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1:10 PM ET, March 17, 2011

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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The Times Announces Digital Subscription Plan  —  The New York Times rolled out a plan on Thursday to begin charging the most frequent users of its Web site $15 a month in a bet that readers would pay for news they have grown accustomed to getting free.  —  Beginning March 28 …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Gets Its First Big Publisher: New York Times Subscriptions Will Be Sold Through iTunes  —  The New York Times has finally unveiled its paywall plans, a year-plus in the making.  —  And with the Times' announcement, Steve Jobs gets his first big publisher to announce it is signing …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of The New York Times' pay fence  —  t's official — and the world still turns.  After 14 months of planning, The New York Times is finally launching its pay system, starting in the U.S. March 28.  It's been a gestation period longer than a manatee's, due to customer-service identification …
Guypo / Blaze.io:
iPhone vs. Android - 45,000 Tests Prove Whose Browser is Faster  —  Android 52% faster, speeds past iPhone on 84% of sites* … Browser performance is a big deal.  Browser speed was a major bullet point - if not the top point - in practically every browser release this last year.
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Study comparing Android to iPhone Web browsing speed flawed  —  A Canadian software company, Blaze Software, released a report today of what it calls the “largest ever research study of smart phone browser performance.”  The problem is, the study is flawed.
Discussion: Techland, Thanks:khaled
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Offers Support to Apple Employees Affected by Earthquake  —  Photo of Apple Store in Sendai, Japan by naok  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs is reported to have sent a message to Apple staff regarding the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  The contents of the email were posted to Chihouban.com …
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Groupon Is Said to Discuss IPO Valuation of Up to $25 Billion  —  Groupon Inc. has held talks with banks about an initial public offering that would value the online-coupon company at as much as $25 billion, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Airs 'If You Don't Have an iPhone' TV Ads  —  Apple has posted three new iPhone ads to their website and YouTube channel.  The new ads start off with the phrase “If you don't have an iPhone” and demonstrate some specific features found on the iPhone.  The three ads include:
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.
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?
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!
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 …
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Paramount Pictures Partner With BitTorrent Release Movie  —  Distracted Media's Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey first hit the BitTorrent conciousness in mid 2010 when trying to raise funding for their latest project by selling frames of their upcoming horror movie.
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 …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Supply Chain Temporarily Affected By Japan Earthquake, But “Demand Stronger Than Ever”  —  Apple's supply chain is likely temporarily going to be affected by the Japan earthquake and tsunami, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster writes today, but demand for Apple products is stronger than ever …
Discussion: BGR, AppleInsider and Electronista
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.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Sony To Subpoena Two Years Of PS3 Hacker's PayPal Records  —  Query: If I donated $10 to Geohot's legal defense fund, does that make me liable for his actions, and do I have no right to keeping that donation private?  It was, after all (if I made it), a perfectly legal transaction between two private citizens.
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.)
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 …
Discussion: Neowin.net, BGR and TUAW
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The day Apple landed in Gauna  —  Why did one of the world's fastest growing tech companies fall twice as fast as the market?  —  Boy.  You leave town for one day and — if you'll forgive an expression Elmore Leonard warns writers never to use — all hell breaks loose.
Discussion: MediaMemo, SAI and Bloomberg, Thanks:philiped
Christian Belady / TechNet Blogs:
How Big is the Datacenter Construction Business?  —  As the demand for cloud services continues to grow, there are many companies in the datacenter industry (particularly start-ups) that have met with me to discuss their businesses.  Their proposals usually included huge expectations …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Can a Spot on Apple's Top App List Be Bought?  Welcome to Cross-Selling!  —  Can a spot on Apple's top iPhone app list be bought?  Is there a price per head that mobile apps must pay to get users?  —  The answer seems to be an unequivocal yes, especially for free gaming apps.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Berners-Lee warns ISPs on net neutrality  —  Inventor of world wide web says plans for ‘two-speed’ internet go against its principles  —  The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has warned internet service providers (ISPs) that plans for a “two-speed” internet …
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.
 
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Zong Extends Mobile Payments to Game Consoles and More
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel, Qualcomm Say Earthquake in Japan Won't Slow Chip Output
Discussion: eWeek and Fudzilla
Alex Howard / Gov 2.0:
Pew: More than half of US adults went online to get election news in 2010
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Firefox 4 Gets March 22 Public Release Date
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews:
Just-Eat raises $48 million for online food
Discussion: Bloomberg and Local Onliner
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
HTC Thunderbolt First Speed Tests: Freakin' Fast, Mixed Hotspot Mode Results
Discussion: VentureBeat, GigaOM and Engadget, Thanks:mspoonauer
 Earlier Items: 
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
HeyZap Goes After Social Discovery, Launches Check-in For Mobile Games
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
One less reason to buy 3G iPad: WiFi-only model supposedly gets GPS when tethered to an iPhone
Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Is This The Girl That Hacked HBGary?
Discussion: Digital Trends and TG Daily