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March 19, 2013, 6:45 PM

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Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung Preparing Wristwatch as It Races Apple for Sales  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) is developing a wristwatch as Asia's biggest technology company races against Apple Inc. (AAPL) to create a new industry of wearable devices that perform similar tasks as smartphones.
John Frank / TechNet Blogs:
Our Commitment to Compliance  —  Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. government is reviewing allegations that Microsoft business partners in three countries may have engaged in illegal activity, and if they did, whether Microsoft played any role in these alleged incidents.
Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Google expected to unify chat under the name Babble  —  Google's quest to continue unifying their products is about to enter its next phase.  According to multiple sources, the company's next step includes unifying their messaging platforms into a single service, which is expected to be called Babble.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch to leave Adobe for Apple, report to Bob Mansfield  —  According to a tweet issued by CNBC, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch will leave the company this week to join Apple.  Neither Apple nor Adobe have confirmed the claim.  Update: Adobe has confirmed in an SEC filing that Lynch departed the firm.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
HTC Says Its Next Phone Is Delayed Because It's No Longer A ‘Tier-One’ Customer  —  HTC's new flagship phone, the HTC One, is facing delays because the company can't lock down the components its needs to produce the device.  —  In a surprisingly candid interview with WSJ …
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo in Talks to Buy Stake in Video Site Dailymotion  —  Yahoo Inc. is in talks to buy a controlling stake in France Telecom SA's online-video site Dailymotion, according to people familiar with the talks, in what would be Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's first major acquisition since taking over the Internet pioneer last year.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft tempts Windows developers with $100 cash for new apps  —  Microsoft wants Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers to create apps for its platforms, and it's tempting them by offering up hard cash.  In a new US marketing effort, Microsoft is offering developers $100 per app …
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Nvidia CEO unveils next two gens of Tegra, dubbed Logan, Parker  —  Jen-Hsun Huang says the company's mobile chip will show 100-times improvement from the first generation to the fifth.  —  Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang today talked up the chipmaker's next two generations of mobile chip …
Brian Cairns / Google Developers Blog:
Build collaborative apps with Google Drive Realtime API  —  Google Drive lets users create Docs, Sheets, and Slides, collaborate on them in real time, and have their changes saved automatically.  With the new Google Drive Realtime API, you can now easily add some of the same real-time collaboration …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google+ Introduces New Hangouts App Called Capture, To Snap Pics Of Special Moments As They Happen  —  Today, Google introduced a new app for one of its most popular products, Hangouts.  While Hangouts let you chat with multiple people over video, there are those moments when someone makes a funny face …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 6.1.3 with Lock screen security flaw fix, Maps improvements for Japan  —  Apple has released iOS 6.1.3 to end users today.  It is currently available over-the-air via Software Update in the Settings app.  —  The update includes a security flaw fix involving the iOS device Lock screen.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google undeletes RSS extension for Chrome browser  —  It's not dead after all.  Google has resurrected an extension that lets Chrome handle RSS and Atom feeds, even though it's not resurrecting the related Google Reader service.  The 868,163 people who've installed Google's RSS-handling extension …
More: TechHive and WebProNews
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
MIT to release redacted Aaron Swartz documents  —  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will release documents related to the case against activist Aaron Swartz but it will edit out names and other information, according to a letter from MIT president Rafael Reif to the MIT community.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
To Compete With Amazon, eBay Debuts Free Listings And Simpler Fee Structures For Sellers  —  Ebay is debuting a new fee structure and incentives for sellers today in an effort to remain the most competitive commerce platform next to e-commerce marketplace Amazon.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
NewsCred gets new $15M investment, adds New York Times as a partner  —  NewsCred has become a quiet force in media by offering brands and publishers an easy way to acquire high quality news content from brands like Bloomberg and Economist.  In a further sign of its growing influence …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Lytro Names Former Ning Head Rosenthal as CEO  —  Light field camera maker Lytro is naming former Ning chief Jason Rosenthal as its new CEO.  —  Rosenthal, who also worked at HP/Opsware, Netscape and AOL, takes over a company with a unique technology but lots of work ahead of it.
More: CNET
David Kravets / Wired:
Feds: No Warrant Needed to Track Your Car With a GPS Device  —  The President Barack Obama administration is claiming that authorities do not need court warrants to affix GPS devices to vehicles to monitor their every move.  —  The administration maintains that position despite …
More: CNET and Examiner
Alexander Limi / Alex Limi:
Checkboxes that kill your product  —  (To read this article with its formatting and typography intact, click here)  —  If I told you that a company is shipping a product to hundreds of millions of users right now, and included in the product are several prominent buttons that will break …

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