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March 24, 2013, 1:55 PM

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Jessica E. Lessin / Digits:
Apple Acquires Indoor Location Company WifiSLAM  —  Apple has acquired indoor-GPS company WifiSLAM, a sign that the war over indoor mobile location services is heating up.  —  Apple paid around $20 million for the Silicon Valley-based company, according to a person familiar with the matter who said the deal closed recently.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Acquires Indoor Mobile Location Positioning Firm WifiSLAM for $20 Million  —  The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has acquired indoor location company WifiSLAM, paying around $20 million for the firm.  Apple has confirmed the purchase, but declined to offer any details on its plans for the acquisition.
More: PhoneDog
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Blue leaks online, includes smaller Live Tiles, new side-by-side Snap Views, and IE 11  —  An early build of Windows Blue, the next version of Windows, has leaked online on the same day that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer celebrates his 57th birthday.  Build 9364, a partner version …
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Windows Blue is aimed at Intel ‘Haswell’ ultrabooks  —  Microsoft and Intel will deliver better power efficiency on devices running on Windows Blue.  —  Longer lasting Haswell ultrabooks are coming with Windows Blue.  —  Intel's upcoming Haswell chip will be tied to new technology coming …
More: PC World, WinBeta and Neowin
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: F.A.A. May Loosen Curbs on Fliers' Use of Electronics  —  If you're sitting on a plane at the gate and reading this column on an electronic gadget, you're about to hear eight dreaded words: “Please power down your electronic devices for takeoff.”
More: Marco.org and Engadget
Jason Shellen / TechCrunch:
The Evolution Of Google Reader Started With A Crash  —  Editor's note: Jason Shellen is a former Googler and founding product manager of Google Reader.  He is now co-founder at Boxer and advisor at Tapedeck.  Follow him on his blog and on Twitter @shellen.
More: AllThingsD and BetaNews
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Facebook Hires David Weekly For Platform  —  Facebook just dropped a love bomb on the app developers who play a crucial role in the social network's health, yet whose relationship with it is often fraught with tension.  —  The tension reliever's name is David Weekly, who starts work on Monday on the Facebook Platform team.
More: AllThingsDTweets: @dweekly, @hunterwalk and @joshelmanThanks:@jspepper
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg, Other Tech Execs to Form D.C. Advocacy Group  —  Mr. Zuckerberg is going to Washington.  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is involved in early efforts to form an issues advocacy organization in Washington D.C. in conjunction with other tech executives, according to people familiar with the matter.
More: SFGateTweets: @qthrul
Nick Arnott / iMore:
Anatomy of the Apple ID password reset exploit  —  When The Verge broke news of Apple's password reset vulnerability, they cited a step-by-step guide that detailed the process of exploiting the service.  They declined to link to the source for security reasons, and rightfully so.
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET:
Don't Glass and drive — lawmakers seek to ban Google Glass on the road  —  West Virginia lawmakers are already pouncing on the existence of Google Glass and introducing a bill that would prohibit drivers from making a spectacle of themselves.  —  Dabbling in politics can bring troubling consequences.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Unofficial tally indicates the Windows Store has passed the 50,000 app milestone  —  Today MetroStore Scanner (MSS) indicates that the Windows Store has passed the 50,000 application mark.  MSS, an unofficial tracker, has been generally accurate in the past.

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