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March 14, 2013, 9:35 AM

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Urs Holzle / The Official Google Blog:
A second spring of cleaning  —  We're living in a new kind of computing environment.  Everyone has a device, sometimes multiple devices.  It's been a long time since we have had this rate of change—it probably hasn't happened since the birth of personal computing 40 years ago.
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.
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Killing Of Google Reader Highlights The Risk Of Relying On A Single Provider  —  Every few months, Google has been “shutting down” various offerings they feel are under-used, in an effort to regain some focus.  Many of these are uncontroversial, though a few have been surprising and freaked some users out.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Reader lived on borrowed time: creator Chris Wetherell reflects  —  You would think that Chris Wetherell, an early creator of Google Reader (and part of the team that eventually made it happen) would be feeling sorry for himself — after all Google had decided to euthanize a product he …
Nick Bradbury:
The End of FeedDemon  —  This is a hard post for me to write.  —  I've used FeedDemon every day since I created it back in 2003 - it's part of my daily workflow, the first thing I turn to after pouring myself a cup of coffee in the morning.  —  I've thoroughly enjoyed working …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
As Google Reader is killed off, Flipboard, Feedly and others step up with RSS alternatives  —  So Google is axing Google Reader.  While the product has a diminishing but fiercely loyal user base (which includes me and other TNW staffers), a number of related RSS services relied on the Reader API code to do their thing.
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 …
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.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Supposed Galaxy S IV leak resurfaces in high-res pics, lists more features and specs  —  What is purported to be a dual-SIM equipped engineering sample of Samsung's Galaxy S IV a few days ago in pictures and video on a Chinese forum, and now it's back for a better look.
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 …
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 …
Emily Price / Mashable!:
Twitter Now Supports Line Breaks in Tweets  —  Twitter added support for line breaks Wednesday, a new feature that lets you spread your 140 character message over several different lines.  —  Supported on Twitter.com, as well as through Twitter's official mobile app, the feature can be used …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Um, That's What My Kid Watches, Not Me - With User Profiles Still In Testing, Netflix's Social Sharing Feature Makes No Sense  —  Great news.  You'll now know the viewing preferences of your friends' kids on Netflix, thanks to the service's foray into social sharing via opt-in Facebook integration, announced earlier this morning.
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

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