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March 20, 2013, 1:50 PM

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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 …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Amazon On The $99 Kindle Fire Tablet: 'It's Not Happening'  —  So much for all that!  —  Amazon is not doing a $99 Kindle Fire tablet, the company tells us: “It's not happening—we are already at the lowest price points possible for that hardware.”  —  Previously, TechCrunch had passed along …
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.
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon launches “Send to Kindle” button for web publishers and WordPress blogs  —  Amazon is now allowing publishers to add “Send to Kindle” buttons to their websites and WordPress blogs, the company announced on the Kindle blog Tuesday.  It can be integrated into WordPress blogs as well.
Wall Street Journal:
H-P Board Faces Critical Vote  —  Autonomy Founder Calls for Evidence of Allegations Made Against U.K. Software Firm's Former Management  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. may see an unusual amount of fireworks at its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, with several board members facing opposition to their re-election.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Yahoo acquires personalized recommendation startup Jybe, started by five former Yahoo employees  —  Yahoo on Wednesday announced it has acquired personalized recommendation company Jybe, which aimed to help people find new interests based on what's trending in their social circles.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Offer Internet Service in Olathe, Kansas  —  Google Inc. said Tuesday it would offer high-speed Internet service in the city of Olathe, Kan., a Kansas City suburb with around 125,000 residents.  —  The plan marks the first expansion of Google Fiber, an Internet and video service …
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 …
John Siracusa / Hypercritical:
Self-Reliance  —  The mobile market, everyone agrees, is the technology industry's future.  What's not so clear is which company is best positioned to thrive in that future.  —  For smartphones in particular, the traditional metrics are confusing.  Android has 70% market share, but Apple is taking 70% of the profit.
More: iMore
Daniel Ionescu / TechHive:
BlackBerry, UK government reject claims of failed BB10 security certification  —  Both BlackBerry and the U.K. government have denied reports that the new BB10 software has been rejected for use in sensitive government communications.  —  Tuesday evening, UK newspaper The Guardian reported …
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 …
More: Gizmodo
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Klout launches business portal, is gunning for brands  —  The social scoring startup is making a play for business users with new enterprise features that begin rolling out today.  —  FORTUNE — Klout, the analytics startup that aims to measure users' influence across their social networks, is going after businesses.
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.

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