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February 17, 2013, 3:35 PM

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Rise Of Company Builders  —  Entrepreneur-turned-investor is a classic story arc in Silicon Valley but recently the plot has earned a twist.  Certain operators are foregoing the traditional path of joining a traditional VC to instead create a studio-like holding operation.
Thanks:@ipaullee
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Never Had A Big User Data Breach, But May Never Recover When It Does  —  It's not if, but when.  Between crooks, hackers and foreign governments, Facebook probably can't avoid a serious user data breach forever.  When it happens, Facebook may never be able to quiet fears that “personal data isn't safe there.”
Facebook Security / Facebook:
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Transcript: The keys to Andreessen Horowitz's success  —  Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz talk to Fortune's Adam Lashinsky about their investing philosophies, role models and business model.  —  FORTUNE — When partners at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz are late to a meeting …
Thanks:@waqasaday
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Apple's Podcast Disaster  —  Is the company that basically invented the podcast putting it out to pasture?  —  Apple's podcast app is, without a doubt, the worst iOS app it's ever made.  Others have been poorly received or largely ignored, but this is unprecedented: With nearly 6,000 ratings …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Why Mozilla Matters And Won't Switch To WebKit  —  Earlier this week, Opera announced that it would stop working on its own Presto layout engine and switch to WebKit.  It's obvious that the open source WebKit engine currently has a lot of momentum behind it, with Google, Apple and now Opera backing it.

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