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March 14, 2013, 2:00 PM

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Alan Green / Official Google Reader Blog:
Powering Down Google Reader  —  We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013).  We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go.  We're sad too.  —  There are two simple reasons for this …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Google To Close Google Reader On July 1  —  Google Reader user?  Say goodbye.  Google has announced the service is closing on July 1.  —  The news came today in a “Spring Cleaning” blog post from Google, where the company said: … I'm pretty amazed to read this.
Urs Holzle / The Official Google Blog:
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Breaks Up Mapping and Commerce Unit  —  Google Inc. executive Jeff Huber stepped aside as head of the Internet giant's mapping and commerce unit on Wednesday, in a two-part management shift at that also saw the chief of the Android unit, Andy Rubin, leave his position, according to people familiar with the matter.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Google separates its mapping and commerce unit, VP Jeff Huber headed to the X team  —  Google has separated its mapping and commerce units, both of which were headed up by senior vice president Jeff Huber, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.  As a result, Huber …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft blames overheating datacenter for 16-hour Outlook outage  —  Microsoft's outlook.com webmail service suffered 16-hour long issues yesterday after a firmware upgrade at the company's datacenter went wrong.  In a blog post detailing the outage, Microsoft reveals some customers …
Paul Graham / Y Combinator:
The Handshake Deal Protocol  —  Silicon Valley runs on handshake deals.  A handshake deal is a verbal commitment to a transaction.  The actual transaction comes later, when documents are signed and money changes hands.  —  Why do we need handshake deals?  Why not just wait till the actual transaction?
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
ITC Postpones iPhone Ban Decision  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission was scheduled to issue a final decision in Samsung's patent infringement case against Apple this week.  Instead, it issued a postponement.  —  The ITC said Wednesday that it is delaying its ruling …
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 …
Mike Kruzeniski / Twitter Blog:
Welcome Twitter for Windows 8  —  Today, we are releasing Twitter for Windows 8, a new app that makes it easier than ever to share and discover content on Windows 8 devices.  In addition to familiar Twitter features, including the Home, Connect, Discover, and Me tabs, this app introduces …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
CBS Brings Ad-Sponsored Streaming TV To iPhone And iPad; Social Integration, Android & Windows 8 Support Still To Come  —  CBS is today introducing a new iOS application for iPad and iPhone, which brings its television programming to mobile devices, offering full episodes for streaming a week after they originally air.
Jack Clark / The Register:
US national vulnerability database hacked  —  Malware infection forces government vuln catalog offline  —  The US government's online catalog of cyber-vulnerabilities has been taken offline - ironically, due to a software vulnerability.  —  The National Institute of Standards …
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Netflix Chief Product Officer: expect 4K streaming within a year or two  —  Neil Hunt talks site outages, streaming 4k, and the company's gold mine of user data  —  Neil Hunt is likely the most important Netflix executive that nobody's ever heard of.  While everyone in tech media knows CEO Reed Hastings …
More: Engadget
Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. plans to let spy agencies scour Americans' finances  —  (Reuters) - The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country …
More: SlashGear and ZDNet

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