March 1, 2013, 11:35 AM

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Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
FCC To Investigate Cell Phone Unlocking Ban  —  Following an online uproar over a law banning the unlocking of cell phones, the Federal Communications Commission will investigate whether the ban is harmful to economic competitiveness and if the executive branch has any authority to change the law.
Groupon, Inc.:
Board Appoints Eric Lefkofsky and Ted Leonsis to the Office of the Chief Executive Board Initiates Search for New CEO — Groupon, the global leader in local commerce, today announced a leadership change in which Executive Chairman Eric Lefkofsky and Vice Chairman Ted Leonsis have been appointed …
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.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google's CFO says Motorola's upcoming products aren't ‘wow’ by Google standards (update)  —  If you were hoping to see a revelatory smartphone from Motorola in the near future, you might want to tone down those expectations.  Google's Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President Patrick Pichette today …
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.
David Meyer / GigaOM:
BSkyB buys Telefónica UK's fixed-line business for $300M  —  British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB) will buy Telefónica's UK fixed-line broadband and telephony business for up to £200 million ($303 million), the companies announced early on Friday.
Gary Sims / Android Authority:
Ex-Apple marketing guru Guy Kawasaki now advising Motorola  —  Apple's former chief technology evangelist Guy Kawasaki has taken a job as an advisor to Motorola.  His remit at Motorola includes product design, user interface, marketing, and social media.  One of his first social media tasks …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Oracle investigating after two more Java 7 zero-day flaws found  —  Summary: Polish security researchers have discovered yet more zero-day vulnerabilities in Java, the beleaguered Web plug-in, that led to the successful intrusion of Facebook, Apple and Microsoft in recent weeks.  —  Zack Whittaker
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
US Web payment enabler Stripe finally comes to Europe, launches beta service in the UK  —  Stripe, the fast-growing Web payment enabler from the US, has finally launched its service in Europe, starting with the UK today.  —  Founder Patrick Collison announced the launch of a beta service …
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Hollywood targets “rogue” mobile apps in war on pirated content  —  (Reuters) - Hollywood studios, which for years have waged a war against online piracy, are now going after so-called “rogue” mobile apps that use images from movies and television shows without their permission.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Low Profile at Show Belies Its Clout  —  Android-Phone Makers Generate Buzz at Mobile World Congress; a Rare Apple Sighting  —  BARCELONA—Google Inc. kept a low profile during this year's biggest mobile-industry event here, but the Internet-search giant's long tentacles were visible all across the Mobile World Congress.
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David Hsieh / DisplaySearch Blog:
Smaller Tablet PCs to Take Over in 2013?  —  The launch of the iPad mini in late 2012 has been seen as an acknowledgement by Apple that smaller size (7-9") tablet PCs would become a larger part of the market than larger sizes (9.7" or 10.1").  Key aspects are more attractive prices and the ability …

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