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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?
Jeremy Doig / YouTube Blog:
Steady, as she goes: better video processing with Green Parrot Pictures  —  At YouTube, we see 35 hours of video uploaded to the site every minute from people all over the world.  Some videos are beautifully shot by professionals or aspiring filmmakers using the very latest in HD cameras and equipment.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Acquires Green Parrot Pictures  —  Google has acquired Green Parrot Pictures, an Irish company that makes tools to manipulate digital video and images.  —  The acquisition is apparently being driven by YouTube, which could use Green Parrot's tools to help users make their videos better.
Discussion: Reuters and WebProNews
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Making Twitter more secure: HTTPS  —  Today, we're taking an important step to make it easier to manage the security of your Twitter experience - we are adding a user setting that lets you always use HTTPS when accessing Twitter.com.  Using HTTPS for your favorite Internet services …
Google Mobile Blog:
Google Search app for iPhone—a new name and a new look  —  If you need to do a Google search on your iPhone or iPod touch it's now faster and easier when you use our redesigned Google Search app, formerly Google Mobile App.  If you've been using Google Mobile App for a while, you'll notice that things look different.
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.
Mike Loukides / O'Reilly Radar:
What has Twitter become?  —  At O'Reilly, we've long believed that one criterion for long-term success is creating more value than you capture.  When you do so, you create the possibility for an ecosystem that's larger than you are.  You create a healthy environment in which you, your partners, and even your competitors can thrive.
Discussion: @cdixon and @cdixon
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Begins Its Assault On Cable Industry, May Spend $100 Million On Exclusive Original Series  —  One way for Netflix to become more of a “must have” service and not just a “nice to have” could be to distribute must-watch original content.  —  So a few years after shutting …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Postpones iPad 2 Launch in Japan  —  With Japan facing a mounting crisis in the wake of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami, Apple has decided to postpone the launch of the iPad 2 in the country.  —  “We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country …
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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 …
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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.
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.
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.
Mark Schaaf / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
New beta AdMob Windows Phone 7 SDK expands cross-platform monetization options for developers  —  One of the three core principles of our mobile ads business is ‘inclusiveness’; advertisers and developers should have access to the tools they need to reach users across many mobile platforms.
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.
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 …
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.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Living Social Wants To Raise Another HUGE Round  —  LivingSocial is talking to investors to raise between $400 million and $500 million in additional funding, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.  —  The company got a $175 million investment from Amazon in December …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Adobe Prepares For A Possible Future Without Flash  —  Give Adobe credit: While it's still trying to make a version of its Flash software that is acceptable for tablets and smartphones, it's also preparing for a digital publishing future that may not revolve around Flash.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Etsy reacts to user outrage, makes changes to feedback system  —  Etsy has decided to stop linking to purchased items in a user's feedback in response to the chorus of privacy concerns coming from its user base.  In a blog post published Tuesday, Etsy CEO Rob Kalin and COO Adam Freed …
Discussion: MediaPost, Etsy Blog articles and SAI
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 …
Jeff Simmermon / Time Warner Cable Untangled:
Make Any Room the TV Room: The Time Warner Cable iPad App Is Now Available for Download  —  We're thrilled to announce that our long-awaited iPad™ app is finally here.  It's available for free download in the iTunes app store SM starting today, March 15th.
Elizabeth Kim / San Jose Business Journal:
Nvidia CFO David White departing  —  Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal  —  Nvidia Corp. said Tuesday that Chief Financial Officer David White has resigned for personal reasons.  —  Santa Clara-based Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) named Karen Burns interim CFO.  She is currently corporate controller and vice president of tax.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Keeps Right On Approving Amazon And Netflix Updates Without In-App Purchases  —  Remember when everyone was freaking out over the Apple in-app subscription changes?  You should.  It was just a month ago.  And while some of the fears that arose do appear to be very real …
Discussion: MacRumors Page 2 and Electronista
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, GigaOM and MacDailyNews
 
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Don Clark / Digits:
Intel, Facebook Talk Up New “Micro” Servers
Ben Yoskovitz / Next Montreal:
Zappos Stops Shipping to Canada
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Teams Up With Snaptu To Launch Smartphone-Like App For Feature Phones
Discussion: The LinkedIn Blog and WebProNews
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Obama admin calls for more ICANN accountability
Discussion: Techdirt
Joshua Sabatini / San Francisco Examiner:
Tax break incentive to keep Twitter in San Francisco up for key vote
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia collects design patent for a tablet, evokes N8 aesthetics (update: there's another one!)
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Former FCC Boss Michael Powell Now Top Cable Lobbyist - If The Revolving Door Spins Any Faster We'll Get Whiplash
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Fix in the works for Apple TV screen flickering issue
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Facebook Is Not Happy With The Poking Inventor Action Figure
Matthew Rothenberg / updates @ m.blog:
On Leaving Flickr  —  So uh, yeah... I know these sorts …
Discussion: VentureBeat