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March 13, 2012, 6:50 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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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.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses  —  After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print.  —  Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered sets of reference books that were once sold door to door by a fleet of traveling salesmen and displayed …
Peter Pachal / Mashable!:
Google Confirms It's Working on Chrome for Windows 8  —  Google says it's working on a version of Chrome that will run in the Metro environment of Windows 8.  The news follows the revelation that Mozilla is building Firefox for Metro as well.  —  A Google spokesperson told Mashable …
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 …
James Whittaker / MSDN Blogs:
Why I left Google  —  Ok, I relent.  Everyone wants to know why I left and answering individually isn't scaling so here it is, laid out in its long form.  Read a little (I get to the punch line in the 3rd paragraph) or read it all.  But a warning in advance: there is no drama here …
Andrew Hampp / Billboard.Biz:
Exclusive: Turntable.FM Signs Licensing Deals With All Four Major Labels — It's Official  —  Turntable.fm is going legit, with licensing agreements with all four of the major labels now in place.  The announcement was made today at South By Southwest by Turntable.fm founder Billy Chasen …
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 …
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!
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …

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