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March 11, 2013, 8:05 PM

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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Exclusive: super-early iPhone prototype had 5″x7″ screen, serial port  —  What did the iPhone look like before it looked like an iPhone?  —  That's one big iPhone  —  This iPhone prototype was a lot closer to the size of an iPad than an iPhone at 5"×7" and nearly 2" thick.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
LinkedIn to Buy Pulse Newsreader for More than $50M  —  LinkedIn will buy San Francisco-based newsreader appmaker Pulse, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.  —  The price of the acquisition is in the tens of millions, they said — between $50 million to $100 million.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google updates design of Gmail's web and offline apps for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Kindle Fire users  —  Google on Monday announced an update to its Gmail mobile Web app and Gmail Offline.  The company says the new release is available to Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Kindle Fire users …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office Is Investigating HP's Autonomy Allegations  —  Hewlett-Packard just filed its regular form 10Q or quarterly report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and it contains some news.  —  In the filing HP discloses that it has been told by the Serious Fraud Office …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Computer Algorithms Rely Increasingly on Human Helpers  —  Trading stocks, targeting ads, steering political campaigns, arranging dates, besting people on “Jeopardy” and even choosing bra sizes: computer algorithms are doing all this work and more.  —  But increasingly, behind the curtain …
Kunal / Sammy Hub:
Pictures of GT-I9502 leaked, could this be the Galaxy S IV?  —  A Chinese forum has published plethora of pictures of GT-I9502.  Images reveal a lot of things on the hardware front and most importantly, the design.  Interestingly, the forum poster claims it to be a dual-SIM version of the Galaxy S IV for China Unicom.
Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
As Tech Wealth Explodes, Silicon Valley Poverty Spikes  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — On a morning the stock market was sailing to a record high and a chilly storm was blowing into Silicon Valley, Wendy Carle stuck her head out of the tent she calls home to find city workers duct taping …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Unicorn Apocalypse Is Real And It Sucks  —  Unicorn Apocalypse, the mobile game Samsung promoted in its TV ads that began airing at the beginning of the year, isn't fictional after all - it's a real, playable game live now in the Google Play app store.  Generally speaking, the Samsung ads …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Meet the men who spy on women through their webcams  —  “See!  That s**t keeps popping up on my f**king computer!” says a blond woman as she leans back on a couch, bottle-feeding a baby on her lap.  —  The woman is visible from thousands of miles away on a hacker's computer.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Omniture Co-Founder's Business Intelligence SaaS Company Domo Raises $60M From GGV Capital, Jeff Bezos, Greylock And Others  —  Domo, the SaaS business intelligence startup launched by Omniture founder Josh James, has raised $60 million in new funding, we've learned exclusively.
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Insight: On Facebook, app makers face a treacherous path  —  (Reuters) - Last spring, the future for Viddy, a video-sharing Facebook app, seemed as sunny as southern California's skies.  —  Based a block away from Venice Beach, the 30-person startup impressed prospective investors …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
3D-Printable Gun Project Announces Plans For A For-Profit Search Engine Startup  —  For the last six months, Cody Wilson and his non-profit group Defense Distributed have worked towards a controversial goal: To make as many firearm components as possible into 3D-printable, downloadable files.
Danielle Morrill:
Zombie Startups  —  To get the full effect, press play on the track above and start reading.  —  My greatest fear as a startup founder isn't to fail, it is to become a zombie startup.  Kind of like in the 6th Sense when Bruce Willis doesn't realize he is dead and tries to have a nice dinner with his wife …
More: Business Insider and GeekWireThanks:@ilamont
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Microsoft really wants students to use Office 365, offers 6 months free & 20GB SkyDrive storage  —  Microsoft has launched a new campaign to hook students on Office 365 University by offering up six months of the service and an extra 20GB of SkyDrive cloud storage for free.
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Spotify Said Expanding Pandora-Like Web Radio Worldwide  —  Spotify Ltd., the subscription music-streaming service, is close to agreements with record labels to expand its free mobile radio product outside the U.S., said three people with knowledge of the talks.
More: The Verge

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