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March 7, 2013, 8:25 AM

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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Inside Microsoft's decision to loan the Dell buyout consortium $2 billion  —  Dell's current expedition to go private is encountering turbulence in the form of investor discontent, leaving the details of the accepted deal somewhat obscured behind the smoke of shareholder battle.
More: Deal JournalThanks:@panzer
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Read Carl Icahn's Letter to Dell's Board About the Buyout Plan  —  It's confirmed.  Carl Icahn has an investment stake in Dell, and is gearing up for a fight against that company's proposal to go private in a leveraged buyout transaction.  —  Dell's board of directors confirmed what CNBC …
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Facebook's Redesign Hopes to Keep Users Engaged  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook plans to announce on Thursday a substantial redesign of its News Feed — a makeover aimed at both keeping users glued to the social network and luring more advertising dollars.  —  Company executives have broadly …
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
EU's Reding Says U.S. Tech Giants Can't Sidestep Rules  —  U.S.-based technology firms Google Inc. (GOOG), Facebook Inc. (FB), Apple Inc. (AAPL) and other non-European companies that offer services in the European Union must abide by its overhauled data-protection rules, according to the bloc's justice chief.
More: Betabeat
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
How two volunteers built the Raspberry Pi's operating system  —  When you buy a Raspberry Pi, the $35 computer doesn't come with an operating system.  Loading your operating system of choice onto an SD card and then booting the Pi turns out to be pretty easy.  But where do Pi-compatible operating systems come from?
More: ZDNet and Inquirer
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Big layoffs at T-Mobile headquarters, ahead of merger  —  A significant round of layoffs is happening at the Bellevue headquarters of T-Mobile USA just ahead of its merger with MetroPCS, according to people inside the company.  —  Employees are expecting the cuts, which may affect …
Facebook Engineering / Facebook:
Under the Hood: Building out the infrastructure for Graph Search  —  By Sriram Sankar, Soren Lassen, and Mike Curtiss, who are building Graph Search's infrastructure.  —  In the early days, Facebook was as much about meeting new people as keeping in touch with people you already knew at your college.
More: GigaOM and The Register
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Apps: The New Corporate Cost-Cutting Tool  —  TRUMBULL, Conn.—The biggest mall in town stopped staffing its customer-service desk in January.  But perched on that same desk recently was a plastic cutout of a hand holding a smartphone.  “Download the free app,” it said.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
A Mac Pro Mini  —  For years, geeks have wanted Apple to make an “xMac”: an expandable desktop tower like the Mac Pro, but much cheaper, generally achieved in theory by using consumer-class CPUs and motherboards instead of Intel's expensive, server-grade Xeon line.
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Terje Langeland / Bloomberg:
Samsung's Patent Spat With Apple Spurs U.S. Lobbying Push  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) has doubled mobile-phone sales in the U.S. since 2008.  As the company faces anti-dumping measures and a protracted court battle with Apple Inc. (AAPL), its U.S. lobbying bill is growing even faster.
Naomi Tajitsu / Reuters:
Megaupload founder can sue New Zealand spy agency: court  —  WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A court ruled on Thursday that Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can sue New Zealand's spy agency for illegal surveillance, opening the government up to more scrutiny over its role in an unlawful 2011 police raid on the internet entrepreneur's home.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Backs School Privacy Bill Taking Aim at Google  —  Massachusetts lawmakers could soon consider a bill that would restrict the commercial use of data gathered while children use computers at public schools.  —  Its stated purpose is protecting privacy.
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 …
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 and kottke.org
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Series Seed, an Open Source Set of Investment Documents, Moves to GitHub  —  If you're involved in building software, there's a pretty good chance you use GitHub, the social repository for software code known for the surprise round of funding it took from Andreessen Horowitz last year.
Dan Levine / Thomson Reuters News and Insight Legal:
Apple attracts one friend in Samsung appeal: Nokia  —  (Reuters) - Nokia has filed a brief in support of Apple Inc's bid to secure permanent injunctions against several Samsung Electronics Co Ltd phones, making the Finnish smartphone maker the only outside group to come forward in backing the iPhone maker's appeal.

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