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March 29, 2013, 12:50 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Reveal “Home On Android” Sources Say Is A Modified OS On HTC At 4/4 Event  —  Facebook just invited press to an event at its headquarters on April 4th to “Come See Our New Home On Android”.  Sources tell us it will be a modified version of the Android operating system …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Google:
Facebook smartphone with HTC launching soon, ad campaign in the works  —  Follow years of rumors and speculation, Facebook is finally readying an entry into the mobile phone market.  The social network is again hooking up with HTC which will design the hardware.
NYT Bits:
New Android Smartphone Is Said to Favor Facebook  —  Facebook will introduce a special version of Google's Android software system next week that is modified to put the social network front and center on a smartphone.  The software will debut on a handset made by HTC, said a Facebook employee who was briefed on the product.
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
New Windows 8 hardware specs hint at 7-inch tablets and a Microsoft Reader  —  Summary: A quiet change in the logo requirements for new Windows 8 devices allows Microsoft's hardware partners to build new devices that would compete with popular 7- and 8-inch tablets like the iPad Mini, Kindle Fire HD, and Google Nexus 7.
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com to Acquire Goodreads  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: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 …
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
OUYA available at retail on June 4 for $99  —  The Android-powered $99 OUYA game console becomes available at retail on June 4th — a date which was revealed this week during the Game Developers Conference.  OUYA's calling June 4th its “official launch date,” despite Kickstarter backers receiving units starting this month.
Hollywood Reporter:
State-Owned Chinese Film Studio Sues Apple  —  Shanghai Animation Film Studio claims the Cupertino-based tech giant sold its films in the iTunes store without proper permission.  —  A State-owned Chinese animation studio has filed suit against Apple in a Beijing court …
Paul Ford / Businessweek:
Bitcoin May Be the Global Economy's Last Safe Haven  —  One of the oddest bits of news to emerge from the economic collapse of Cyprus is a corresponding rise in the value of Bitcoin, the Internet's favorite, media-friendly, anarchist crypto-currency.  In Spain, Google (GOOG) searches for “Bitcoin” and downloads of Bitcoin apps soared.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google shows interest in ASM.js, Mozilla's plan for fast Web apps  —  A Chrome programmer seeks support for a new Mozilla technology to bridge the C and JavaScript languages — even though Google has competing ideas.  —  At least some at Google want to embrace a Mozilla-backed project …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Watch out, internet: Dave Winer is back in the business of making blogging tools  —  He may not have the same kind of public profile as the teenaged founder who sold his company to Yahoo for $30 million, or the founders of hot apps like SnapChat or Instagram, but Dave Winer has done a lot …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Biz Stone Is Poised to Launch New Mobile Startup Called Jelly  —  According to sources, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is close to launching a new startup called Jelly, which one person called a “native mobile” effort.  —  While it's not clear exactly what that means, sources …
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 …
Fred Wilson / A VC:
When Things Don't Work Out  —  I have said many times that early stage VC is a lot like baseball, if you get a hit one out of every three times, you are headed to the hall of fame.  And if I look back over my career, and also over the track records of the firms and funds I have helped manage …
Paul Mozur / Wall Street Journal:
China to Tighten Oversight on Apple  —  BEIJING—A Chinese regulator said it would heighten supervision over Apple Inc.'s consumer-rights practices as state media continued to attack the company over its after-sales practices.  —  The State Administration for Industry and Commerce …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Well-Funded Gaming Startup Booyah Confirms Layoffs And New CEO Brian Morrisroe As It Shifts Focus To Tablets  —  It looks like some changes are afoot at Booyah, the location-based gaming company best known as the maker of the MyTown franchise.  MyTown and MyTown 2 attempted to evolve …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
EBay Says It Is ‘Now Playing Offense’  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—EBay Inc. is aiming to nearly double the active-user count on its eBay.com marketplace over the next three years, as well as the volume of payments processed by its PayPal unit.  —  The once-beleaguered e-commerce company also forecast a big jump in revenue by 2015.

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