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March 14, 2013, 12:00 PM

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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.
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 …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
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.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
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 …
More: TechCrunch
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 that also saw the chief of the Android unit, Andy Rubin, leave his position, said people familiar with the matter.
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 …
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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple now offering iMacs with built-in VESA mount adapters for $40 premium  —  Apple recently updated its online store to reflect availability of a new VESA mount-compatible iMac, with the tweaked version of the thin all-in-one costing in at $40 more than standard models.
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: ZDNet and SlashGear
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.
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 …
More: TechCrunch
VBalasubramani / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Ex-Employer's Hijacking of a LinkedIn Account Is a Publicity Rights Violation—Eagle v. Morgan  —  Eagle v. Morgan, 11-4303 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 12, 2013)  —  We've previously covered this dispute over a LinkedIn account.  (See Another Set of Parties Duel Over Social Media Contacts …

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