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March 5, 2013, 10:20 AM

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Rene Ritchie / iMore:
iPhone 5S planned for August, next iPads may debut as soon as April  —  iMore has learned that Apple is planning the release of the iPhone 5S for this summer, currently for August.  Next generation iPads, presumably the iPad 5 and potentially the iPad mini 2, may also debut as soon as this April.
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Google controls too much of China's smartphone sector: ministry  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc has too much control over China's smartphone industry via its Android mobile operating system and has discriminated against some local firms, the technology ministry said in a white paper.
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
Samsung's New Smartphone Will Track Eyes to Scroll Pages  —  Samsung's next big smartphone, to be introduced next month, will have a strong focus on software.  A person who has tried the phone, called the Galaxy S IV, described one feature as particularly new and exciting: Eye scrolling.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple considered calling iPhone the ‘Telepod’, ‘Mobi’, ‘iPad’, or ‘Tripod’, former Apple ad man reveals  —  At an event at the University of Arizona's Department of Marketing, former Apple advertising lead Ken Segall has shared some additional details into the naming behind Apple's massively popular smartphone.
Pew Research Center:
Twitter Reaction to Events Often at Odds with Overall Public Opinion  —  The reaction on Twitter to major political events and policy decisions often differs a great deal from public opinion as measured by surveys.  This is the conclusion of a year-long Pew Research Center study that compared …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft ViralSearch: tracking and identifying popular web content on Twitter  —  The concept of viral internet content or memes has been played out for a number of years, but Microsoft thinks it has mastered the solution to tracking exactly how web content gets popular.
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Oracle issues emergency Java update to patch vulnerabilities  —  After hackers attack a new flaw in Java, “Oracle decided to release a fix for this vulnerability and another closely related bug as soon as possible.”  —  In response to discovering that hackers were actively exploiting …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The rise and fall of Andy Zaky  —  How an Internet-trained Apple analyst lost tens of millions of other peoples' money  —  FORTUNE — In the late 1990s, an ad agency creative director I'll call Joe Smith to protect his privacy bought several hundred shares of Apple (AAPL) at $60 apiece.
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Microsoft: No, We're Not Abandoning Our Anti-Google Campaign  —  Microsoft has no intention of completely ending its Google-bashing ad campaign, “Scroogled,” the company told Business Insider.  —  Reports flew on the Internet today that Microsoft would kill off the controversial effort …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
How emoji conquered the world  —  The story of the smiley face from the man who invented it  —  In 1995, sales of pagers were booming among Japan's teenagers, and NTT Docomo's decision to add the heart symbol to its Pocket Bell devices let high school kids across the country inject a new level of sentiment …
Carl Franzen / The Verge:
The Pirate Bay's move to North Korea is probably more satire than fact  —  The Pirate Bay published a blog post today claiming that it has relocated to a “new provider” in North Korea after being invited by the totalitarian country's leadership “to fight our battles from their network.”
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Twitter discontinuing iPhone, Android, and Air versions of TweetDeck  —  Twitter has announced that it will be discontinuing several TweetDeck apps in favor of the web client.  The Android, iPhone, and Air-based desktop clients will all be affected; the apps will be removed from their stores in early May …
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Office and SharePoint 2013 Developer Tools Now Available  —  Microsoft delivers tools for developers targeting Office 2013 and SharePoint  —  Microsoft announced today that the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 are now available, allowing developers to create apps that target Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Office 365.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
White House: It's Time to Legalize Cellphone Unlocking  —  The White House on Monday came out in support of a consumer's right to unlock their cell phone once they have fulfilled the terms of the contract.  —  Responding to a petition on whitehouse.gov, the executive branch stated …
Harry McCracken / TIME:
How an 83-Year-Old Inventor Beat the High Cost of 3D Printing  —  If there were an award for Emerging Gadget Most Likely to Change Everything, it might well go to the 3D printer.  These devices, which turn digital blueprints into physical objects made out of plastic or other materials …
Forbes:
10 Reasons To Be More Optimistic About Broadband Than Susan Crawford Is  —  Susan Crawford thinks she sees the future of the Internet—and it isn't pretty: Cable companies monopolizing broadband, charging too much, withholding content and keeping speeds low, all in order to suppress disruptive innovation.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Chamath Palihapitiya Confirms That His Social+Capital Partnership Has Raised A New Fund Of $275M+  —  Chamath Palihapitiya, the early Facebook executive who left the company in 2011 to launch The Social+Capital Partnership, said today that he has raised a second fund.
TechCrunch:
Fitness And Health Tracker Fitbit Is Raising $30M At A $300M-Plus Valuation  —  Fitness technology and hardware startup Fitbit is raising north of $30 million in growth capital at a $300 million-plus valuation, according to multiple sources.  The company last raised $12 million in January 2012 …

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