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March 3, 2013, 10:25 PM

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Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: As User Interaction on Facebook Drops, Sharing Comes at a Cost  —  Updated  —  Something is puzzling on Facebook.  —  Early last year, soon after Facebook instituted a feature that let people subscribe to others' feeds without being friends, I quickly amassed a healthy “subscriber” list of about 25,000 people.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's News Feed, A Skittish Gift Horse  —  Remember Facebook Questions?  Checkins?  Spotify listens?  They had their time at the top of the news feed because Facebook favors new products, but their prominence diminished as they matured.  This and competition for space between posts …
Tweets: @joshd
Hunter Walk / Elapsed Time:
Other Reasons Nick Bilton Seeing FB Decline  —  NYTimes columnist Nick Bilton wrote today that he's seeing massive declines in organic Facebook engagement on his posts.  He cites last year receiving hundreds of likes per post but now having 1/10th that despite growing subscribers 20x.
Tweets: @zseward
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Open and Shut  —  Tim Wu, writing for The New Yorker “News Desk”, has done us all a grand favor by penning a sort of grand unified theory on how the “open beats closed” axiom can be true in the face of Apple's decade-long success: “Does a Company Like Apple Need a Genius Like Steve Jobs?”
Steve Mann / IEEE Spectrum:
My “Augmediated” Life  —  What I've learned from 35 years of wearing computerized eyewear  —  Back in 2004, I was awakened early one morning by a loud clatter.  I ran outside, only to discover that a car had smashed into the corner of my house.  As I went to speak with the driver …
More: Gizmodo and The RegisterTweets: @ak
Kristian Vatto / AnandTech:
Seagate to Discontinue 7200rpm 2.5" Drives Later This Year  —  Earlier today X-bit Labs reported that Seagate will stop the production of their 7200RPM 2.5" drives by the end of this year and I just got a confirmation from Seagate that this is really the case.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Marc Andreessen And Ben Horowitz ‘Decode’ Groupon CEO Andrew Mason's Farewell Memo — On Rap Genius  —  When Andreessen Horowitz invested a whopping $15 million into Rap Genius this past fall, they were keen to point out that the platform can be used for decoding more than song lyrics …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Jolla Wants To Build A Foursquare Phone, A Facebook Phone — Whatever It Takes To Wake Smartphones From Their Android Slumber  —  Finnish startup Jolla is open for business.  That's the message CEO Marc Dillon was putting out, loud and clear, during two on-stage appearances at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona last week.
More: Engadget
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
The age of the brag is over: why Facebook might be losing teens  —  One week ago, Facebook Director of Product Blake Ross announced that he'd leave the company in a goodbye letter he posted on his profile page.  Ross wrote:  —  “I'm leaving because a Forbes writer asked his son's best friend Todd …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple finally catching up with new iMac demand, now shipping both sizes in 1-3 days  —  Apple seems to have finally caught up with demand for its latest iMac models.  Both the new 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs are now shipping from Apple's online store in 1-3 business days.

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