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March 5, 2013, 3:40 PM

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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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Is Building A Same-Day Amazon Prime Competitor, “Google Shopping Express”  —  Google is stealthily preparing to launch an Amazon Prime competitor called “Google Shopping Express.”  According to one source the service will be $10 or $15 cheaper than Amazon Prime, so $69 or $64 a year …
Fortune:
YouTube to launch music streaming service, take on Spotify  —  Google planning to roll out service to capitalize on the vast power of YouTube.  —  By Ryan Bradley and Jessi Hempel  —  FORTUNE — YouTube, the world's largest digital repository of streaming media, will launch a subscription music service later this year.
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.
Mathew J. Schwartz / InformationWeek:
Evernote: We're Adding Two-Factor Authentication  —  After data breach and wide password reset, Evernote accelerates plans to offer additional security to users.  —  Start The  —  Evernote, after suffering a data breach that caused the company to reset passwords for all of its 50 million users …
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.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Picasa Web Albums Redirects to Google+ Photos  —  After replacing Picasa Web with Google+ Photos in the navigation bar and redirecting individual albums to the Google+ interface, now Google redirects picasaweb.google.com to the albums section of Google+ Photos.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google Maps for iOS updated with Google Contacts support, local search categories and more  —  Google Maps for iOS has been updated with a nice set of new features today, including the ability to sign in with Google Contacts to have your saved addresses at your finger tips.
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 …
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.
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.
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Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
VMware Exits Collaboration Market With Sale of SlideRocket To Clearslide, A Sales Engagement Platform  —  VMware is exiting the collaboration market with the sale of SlideRocket to Clearslide, which will use the rich slide creation too to buttress its service that offers sales people presentation capabilities …
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter opens up cross-platform Nielsen Brand Effect survey tool to all advertisers in US, UK and Japan  —  Twitter has today announced that its Nielsen Brand Effect survey tool is available to all of its ad partners in the United States, United Kingdom and Japan.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Seagate ships its first desktop hybrid drive, third-gen laptop models  —  Seagate has had some skin in the hybrid hard drive game for some time, but always in 2.5-inch wide versions — great for your laptop, not so much the cavernous spaces of a gaming tower.  Its just-shipping Desktop SSHD fills that gap in a nearly literal sense.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
With a new Atom chip, Intel's smartphone BFF is ZTE  —  After years of trying to crack the mobile market there are still relatively few smartphones with the “Intel Inside” branding.  Last year was a bit of a breakthrough, however, as Intel silicon powered the Motorola Razr i handset.

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