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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
Thanks:khaled
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
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.
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!
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?
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:
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: The Next Web 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.
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: BGR, Neowin.net and TUAW
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.
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Zong Extends Mobile Payments to Game Consoles and More  —  Zong, one of the many startups trying to address carrier billing as a viable payment option for digital goods, is expanding its platform to other technologies, including game consoles and tablets.  —  So far, Zong's payments …
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
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: VentureBeat, GigaOM, Engadget and mocoNews, Thanks:mspoonauer
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 …
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.)
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.
 
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Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel, Qualcomm Say Earthquake in Japan Won't Slow Chip Output
Discussion: eWeek and Fudzilla
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews:
Just-Eat raises $48 million for online food
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
HeyZap Goes After Social Discovery, Launches Check-in For Mobile Games
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eHow Relaunches Amid Content Controversy, Revamps Site
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
New York Post:
iPad cads scalping buyers
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Why I switched back to an AT&T iPhone
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
 

 
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