March 23, 2013, 12:25 PM

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Blackstone Group Said to Submit Proposal to Buy Dell  —  Blackstone Group LP submitted a tentative offer late yesterday to acquire Dell Inc. (DELL), rivaling a $24.4 billion offer from a group led by Silver Lake Management LLC and company founder Michael Dell, a person familiar with the matter said.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Opens Universal Analytics Beta To All, Creates A Single Analytics Platform For Tracking Online And Offline Interactions  —  Last October, Google announced the limited beta of Universal Analytics, an effort to bring new features like cross-platform and mobile app analytics …
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Embrace, extend, extinguish: How Google crushed and abandoned the RSS industry  —  Summary: Most of the commentary I've read so far about the loss of Google Reader has been about its use as an RSS client.  But that's a red herring.  The real victims were companies that had planned in 2005 and 2006 to build RSS sync engines.
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:
Deaf, Blind Sue Over Web Shopping  —  Advocates for Disabled Say Netflix, Target Are Legally Obligated to Make Sites Easier to Navigate  —  Commerce has moved online.  Now, the disability lawsuits are following.  —  Advocates for disabled Americans have declared that companies …
More: The Verge and VentureBeatTweets: @wsj
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
In symbolic vote, Senate signals support for letting states collect taxes on Internet sales  —  WASHINGTON - Advocates of an effort to help states collect taxes on Internet sales won a symbolic but important victory Friday as the Senate signaled solid bipartisan support for the proposal.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Inside ‘Apple Anonymous’: The Secret Society of Apple's Retail Army  —  Walk into any one of Apple's more than 400 retail stores across the globe and you will receive customer service that is typically unmatched in the consumer electronics industry.  The experience that an Apple Store customer receives …
More: Fortune and iMoreThanks:@apollozac
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Facebook Turns Off Website Internally To Force Mobile Development  —  Just how important is mobile to Facebook?  According to Facebook product manager Josh Williams, the former CEO of Gowalla, the social network's push toward mobility is crucial enough to its strategy to turn off Facebook's website internally.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Cleared of Infringing Google Patents With Xbox  —  Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox video-gaming system doesn't violate the patent rights of Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Motorola Mobility unit, a U.S. trade judge said today.  —  In a one-paragraph notice, U.S. International Trade Commission Judge David Shaw sided with Microsoft in the case.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Barnes & Noble is prepared to give you a free e-reader if it means you'll buy the NOOK HD+ tablet  —  Barnes & Noble is so desperate to sell its flagship NOOK HD+ tablet, that it's now prepared to throw in a NOOK Simple Touch e-reader for free.  —  The company, which is known for its chain …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Crowdfunding Platform Crowdtilt Lands $12M From Sean Parker, Andreessen & More; Now Acquiring To Expand Into Mobile  —  After graduating from Y Combinator, Crowdtilt launched in February of last year to become “the Kickstarter for any group.”  More specifically, the startup has been on a mission …

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