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March 6, 2013, 10:55 AM

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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission fines Microsoft for non-compliance with browser choice commitments  —  European Commission  —  The European Commission has imposed a €561 million fine on Microsoft for failing to comply with its commitments to offer users a browser choice screen enabling them to easily choose their preferred web browser.
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Why Microsoft probably couldn't care less that the EU just fined it $732 million  —  Microsoft violated the terms of its settlement of an anti-trust case, says the European Commission, by failing to let users know that they could use a web browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer on their Windows-based PCs.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple's Cook, music mogul Iovine discuss new music service  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has held talks with Beats Electronics LLC, the audio technology firm co-founded by influential hip-hop producer Dr Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine, on a potential partnership involving Beats …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Will Launch Content-Specific News Feeds, Bigger Photos And Ads On Thursday  —  At a big press event on Thursday, Facebook plans to launch new ways to filter the news feed.  These include a Photos feed of Facebook and Instagram photos, as well as a revamped Music feed of what friends …
Digits:
Samsung-Sharp Deal Could Reshape Tech Alliances  —  South Korea's Samsung Electronics is in talks to invest about $107 million in struggling Japanese electronics firm Sharp Corp. , a deal that not only highlights Korea's ascendancy over Japan as a global electronics giant, but could well reshape alliances in the competitive industry.
CNET:
The new $99 Roku 3: Overhauled interface, faster chip, and private listening mode (hands-on)  —  CNET Editors' Take  —  Roku is turning up the heat in the battle of the living room streaming boxes, announcing today its newest flagship model, the Roku 3 ($99).
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Why Google Thinks Two Music Subscription Services Are Better Than None  —  Alrighty.  Time to start sorting out what Google is up to with music.  And why it thinks it may make sense to launch two different music subscription services.  —  Spoiler alert!  No one outside of a handful of Googlers really knows.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Launches $1099 21.5-Inch iMac With 3.3 GHz Dual-Core i3 Processor for Educational Institutions  —  Apple appears to have quietly introduced an updated version of its low-end 21.5-inch iMac for educational institutions, taking advantage of a cheaper dual-core Intel Core i3 processor …
Alexis Santos / Engadget:
Google Play celebrates first birthday with week of free downloads and discounts  —  It's already been a year since the Android Market was renamed Google Play, and the folks in Mountain View are offering up a boatload of free party favors throughout the week to celebrate.
Andy Ihnatko / TechHive:
Why I switched from iPhone to Android  —  About a month and a half ago, I walked into an AT&T Store, handed over my iPhone 4S, and asked to be switched from my unlimited iPhone data plan to a new LTE data plan.  —  I bought the first-generation iPhone and I bought it early …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
News Corp. Has a Tablet for Schools  —  For nearly two years, Joel I. Klein helped Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation weather a phone-hacking scandal at the company's British tabloids with the promise that he would eventually be able to return to the role the company hired him for …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Ferrari outs 949HP LaFerrari hybrid, gives FF drivers iPad minis and Siri (video)  —  Everyone knew Ferrari was cooking up its first hybrid, and that it would be very quick when it was pegged as an Enzo successor.  Still, we didn't quite expect the sledgehammer that is the LaFerrari.
Daniel Rubino / wpcentral.com:
Disqus releases exclusive Windows Phone app, no plans for iPhone or Android  —  Looks like Windows Phone today has scored one today as we're the first to get a new, official app from Disqus (disqus.com).  —  For those of you who don't know, Disqus powers the commenting system on many websites and blogs …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google-Apple Valuation Gap Widest Since 2005 on Ads  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s prospects haven't looked so promising to investors relative to Apple Inc. (AAPL) since before the iPhone was introduced.  —  Google's shares, which climbed to a record yesterday, are now trading at 25 times profit …
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Intel Capital makes a big bet on Android with investment in Bluestacks (exclusive)  —  Add Intel Capital to the growing list of companies eager to work with Bluestacks.  —  Intel has invested an undisclosed amount in the startup, BlueStacks told VentureBeat today.
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 …

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