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March 6, 2013, 11:00 PM

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David Faber / CNBC:
Carl Icahn Takes Up to a 6 Percent Stake in Dell: Sources  —  Carl Icahn appears set to enter the fray over the leveraged buyout of Dell.  —  Trading sources said they were confident that Icahn had amassed a position in Dell that may approach 100 million shares, and would bring him to a roughly 6 percent ownership.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to update its core Windows 8 apps well before ‘Blue’  —  Summary: Microsoft may have refreshes of its Mail, Calendar, Music and Games apps for Windows 8 and Windows RT in its app store as soon as this month.  —  There's been some worry that Microsoft's Windows team may be waiting until the …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Path 3.0 adds private messaging and The Shop, with ‘handcrafted’ stickers and premium photo filters  —  Path 3.0 for iOS adds two major features to the private social network.  The first is the ability to privately message your fellow users, and the second is The Shop, part of Path's ongoing effort to monetize its app.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
comScore: Apple debuts 2013 as top US smartphone maker, Samsung gains but Android falls for the first time  —  In the US, Apple ended 2012 as the top OEM and it has only further increased its lead with the start of the New Year.  Samsung is gaining as well, but not quite as quickly.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Unreported Side Effects of Drugs Found Using Internet Data, Study Finds  —  Using data drawn from queries entered into Google, Microsoft and Yahoo search engines, scientists at Microsoft, Stanford and Columbia University have for the first time been able to detect evidence …
More: CNET
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
The Check In Is Dead; Long Live The Check In As Foursquare Adds Quick Glide Feature On iOS  —  Depending who you ask, Foursquare could be in a great place as far as growth.  Or in a bad place.  We've heard about potential acquisitions, difficulty fundraising and everything in between.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Path Hires Ex-Google, Lytro Finance Head as New CFO  —  A little more than two years after launch, Path, the self-proclaimed “private social network” startup, is beginning to focus more on monetization.  —  Hence the hiring of Kim Jabal as the company's first CFO, who will spearhead …
More: Forbes and Business InsiderTweets: @davemorin
New York Times:
Yahoo Says New Policy Is Meant to Raise Morale  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Marissa Mayer took over as chief executive at Yahoo last summer, she confronted a Silicon Valley campus that was very different from the one she had left at Google.  Enlarge This Image Pascal Lauener/Reuters Marissa Mayer wants “all hands on deck” at Yahoo.
MIT Technology Review:
Computer Scientists Measure the Speed of Censorship On China's Twitter  —  Censorship on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, is near real-time and relies on a workforce of over 4000 censors who stop work during the evening news, according the first detailed analysis of censorship patterns
More: Tech in Asia and Quartz
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Microsoft restores transfer rights for retail Office 2013 copies  —  Summary: As part of its shift to a subscription model, Microsoft introduced a controversial “no transfer” restriction with Office 2013.  Now, after an intense outcry from customers, the company has reversed course and agreed …

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