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March 20, 2013, 10:35 AM

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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Why did Apple hire Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch?  —  Just hours after word leaked that Apple had poached Adobe's chief technology officer, the Internet is ablaze with the question of what, exactly, the iPhone maker plans to do with Kevin Lynch.  —  Source: Adobe  —  No Flash in the pan
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Exhibit A in the Case That Newly-Hired Apple VP of Technology Kevin Lynch Is a Bozo, a Bad Hire  —  He wrote this, just three years ago: … Well, how'd that work out?  Those companies and platforms are now either (a) out of business, (b) on the verge of going out of business, or (c) have abandoned Flash Player entirely.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
BBC:
South Korea network attack ‘a computer virus’  —  Staff at broadcaster YTN were faced with error messages on computer screens  —  Disruption that paralysed the computer networks of broadcasters and banks in South Korea appears to have been caused by a virus, an official close to the investigation has told the BBC.
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
BlackBerry software ruled not safe enough for essential government work  —  Computer Experts Security Group rejects BB10 software in new Z10 handset, dealing blow to Canadian firm in key market  —  BlackBerry's new BB10 software has been rejected by the British government as not secure enough …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Rumored To Be Working On A $99 7-Inch Kindle Fire HD  —  How low will Amazon's tablets go?  We're now hearing that a $99 Kindle Fire 7″ tablet is in production, and will be shipping this year.  At a price that low, the Kindle Fire would be able to more easily compete at the tail end …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Disconnect: why Andy Rubin and Android called it quits  —  Rubin created Google's mobile operating system and outgunned the iPhone.  So why is he moving on after almost a decade at the helm?
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Twitter gets a patent on... Twitter  —  Although Twitter famously has a pending patent on the familiar “pull-to-refresh” gesture, the company may have just acquired something more valuable: a patent on the Twitter messaging service itself.  The new patent issued today with Twitter founders Jack Dorsey …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
ReadWrite Editor-In-Chief Dan Lyons, A.K.A. Fake Steve Jobs, Is Leaving For Hubspot  —  Dan Lyons, the editor-in-chief at tech blog ReadWrite, is leaving for a position at marketing software company Hubspot.  We heard the news from knowledgeable sources, and the part about Lyons' departure …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Cisco switches to weaker hashing scheme, passwords cracked wide open  —  Password cracking experts have reversed a secret cryptographic formula recently added to Cisco devices.  Ironically, the encryption type 4 algorithm leaves users considerably more susceptible to password cracking …
More: CRN
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.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Inside Oculus: a tour of virtual reality's would-be savior  —  A small California-based team is burning the midnight oil to put goggles on your head  —  On the fourth floor of a fourteen-story California skyscraper, a stone's throw from UC Irvine, a tiny startup named Oculus is trying to bring the idea of virtual reality back to life.
More: Engadget
Tom Vanderbilt / Wired:
The Nielsen Family Is Dead  —  From Game of Thrones to the new Arrested Development, television is better than ever.  And it's not just a lucky accident.  Turns out that networks and advertisers are using all-new metrics to design hit shows.  Under these new rules, Twitter feeds are as important …
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 …
Frank Konkel / Federal Computer Week:
Sources: Amazon and CIA ink cloud deal  —  In a move sure to send ripples through the federal IT community, FCW has learned that the CIA has agreed to a cloud computing contract with electronic commerce giant Amazon, worth up to $600 million over 10 years.  —  Amazon Web Services will help …

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