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March 13, 2012, 5:45 PM

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Andy Baio / Wired:
A Patent Lie: How Yahoo Weaponized My Work  —  While most of the tech world was partying at South by Southwest in Austin yesterday, Yahoo announced it was filing a lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly infringing on 10 patents from their 1,000+ patent warehouse.  —  I'm no fan of Facebook, but this is a deplorable move.
Mark Cuban / blog maverick:
I Hope Yahoo Crushes Facebook in its Patent Suit  —  Anyone who reads this blog knows how much I hate patent laws.  I think 99pct of the time they are anti-competitive, corruptive, impede creativity and innovation and can kill small businesses.  I think the ratio of patent law doing …
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
FTC Subpoenas Apple in Google Antitrust Probe  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has subpoenaed Apple as part of its antitrust inquiry into Google's business practices, according to Bloomberg News.  Sources familiar with the matter tell Bloomberg that the agency is particularly interested …
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Be Subpoenaed by U.S. Regulators on Google's Mobile Search  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission subpoenaed Apple Inc. (AAPL) as part of its antitrust probe of Google Inc. (GOOG), seeking information on how the computer maker uses the search engine on the iPhone and iPad, two people familiar with the matter said.
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung to Supply Apple With IPad Screen After LG, Sharp Miss Requirements  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) will supply the touch screen for Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s new iPad after LG Display Co. (034220) and Sharp Corp. (6753) didn't meet the U.S. company's quality requirements, according to an analyst with iSuppli.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
The new iPad: Available Friday March 16th at 8am  —  A friend in retail just sent us some artwork from upcoming Apple Store frontage which confirms Store will open early - 8am -to sell the third generation iPad.  Earlier, we'd heard that the Houston store would be opening at 8am on the 16th which stongly hinted at such an opening.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Rdio Blog:
Introducing: New Rdio  —  Welcome to new Rdio.  We built it for you — it's faster, simpler, and more social.  —  New Rdio is a visually beautiful and dynamic way to play Rdio's massive catalogue of 15 million songs.  New features include the oft requested drag and drop playlist creation …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Camera+ Sees Major Update: Dozens Of Features, New API, Integration With WordPress, Foodspotting & More  —  Following increasing competition, most recently from SmugMug's nifty Camera Awesome app, everyone's favorite iPhone camera replacement app Camera+ is rolling out a major update today.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Google I/O registration opens 7am PDT March 27th, last year it took less than an hour to sell out  —  Google opens its registration for its annual I/O conference on March 27th this year.  Remember, last year tickets sold out in under an hour so set your alarms!
Bloomberg:
Zynga Said to Plan Secondary Offering  —  Zynga Inc. (ZNGA), the social-gaming company that held its initial public offering in December, is planning an offering of additional shares, two people familiar with the matter said.  —  The move is designed to let Zynga (ZNGA) …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Nice Try: Motorola Demanded a License to Every One of Apple's Patents  —  Motorola Mobility's request that Apple pay it patent royalties of 2.25 percent on sales of some iPhones and iPads in return for a license to its standards-essential patents, while aggressive, was not the most onerous demand …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Exclusive: Spotify family plans ‘definitely coming’  —  We just caught up with Spotify's chief content officer Ken Parks outside of his “Future of Music” panel here at SXSW, and he told us that Spotify family plans are “definitely coming.”  That would fulfill a longstanding request …
More: VentureBeat and GigaOM
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Will 4G LTE devices ever roam internationally?  —  The widespread acceptance of 4G LTE was supposed to unite wireless operators around the globe.  But the worldwide spectrum crunch is making international roaming a tough problem to solve.  —  It's true that today iPad owners …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Nokia Maps now offers voice directions via the web for iOS and Android  —  The mobile site for Nokia Maps now supports voice directions on the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices — but for now, it only works with walking mode.  Using the new feature is pretty simple: you go to m.maps.nokia.com …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Apple to spend $11bn on Samsung parts in 2012 claims exec  —  Apple may be attempting to reduce its reliance on Samsung components, but its bill from the Korean firm is likely to be the largest to-date according to one exec: up from $7.8bn in 2011 to as much as $11bn by the end of 2012.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to provide Azure users with 33 percent credit for February outage  —  Summary: Microsoft officials have posted a detailed analysis of what led to a widespread leap-year-day outage of its Azure public cloud service.  —  Microsoft is issuing many of its Windows Azure users with a 33 percent credit …
Carl Franzen / TPM Idea Lab:
McGraw Hill Thinks New iPad Will Be Ticket To E-Textbook Revolution  —  McGraw Hill Education, one of Apple's leading partners in its e-textbook initiative announced in January, thinks that the new iPad unveiled on March 7 will lead to a revolution in education materials, but perhaps not for the obvious reasons.
Antoine Leblond / MSDN Blogs:
Licensing apps … The Store's app licensing model centers on the idea of providing customers with access to all of their apps on all of their Windows 8 devices.  It gives customers control over their apps and keeps them connected to those apps across the multiple PCs that they'll use over time.
More: Neowin.net

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