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7:35 AM ET, March 17, 2011

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Ryan Gavin / The Windows Blog:
2.3 Million Downloads of IE9 in the first 24 hours  —  Internet Explorer 9 has now been downloaded 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours since its Monday night release.  That is over 27 downloads every second, or over 240 downloads every 9 seconds.  Wow.
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Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Internet Explorer 9 downloaded 2.3 million times in first day; Firefox 3 managed 8 million!  —  Internet Explorer 9, in its first 24 hours of availability, has racked up a grand total of 2.3 million downloads.  An impressive number, until you compare it to the latest major releases from Mozilla …
Discussion: MobileWhack, Neowin.net and GeekWire, Thanks:downloadsquad
androidnews.de:
Amazon Appstore: Apps and Prices Leak [EXCLUSIVE] [UPDATE]  —  Today we accidentally tripped over some information regarding available apps and prices in Amazon's Appstore.  The store itself is still not working yet, but now we have some first impressions of which apps Amazon is going to feature …
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Rumor: Asus To Launch $200 Chrome Netbook  —  The netbook market has more or less dried up; the little things might still be useful for light computing, but they've been clobbered by tablets as the go-to device for quick email and web browsing.  Could it be that they're just not cheap enough?
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Is More Ethical Than Google, Apple, Or Facebook  —  Google's motto may be “do no evil,” but that hasn't fooled an organization that rates the most ethical companies in the world.  —  This year, the Ethisphere Institute named Microsoft to its list of its 110 most ethical companies in the world …
Kenneth Kwan / Gmail Blog:
New connection bar in Gmail for iPhone  —  Using Gmail in Safari on your iPhone gives you access to fast search, conversation view, stars, labels, and more.  But it's sometimes frustrating not knowing whether your email has been sent or whether your phone has a functioning internet connection at all.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
iPod touch showing freaky graphical glitches after iOS 4.3 update? (video)  —  Another issue appears to be plaguing those who've upgraded to iOS 4.3, though thankfully this one won't make them late for work.  We're seeing dozens of reports online of iPod touch users, particularly …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Rustock Botnet Flatlined, Spam Volumes Plummet  —  The global volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide took a massive nosedive today following what appears to be a coordinated takedown of the Rustock botnet, one of the world's most active spam-generating machines.
New York Post:
iPad cads scalping buyers  —  If only there were an app to nail black-market extortionists.  A cutthroat Asian group has set its crosshairs on the flagship Apple store on Fifth Avenue at 59th — scoring nearly every iPad 2 it can get its hands since the hot gizmo went on sale last week …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Little Speakers, Big Bet: Andreessen Horowitz Invests $49 Million in Headset-Maker Jawbone  —  Little speakers, big bet: VC shop Andreessen Horowitz is putting $49 million into Jawbone, the company best known for its slim mobile headsets.  —  There aren't any other investors joining Andreessen Horowitz in the round.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google offers help for U.S. nonprofits  —  U.S.-based nonprofit organizations can get discounts on advertising and Google Apps subscriptions as part of a new Google for Nonprofits program launched today.  —  Nonprofits will be able to take advantage of the exclusive offers through a one-stop application process.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Why I switched back to an AT&T iPhone  —  Look, I have been dreaming about a Verizon iPhone since the original announcement was made in 2007.  I've always admired Verizon's insanely solid and reliable wireless network, even before it was Verizon (someone tell James Earl Jones I said what's up).
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple rethinks inventory management for iPad 2  —  Apple has changed its inventory management policy for iPad 2 deliveries, having its retail stores hold on to new shipments until the next day in an effort to ease the sales process for both customers and employees, AppleInsider has learned.
Brad Reed / PC World:
RIM Urges BlackBerry Users to Turn off JavaScript  —  Research in Motion is recommending that IT departments and users disable JavaScript on their BlackBerry devices, citing a vulnerability unearthed at this year's Pwn2Own hacker challenge.  —  According to RIM, the vulnerability could allow …
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews:
Just-Eat raises $48 million for online food  —  London-based startup gets funded by Greylock and Redpoint to expand online takeout order service  —  If you think about it, one of the few services left where you have to talk to someone on the phone is the food delivery service.  Maybe some of you like that.
Lizette Chapman / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Frankness, Facebook Go A Long Way For Accel Partners' Kevin Efrusy  —  (EDITOR'S NOTE: The following story originally appeared in the March edition of Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst, as part of a monthly feature profiling “rising stars” of the next generation of general partners.)
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Samsung's MacBook Air Challenger Ready to Ship  —  You can thank me in advance for not calling the ultra-slim Samsung Series 9 laptop a “MacBook Air killer,” which it certainly is not.  It is, however, a sleek featherweight of a portable PC, one that gives Apple's attractive Air a run for its money in the look-at-me competition.
Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Is This The Girl That Hacked HBGary?  —  Next time you see a flock of teenage girls in the mall, note that one of them might be Kayla.  As your average 16-year-old, she regularly hangs out with friends, works part time at a salon and hopes one day to be a teacher.
Discussion: TG Daily and The Atlantic Online
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
HTC Thunderbolt First Speed Tests: Freakin' Fast, Mixed Hotspot Mode Results  —  As the first 4G LTE phone for Verizon Wireless, there's a lot of pressure on the HTC Thunderbolt to deliver blazing speeds, especially since it costs $249.  We just got our hands on this powerful 4.3-inch Android phone …
Discussion: mocoNews, Thanks:mspoonauer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
San Francisco Controller Publishes Candid Report On How Badly They Need Twitter  —  San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos hates the idea of businesses not paying a 1.5% tax on payroll and employee stock option gains (see his brilliantly stupid quote here).  The fact that San Francisco …
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Joshua Sabatini / San Francisco Examiner:   Twitter says it will stay in San Francisco if given tax break
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sprint ‘Project Leapfrog’ rumors claim LTE network upgrade is underway  —  If we had a dime for every time Sprint CEO Dan Hesse (or spectrum partner Clearwire) has talked about a possible migration to LTE, we'd have... well, at least several dimes.  A new rumor that's popped up from a couple sources today …
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
eHow Relaunches Amid Content Controversy, Revamps Site  —  Amid continued controversy over the quality of its content, eHow is expected to debut a major site redesign on Wednesday.  —  Bearing the new tagline “Trusted advice for the curious life,” eHow's vast content stores will now be divided …
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
One less reason to buy 3G iPad: WiFi-only model supposedly gets GPS when tethered to an iPhone  —  As you know, Apple has finally brought wireless tethering functionality with iOS 4.3.  Called Personal Hotspot, it allows you to share your iPhone's 3G cellular data connection with other devices over its WiFi connection.
 
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
HeyZap Goes After Social Discovery, Launches Check-in For Mobile Games
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Viral Videos Catch On That Only Hint at a Sponsor's Purpose
Discussion: Techland and ForeverGeek
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Plaform Developers Say Facebook Is Asking Them to Stop Using Google Adsense, Pick Approved Ad Networks
Discussion: Softpedia News
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Langevin introduces cybersecurity bill
Thanks:gnagesh
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Google first to patch Flash bug with Chrome update
Bryan Wolfe / App Advice:
Murdoch's iPad Gamble: The Daily's Pay Wall About To Go Up
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Fox affiliate in Texas shoots news story on iPad
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Player 4 and 5 to arrive in the US this spring
Yung-Hui Lim / GreyReview:
Quora engineers accused of vandalizing a clone's website
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Skype security weaknesses could endanger ‘vulnerable users’
Discussion: TechEye and Inquirer
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
TomTom puts its HD Traffic service data in a browser, lets everyone use it for free
Discussion: WebProNews
Nick Cooper / Docs Blog:
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