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March 29, 2013, 3:25 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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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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.
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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 …
Rachel King / ZDNet:
eBay projects global commerce volume will be worth $300 billion in 2015  —  Summary: The online auction giant has set a major goal to more than double its total commerce and payment volume targets within the next two years.  —  eBay revealed a handful of multi-billion dollar goals it plans …

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