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March 26, 2013, 4:50 AM

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Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Just do it, says Yahoo's teen app millionaire  —  (Reuters) - Got a tech idea and want to make a fortune before you're out of your teens?  Just do it, is the advice of the London schoolboy who's just sold his smartphone news app to Yahoo for a reported $30 million.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Spotify Plans To Take On Netflix And HBO With Streaming Video Service  —  Spotify, the on-demand music service, is planning a major change.  According to two sources briefed on the company's plans, Spotify intends to become an on-demand music and video service - one that would invest …
Paul Sloan / CNET:
Spotify tries to go mainstream, launches splashy ad campaign  —  The music service will launch its first ever ad-campaign tonight as it tries to speed up growth in the U.S.  —  From Spotify's first TV ad campaign  —  Spotify today is rolling out a major advertising blitz …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
T-Mobile will talk iPhone at tomorrow's event  —  CNET has confirmed that the iPhone will play a part at T-Mobile's ‘Uncarrier’ event.  —  Yep, T-Mobile will finally get the iPhone.  —  Apple's flagship device, long a gap in T-Mobile's smartphone line-up, will play a prominent role in tomorrow's …
Paul Mozur / Wall Street Journal:
Beijing Strikes Again at Apple  —  BEIJING—The Chinese Communist Party's main propaganda outlet assailed Apple Inc.'s customer-service practices, the latest indication that China might move to check foreign companies' domination of the country's smartphone market.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8 Mail update now available, Google Calendar support removed for existing users  —  Microsoft has started pushing out its latest Windows 8 Mail, Calendar, and People app updates to users today.  A little ahead of the schedule, the application updates are now available in the Windows Store …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's first quarter of negative income growth since 2003  —  It ends this week.  Investors might as well get ready for the negative headlines.  —  FORTUNE — The bad news is that every analyst we've surveyed — even the most bullish — believes that for the first time in a decade Apple …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
What, exactly, WiFiSLAM is, and why Apple acquired it  —  A couple of days ago the news broke that Apple had acquired indoor location startup WiFiSLAM.  Since the company immediately pulled its website and Apple isn't exactly forthcoming about its plans for its acquisitions, much of the chatter since then has been speculation.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
OS X app launcher Quicksilver ends its decade-long beta  —  After ten years, Quicksilver finally leaves beta with its version 1.0.0 release.  —  Quicksilver blog  —  After years of development, a shift from closed source to open source, and the advent of popular competitors like Alfred …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Potential Buyers Emerge For Hulu, Disney and News Corp. Still Talking  —  Two years ago, Hulu's corporate owners put the video site up for sale — and then took it off the block.  —  New version of a similar story: Hulu's corporate owners still aren't sure what they want to do with the site.
Tomio Geron / Forbes:
Sherpa, The Latest Personal Assistant App, Focuses On Location  —  Personal assistant apps are the latest flavor of utopian vision from tech startups.  The promise of these services is to sift through people's deluge of emails, documents and calendar events to extract actionable insights …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Among Big Properties, Apple and Amazon Have Greatest Portions of Mobile-Only Users  —  Thirty-five percent of U.S. visitors to Apple properties in February were mobile-only, compared to 22 percent for Amazon and Wikipedia, 17 percent for Facebook, 14 percent for Google, 11 percent for Yahoo and 5 percent for Microsoft.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
The Series A Bottleneck Grows Tighter, Fenwick Survey Shows  —  While the number of seed financing deals has ballooned over the last few years as the cost of starting a company has fallen, the pace of Series A venture deals hasn't kept up.  —  Now it looks like the bottleneck between …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Zynga CIO Debra Chrapaty Departs to Join Nirvanix as CEO  —  Zynga CIO Debra Chrapaty, who has also done high-ranking stints at other big companies such as Cisco and Microsoft, has been named CEO of enterprise cloud storage company Nirvanix.  —  She replaces Dru Borden …
Thomas Lee / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Best Buy poised to ax its venture capital unit  —  CEO Hubert Joly is focusing on more pressing issues, like reviving store sales.  —  Best Buy Co. Inc. is exiting the venture capital business.  —  Over the past five years, the company's venture capital unit — Best Buy Capital …
More: DealBook and ZDNet
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Mobile location data ‘present anonymity risk’  —  Location data may not seem personal in a crowded place - but a mobile user's path can give identity away  —  Scientists say it is remarkably easy to identify a mobile phone user from just a few pieces of location information.
More: GigaOM

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