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10:45 AM ET, March 17, 2011

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Dave Horne / 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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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Android 50% faster than iPhone 4 in loading Web pages, study says  —  Blaze Software tests also show Android loading 84% of Fortune 1000 Web sites faster  —  Computerworld - The latest Android smartphone loaded Web pages 52% faster than iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3, according to thousands …
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!
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 …
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?
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Platform Developers Say Facebook Asks them to Switch from AdSense to an Approved Ad Networks  —  Some application developers who use Google's Adsense advertising network are now saying that Facebook has begun contacting them, asking them to stop using it because Google has not signed its Platform Terms for Advertising Providers.
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.)
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: GigaOM and mocoNews, Thanks:mspoonauer
Alex Howard / Gov 2.0:
Pew: More than half of US adults went online to get election news in 2010  —  The Pew Internet and Life Project released new research today on the Internet and Campaign 2010 that 73% of adult internet users went online to get news, information or otherwise be involved in last year's elections.
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 …
Meghan Peters / Mashable!:
Japan's Prime Minister Launches English-Language Twitter Account for Quake Updates  —  The Japanese Prime Minister's Office started an English-language Twitter account Wednesday, providing updates on the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake situation.  —  The account, @JPN_PMO …
Discussion: Asiajin, Penn Olson and Geek.com
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:
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Firefox 4 Gets March 22 Public Release Date  —  Mozilla has set a release date for the next iteration of its popular open-source browser, shipping the final release builds of Firefox 4 on March 22 should no critical vulnerabilities or bugs in the software arise during their final tests.
 
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
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