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March 17, 2013, 3:50 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Following Samsung Galaxy S4 launch, Apple debuts ‘Why iPhone’ webpage to tout why people love iPhone, slam Android  —  On the eve of Samsung's Galaxy S4 launch, Apple and its marketing chief Phil Schiller spoke with mainstream news publications to slam Android and iPhone competitors.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Ceding the Crown  —  So Phil Schiller gave a second eve-of-Galaxy-S4-launch interview, this one to Reuters reporter Poornima Gupta.  The headline ("Apple's Schiller Blasts Android, Samsung on Galaxy's Eve") is spot-on, but here's the second paragraph:
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Jean-Louis Gassee / Monday Note:
Apple is Losing The War - Of Words  —  Besides its ads, Apple says very little, confident numbers will do the talking.  This no longer works as others have seized the opportunity to drive the narrative.  —  The day before Samsung's big Galaxy S4 announcement, Apple's VP of Marketing …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo ThinkPad T431s Ultrabook: refined exterior, widened trackpad, shipping in April for $949  —  Lenovo's taking the wraps off of its newest ThinkPad here at Engadget Expand, but in fact, the T431s represents more than just a minor spec bump.  It's actually the first ThinkPad borne out of Lenovo's latest …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Crooks Spy on Casino Card Games With Hacked Security Cameras, Win $33M  —  A high-roller and hacker accomplices made off with about $33 million after they gamed a casino in Australia by hacking its surveillance cameras and gaining an advantage in several rounds of high-stakes card games.
Bloomberg:
STMicro, Ericsson Said to Fail to Find Chip-Venture Buyer  —  STMicroelectronics NV (STM) and Ericsson AB, the partners looking to pull out of their ST-Ericsson venture, have failed to find a buyer for the wireless chip business after a three-month search, according to six people familiar with the situation.
Matt Buchanan / The New Yorker:
The Cost of Uber's Free Rides  —  “It sucks getting around here,” Max Crowley said, in a rare moment of real emphasis.  Crowley is an executive at the car-service start-up company Uber, and “here” is Austin, Texas.  More importantly, here is downtown Austin in the middle of South by Southwest Interactive …
Molly Wood / CNET:
Samsung GS4 launch: Tone-deaf and shockingly sexist  —  I don't get offended very often.  But Samsung's long parade of '50s-era female stereotypes, in the midst of an entirely other long parade of bad stereotypes, just put me over the edge.  Oh, they announced a phone?  You'd barely know it.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple sued by THX for allegedly misusing patented speaker tech in iPhone, iPad and iMac  —  THX, the sound innovation company founded by George Lucas, filed suit against Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, claiming that various models of the iPhone …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Aims At A Moving Target As It Tries To Close Another Round Of Funding  —  This year's SXSWi did not herald the next Big Thing in tech, as some guessed it wouldn't, but it wasn't always this way.  In 2010, a year when people were a bit more optimistic about the new new thing, Foursquare was the boss.

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