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March 29, 2013, 11:45 PM

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Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Biting the hand that feeds you: why are record labels fighting Pandora?  —  Labels want streaming and web radio to grow the pie, but want their share too  —  A few years ago, leaders from the major record companies planted the seeds from which they hoped would spring the next generation of music distributors.
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Actually, Amazon Paid About $150 Million for Goodreads  —  According to sources, Amazon paid about $150 million for Goodreads, the popular books recommendation service.  But that number could close in on $200 million, if certain performance metrics are met.
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Demand Surges for Supercomputers  —  Demand is suddenly surging for the largest scientific computers, driven by technology changes seen in two powerful systems unveiled this week.  —  The supercomputers, installed in Illinois and Texas—each requiring about the space of a basketball court …
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
2020 Census will be done by Internet  —  Add paper census questionnaires to the long list of everyday items becoming quaint vestiges of tired technology, like landline phones, television armoires and butterfly ballots.  —  The Census Bureau already has started offering an Internet option …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Co-Founder And CTO Aaron Batalion To Leave The Company  —  Aaron Batalion, the co-founder and CTO of daily deals site LivingSocial, is leaving the company.  He announced his departure in a post on his personal blog published Friday afternoon.  —  Here is the full text of his blog post:
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Marissa Mayer Tells The Story Of Why She Became Yahoo CEO, Even Though She Was About To Have A Kid  —  Marissa Mayer told the story today of how she became Yahoo's CEO, even though she was pregnant.  —  It was part of Sheryl Sandberg's “Lean In” series, which promotes women talking about succeeding in life and business.
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Password denied: when will Apple get serious about security?  —  Customers need some real talk about how data is kept and accessed  —  Last Friday, The Verge revealed the existence of a dead-simple URL-based hack that allowed anyone to reset your Apple ID password with just your email address and date of birth.
More: Macworld, Tech.pinions and Cult of MacTweets: @reckless
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Change of heart?  IE11 might speed Web graphics with WebGL  —  A leaked build of Microsoft's next browser shows signs that the company could be reversing its opposition to a standard for accelerated 2D and 3D graphics on the Web.  —  Microsoft's next version of Internet Explorer might just support WebGL …
Eytan Bakshy / Facebook:
Showing Support for Marriage Equality on Facebook  —  The U.S. Supreme Court this week met to begin debating the future of same-sex marriage in the United States.  To accompany this historic event, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) started urging people on Monday, March 25 to change …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Bump your stalking skills with custom geofences in Apple's Find My Friends  —  Do you enjoy stalking your friends and family via Apple's Find My Friends app?  If you're a regular user of the “Notify Me” feature, which allows you to receive push alerts when a friend arrives or leaves a location …

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