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March 13, 2013, 6:45 PM

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Larry Page / The Official Google Blog:
Update from the CEO  —  Sergey and I first heard about Android back in 2004, when Andy Rubin came to visit us at Google.  He believed that aligning standards around an open-source operating system would drive innovation across the mobile industry.  Most people thought he was nuts.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Android Chief Andy Rubin Moves to Other Google Projects While Sundar Pichai Takes Over  —  In a surprise announcement, Google just switched around its top leadership.  Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, will no longer manage that team.  Sundar Pichai, the company's head of Chrome and Apps, is adding Android as well.
Wall Street Journal:
In Rare Move, Apple Goes on the Defensive Against Samsung  —  Apple Inc. is on the defensive.  —  In a rare interview a day before Samsung Electronics Co. announces a new flagship smartphone in New York, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller on Wednesday played down the expected competition …
Bloomberg:
Samsung Targets Galaxy 4 at Apple's Core IPhone Market  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) is making its biggest run yet at the iPhone's U.S. loyalists, unveiling the new Galaxy S4 a few blocks from Apple (AAPL) Inc.'s flagship store in New York and broadcasting the event live in Times Square.
Casey Newton / CNET:
Twitter acquires We Are Hunted, readies standalone music app  —  SCOOP: Twitter is preparing a music discovery app built on technology from a recent acquisition.  It could be released by the end of the month.  [Read more]
Cameron Johnson / The Official Netflix Blog:
Introducing Netflix Social  —  Movies and TV shows are better with friends.  —  We get suggestions from our friends for new things to watch and we connect with our friends through the shared enjoyment of a great movie or TV show.  —  Starting today, Netflix members in the U.S. can share …
Jeff Huang / Facebook Developer Blog:
Making Apps a Bigger Part of Timeline  —  Today, we're announcing an update to timeline to help people express what's important to them.  We're introducing better ways for apps to appear on timeline, improved controls for users, and streamlined tools for setting up Open Graph.  —  A more organized timeline
iFixit:
Pebble Teardown  —  Welcome to the future of watch evolution.  The Pebble E-Paper Watch is the “first watch built for the 21st century.”  It can track your bikerides, display your text messages, and even tell the time!  We had no choice but to bust the Pebble open and see what made it tick.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Google Admits Street View Project Violated Privacy  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Tuesday acknowledged to state officials that it had violated people's privacy during its Street View mapping project when it casually scooped up passwords, e-mail and other personal information from unsuspecting computer users.
Jackie Dove / TechHive:
Adobe plans to halt boxed sales of Creative Suite software  —  Adobe plans to halt boxed sales of its Creative Suite software, making its packages for creative pros available online or by subscription only.  —  “As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Creative Cloud …
New York Times:
Security Leader Says U.S. Would Retaliate Against Cyberattacks  —  WASHINGTON — The chief of the military's newly created Cyber Command told Congress on Tuesday that he is establishing 13 teams of programmers and computer experts who could carry out offensive cyberattacks on foreign nations …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
With Q4 Earnings Two Weeks Out And Stock Dipping, BlackBerry Suddenly Announces Mystery Order Of 1M BB10 Handsets  —  BlackBerry issued a press release today that amounts to little more than “Look!  We're selling handsets!”  The four paragraph release hit the wire at 3:17 ET, and shares …

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