last 24 hrs our lab guys have torn down the iPad 2 and come to the conclusion that the main innovation is the A5 chip.  Flash memory is flash memory, the DRAM in the A5 package is 512 MB instead of 256 MB, and the touchscreen control uses the same trio …
 
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Facebook's Discover New Games Module Shows Users What Their Friends Play
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Former Myspacers Build Link Curator ‘Tagging Robot’
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Firefox Maker: ‘Do Not Track’ Likely to Be Regulated
Discussion: Electronista
Tim Chaten / App Advice:
iPad 2 Beats Out MacBook Pros In iMovie Speed Tests!
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Kyocera Echo hits Sprint on April 17th for $200