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March 28, 2013, 4:10 PM

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Google Open Source Blog:
Taking a stand on open source and patents  —  At Google we believe that open systems win.  Open-source software has been at the root of many innovations in cloud computing, the mobile web, and the Internet generally.  And while open platforms have faced growing patent attacks …
Sam Grobart / Businessweek:
How Samsung Became the World's No. 1 Smartphone Maker  —  I'm in a black Mercedes-Benz (DAI) van with three Samsung Electronics PR people heading toward Yongin, a city about 45 minutes south of Seoul.  Yongin is South Korea's Orlando: a nondescript, fast-growing city known for its tourist attractions …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Wal-Mart may get customers to deliver packages to online buyers  —  (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is considering a radical plan to have store customers deliver packages to online buyers, a new twist on speedier delivery services that the company hopes will enable it to better compete with Amazon.com Inc.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Starts Testing Google Shopping Express In SF, With Free Delivery From Target, Walgreens, Staples And More  —  Google is finally opening up its Google Shopping Express service to the public today, with the same day delivery service being made available as a test to select users …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry Posts Promising Q4 Results After BB10 Launch: EPS Of $0.22, Revenue Of $2.7B, ~1M Z10s Shipped  —  For the past year BlackBerry has been trying to prove to the world that it's not a mobile has-been just yet, and that all came to a head earlier this year when the company finally released …
Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Best Buy adding Samsung Stores in time for Galaxy S4 launch  —  Over the last two years, Best Buy stores have dramatically increased the number of smartphones and tablets they carry.  Starting next month, you may find that Best Buy employees are much more inclined to offer you a Samsung product …
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Judge Says Mathematical Algorithms Can't Be Patented, Dismisses Uniloc Claim Against Rackspace  —  A federal judge has thrown out a patent claim against Rackspace, ruling that mathematical algorithms can't be patented.  The ruling in the Eastern Disrict stemmed from a 2012 complaint filed …
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Windows Phone outsells iPhone in seven markets, BlackBerry in 26  —  Summary: Windows Phone has reached a milestone in seven markets - but is topping the Ukrainian charts really a big deal?  —  Liam Tung  —  Windows Phone handsets have outsold the iPhone in seven markets including India …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Analytics' real-time reports get events, shortcuts, comparisons, and filter by desktop/tablet/mobile  —  Google has updated the real-time reports in its Analytics service with four improvements.  As a Google Analytics user, you can now analyze events in real-time …
Business Wire:
Amazon.com to Acquire Goodreads  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, a leading site for readers and book recommendations that helps people find and share books they love.  —  “Amazon and Goodreads share a passion for reinventing reading …
Brent Simmons / inessential.com:
Why Developers Shouldn't Use iCloud Syncing, Even If It Worked  —  Yesterday the Verge posted Apple's broken promise: why doesn't iCloud ‘just work’?  —  It's not the first article on the topic — bits and pieces of this issue have come up before.  But The Verge did an excellent job putting it all together.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
The Messaging Apps Taking on Facebook, Phone Giants  —  On a recent Saturday, Johan Dijkland, a 23-year-old student in Emmen, Netherlands, opened a free messaging app called Line on his iPhone.  Then he tapped on a virtual sticker of a sleepy panda with a “good night” speech bubble and pressed send to a friend.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Despite Google patent efforts, VP8 no shoo-in for Web video  —  Nokia refuses to license patents it says are needed to use Google's video technology, sullying Google's earlier patent deal.  But WebRTC could still spread VP8 widely, lowering Web video costs for startups and schools.

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