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March 12, 2013, 4:50 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia 928 to launch on Verizon in April with aluminum body and Xenon flash  —  Microsoft is gearing up to market Nokia's upcoming Verizon flagship heavily.  Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company plans to launch its Lumia 928 handset in April on Verizon.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google confirms Project Glass will support prescriptions ‘later this year,’ but not in its Explorer Edition  —  A prescription version of Google Glass is coming in 2013.  Google's project Glass is a pair of glasses at the end of the day, so it follows that you'll be able to order a pair personalized to your prescription preferences.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Automatic's iPhone app makes your dumb car feel a little smarter  —  Automatic handles everything from fuel efficiency to to crash response  —  Cars have been equipped with onboard computers for decades now, but as they get smarter, they remain stubbornly closed off.
Casey Newton / CNET:
Google reaches $7 million settlement with states over Street View case  —  The settlement with 37 states bans unauthorized data collection and requires Google to train employees on privacy issues.  —  The long-running Google Street View privacy case was settled today, as the company reached …
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Apple's iPads to fall behind Android tablets this year: IDC  —  (Reuters) - Shipments of Apple Inc's iPads will fall behind the growing variety of tablets running Google Inc's Android platform for the first time this year as smaller-sized devices catch on with more consumers, research firm International Data Corp (IDC) said on Tuesday.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Dropbox refreshes its desktop client for improved file sharing, real-time notifications for incoming folders  —  Today Dropbox announced upgrades to its desktop client to allow for quick sharing of files with others, and improved updates that will help users keep up with the service.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Yahoo's Mayer gets internal flak for more rigorous hiring  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Marissa Mayer was asked at an all-staff meeting several weeks ago whether her rigorous hiring practices had caused the company to miss out on top engineering talent in Silicon Valley's hyper-competitive job market.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
T-Mobile and MetroPCS merger approved by the FCC  —  We knew things were moving forward, and now the Federal Communications Commission has approved the merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS.  In a statement released today, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski says that the allowing the two companies …
Rene Ritchie / iMore.com:
The “iPhone 5S” problem  —  Apple may or may not release a product called the “iPhone 5S” this year.  The presumption, however, fueled by Apple having previously released the 2009 iPhone 3GS-as-in-speed, and the 2011 iPhone 4S-as-in-Siri, is that 2013 will see another S-style update.
Gina Chon / Quartz:
Apple's plan for its cash: stock buyback or more dividends likely coming this spring  —  Apple is leaning toward additional dividends or a share buyback program as part of its effort to return more cash to investors, according to sources.  The US tech company could announce the move this spring …
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
Evolv pulls in $15M to prevent the ‘wrong person ending up in the wrong job’  —  Imagine using data to pinpoint the most high-performing employees and keep them satisfied?  —  A startup called Evolv is building technology to make that possible, and it has raised $15 million in a fourth funding roundl led by Vantage Point Capital.
More: TechCrunch
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Major glitch in Bitcoin network sparks sell-off; price temporarily falls 23%  —  A technical glitch in the core Bitcoin software forced developers to call for a temporary halt to Bitcoin transactions, sparking a sharp sell-off.  The currency's value briefly fell 23 percent to $37 before regaining much of its value later in the evening.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
iPhone Video Usage Doubles Android, Says Ooyala  —  From the “Android is from Mars, Apple is from Venus” files, another reminder that the kind of phone you have influences what you do with that phone.  —  Or maybe it's a reminder that people buy different kinds of phones because they want to do different things with them.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Retailer Sues Visa Over $13 Million ‘Fine’ for Being Hacked  —  A sports apparel retailer is fighting back against the arbitrary multi-million-dollar penalties that credit card companies impose on banks and merchants for data breaches by filing a first-of-its-kind $13 million lawsuit against Visa.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
HTC One faces shipment delays, may hit stores in April  —  The company said it would start fulfilling pre-orders by the end of the month, with a rollout to more markets in April.  —  It looks like there's more bad news down the pike for HTC and its One flagship phone.
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
AWS Just Made It A Whole Lot Easier For Anyone To Create A Virtual Private Cloud Showing Again How Enterprise Tech Is Obsolete  —  Amazon Web Services will now offer the option for everyone to have their own virtual private cloud (VPC), another sign of the company's intent to push into the enterprise market.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
AMD Completes Sale, Leaseback of Texas Campus  —  Shares of the troubled chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices inched upward today on word that the company has executed a deal to sell its Austin, Texas, campus and lease it back from the new owner, in a deal expected to generate $164 million in cash.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Meet the ‘Corporate Enemies of the Internet’ for 2013  —  Paris-based Reporters Without Borders names five companies as “digital mercenaries” that have decided to sell their surveillance technology to authoritarian regimes.  —  Vietnam has been named one of the enemies of the Internet for its extensive government surveillance.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Security firm: iOS Provisioning Profiles could be vector for Apple's first big malware wave  —  Up to this point, iOS users have been relatively safe from malware on their devices.  Apple SVP Phil Schiller recently felt good enough about it to tweet a link to a recent report that put most of the onus of mobile malware on Android.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Dragon Mobile Assistant for Android gets smarter: Now it can share your location and dial into scheduled calls  —  With Apple's Siri and Google Now leading the way, the race is on to create the perfect mobile virtual assistant.  —  Nuance, whose Dragon voice recognition technology powers Siri …
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