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March 16, 2013, 4:00 PM

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TechCrunch:
Mailbox Cost Dropbox Around $100 Million  —  Disrupt alumnus Dropbox made the second in a series of super-savvy, super-early stage acquisitions today, picking up hyped-up email management app Mailbox in an acquisition that we're calling “DropMail.”  —  We had been hearing that Mailbox was raising money …
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.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Federal Judge Finds National Security Letters Unconstitutional, Bans Them  —  Ultra-secret national security letters that come with a gag order on the recipient are an unconstitutional impingement on free speech, a federal judge ruled Friday.  —  U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ordered …
Slate:
The Google Graveyard  —  It's hard to lose a loved one, especially if that loved one is a Google service.  That's why we're opening the gates of the Google Graveyard, a virtual space for grieving.  Buried in these hallowed grounds are some of Google's ill-fated services.
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Nathan Hurst / Wired:
How the America Invents Act Will Change Patenting Forever  —  Photo: United States Patent and Trademark Office  —  On Saturday, around 18 months after President Obama signed it into law, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act will take effect.  Ostensibly, the act is designed to bring U.S. patent law in line with the rest of the world.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Web Application Server Talaria To Enhance Its Cloud Platform  —  Talaria, a company that was building a “new, dynamic web application server with a JIT-based runtime at its heart,” just announced that it has been acquired by Google.  The Talaria team will become part of the Google Cloud Platform team.

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Microsoft:
Students are invited to the Break into Code! challenge  —  Young students can become technology creators in this first of a new series of contests from Microsoft Imagine.  Students can learn to code their first game in about an hour.
Avangate:
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Asana:
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Zoho:
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HP:
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