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March 5, 2013, 6:45 PM

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Fortune:
YouTube to launch music streaming service, take on Spotify  —  Exclusive: Google is planning to roll out a music streaming service to capitalize on the power of YouTube.  FORTUNE — YouTube, the world's largest digital repository of streaming media, will launch a subscription music service later this year.
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.
BBC:
Valve readies prototype Steam Box video game console  —  Gabe Newell is being given Bafta's highest accolade at the 2013 awards  —  Valve expects to offer prototypes of its upcoming video games console for testing within four months time.  —  The firm's chief executive Gabe Newell revealed …
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 …
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.  Evernote, after suffering a data breach that caused the company to reset passwords for all of its 50 million users …
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.
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Google services should not require real names: Vint Cerf  —  (Reuters) - In the face of increasing government-led crackdowns on social media, Google Inc (GOOG.O) should not force Internet users to reveal their real names for some services, including its Google+ social network, said Vint Cerf …
Reuters:
Venture capital kingpin Kleiner Perkins acknowledges weak results  —  (Reuters) - Blue-chip venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers expressed frustration with poor fund performance and promised to do better at gatherings for investors last month, according to people familiar with the discussions.
More: GeekWire and bizjournalsThanks:@gerryshih
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.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Why the Galaxy S4 won't be shedding its plastic roots  —  Samsung will likely stick to a design aesthetic that has worked in the past, despite its rivals opting to use metal and other premium-feeling materials.  —  As great an all-around smartphone as the Galaxy S III is …
Eric Engleman / Bloomberg:
Google Exception in Obama's Cyber Order Questioned as Unwise Gap  —  Telecommunications companies want President Barack Obama's administration to rethink a decision that may exempt Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Gmail, Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone software and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows from an executive order on cybersecurity.
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Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Steve Jobs biographer dropped from Apple ebook case, James Murdoch named in email  —  Walter Isaacson, the author of a bestselling book about the late Apple founder, will not have to share his notes or testify in a case about alleged price-fixing between Apple and book publishers.
More: CNET
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.
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.
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.

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