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February 28, 2013, 8:25 PM

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Groupon, Inc.:
Groupon Announces Leadership Change  —  Board Appoints Eric Lefkofsky and Ted Leonsis to the Office of the Chief Executive  —  CHICAGO—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), the global leader in local commerce, today announced a leadership change in which Executive Chairman Eric Lefkofsky …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Andrew Mason is out as CEO of Groupon, here's his sendoff letter  —  Today it was announced that Groupon will move to replace Andrew Mason as its CEO.  The decision comes the day following the reporting of its painful fourth quarter financial performance, that included a surprise loss, and lukewarm revenues.
Brian Boland / Facebook Newsroom:
Facebook to Acquire Atlas from Microsoft  —  We're pleased to announce that we have agreed to acquire the Atlas Advertiser Suite from Microsoft.  Atlas is a leader in campaign management and measurement for marketers and agencies.  We believe this acquisition will benefit both marketers and users, and we'd like to explain why.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Confirms It Will Acquire Atlas Advertiser Suite From Microsoft To Close The Ad Spend Loop  —  After weeks of speculation and leaks, Facebook today announced it will buy the Atlas Advertiser Suite away from Microsoft.  The Seattle-based Atlas team will stay put …
More: Forbes
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Exclusive: EU regulators likely to fine Microsoft by end-March - sources  —  (Reuters) - EU competition regulators plan to fine Microsoft before the end of March in a case tied to the U.S. software giant's antitrust battle in Europe more than a decade ago, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Required Executives to Hold Triple Their Salary in Stock  —  Apple Inc. earlier this month reversed its stance on a corporate-governance measure related to executive compensation, implementing a new rule that executives must hold triple their base salary in company stock.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
UK judge who issued extreme ruling for Samsung against Apple hired by... Samsung!  —  By far and away the weirdest ruling in the worldwide smartphone and tablet wars came down last year in the UK, where a publicity order forcing Apple to promote Samsung's products and to make itself ridiculous …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Koozoo turns every old iPhone into a 24/7 spycam  —  Rick's American Cafe is the most popular bar where I went to school in Ann Arbor, MI.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, rain or shine, the line to get into Rick's wraps around the block.  One entrepreneurial student with a great view …
Brian Womack / Businessweek:
Facebook Ads Based on Browsing Challenge Google  —  Facebook Ads Based on Browsing Challenge Google  —  Facebook Inc. (FB), under pressure to expand sales from its 1.1 billion users, is pushing into a business that lets marketers buy advertisements in real time on the basis of a member's Web-browsing habits.
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Bloomberg:
Google Helped Honor FTC Chairman During Agency Inquiry  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) contributed $25,000 to honor the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission while under investigation by the agency for antitrust violations, Senate records show.  —  The company donated the money to Common Sense Media Inc. …
More: The Next WebThanks:@lutherlowe
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Measuring the iBook market  —  In June of 2011 Apple announced that 130 million ebooks were sold through iTunes.  In October of 2012 it announced that 400 million sold.  —  That means 270 million ebooks were sold in 16 months.  Or about 17 million units per month, on average.
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Alex Fitzpatrick / Mashable!:
ISPs Finally Explain How ‘Six Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Program Will Work  —  Internet Service Providers are finally revealing how they will implement a new anti-piracy system known as “Six Strikes” which has been rolling out this week.  —  The program, officially called the Copyright Alert System …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Salesforce delivers strong Q4, outlook solid  —  Summary: CEO Marc Benioff touted the company's $3 billion in annual revenue and growth rates.  —  Salesforce.com reported better-than-expected fourth quarter results and delivered a solid outlook for the first quarter and year ahead.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
UpTo wants to be the social glue of tomorrow, adds $1.5M, and opens its event stream platform  —  Last year UpTo launched as a way of sharing upcoming events with friends, family, and colleagues: the social network of tomorrow.  Now, 500,000 shared events and 2000 organizational event streams later …
Anke Corbin / MapQuest Blog:
MapQuest Continues Its Evolution by Introducing Free Travel Blogs  —  We're excited to share today's launch of MapQuest Travel Blogs on the web - http://TravelBlogs.MapQuest.com - and iOS devices - iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad download at: http://appstore.com/mapquesttravelblogs .
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Time Warner Cable says there's no consumer demand for gigabit internet  —  Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference moments ago, Time Warner Cable's Chief Financial Officer Irene Esteves seemed dismissive of the impact Google Fiber is having on consumers.

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Microsoft:
Project aims to help parents protect - and connect with - their kids  —  One hackathon team from Microsoft's //oneweek focuses on family safety and aims to give parents an easy way to understand their children's lives online.
Freshdesk:
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VMware:
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Zoho:
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Pure Storage:
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