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April 3, 2013, 7:00 PM

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Adam Barth / Chromium Blog:
Blink: A rendering engine for the Chromium project  —  WebKit is a lightweight yet powerful rendering engine that emerged out of KHTML in 2001.  Its flexibility, performance and thoughtful design made it the obvious choice for Chromium's rendering engine back when we started.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Forks WebKit And Launches Blink, A New Rendering Engine That Will Soon Power Chrome And Chrome OS  —  Google just announced that it is forking WebKit and launching this fork as Blink.  As Google describes it, Blink is “an inclusive open source community” and “a new rendering engine based on WebKit” …
Evleaks / 9to5Google:
Facebook Home offers a fresh take on Android UI (Photos)  —  It should come as little surprise to industry observers that Facebook plans to unveil both a rich, skinned version of its Android app at a press event tomorrow, along with the first hardware to run that experience out of the box.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Bitcoin wallet service Instawallet hacked, shuts down ‘indefinitely’  —  Updated at 12:57 p.m. with more detail about current Bitcoin prices.  —  Bitcoins are a hot commodity now, but are your Bitcoins actually safe?  Bitcoin wallet company Instawallet has suspended its service “indefinitely” after being hacked.
Felix Salmon / Medium:
The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency  —  A few days ago, the value of all the bitcoins in the world blew past $1 billion for the first time ever.  That's an impressive achievement, for a purely virtual currency backed by no central bank or other authority.
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Google to sell second-gen Nexus 7 tablet from July: sources  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc will launch a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet powered by Qualcomm Inc's Snapdragon processor around July, two sources told Reuters, as the software giant pushes deeper into the cut-price mobile hardware market.
Brendan Eich / The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla and Samsung Collaborate on Next Generation Web Browser Engine  —  Mozilla's mission is about advancing the Web as a platform for all.  At Mozilla Research, we're supporting this mission by experimenting with what's next when it comes to the core technology powering the Web browser.
Twitter Blog:
New mobile updates for Android, iPhone and mobile web  —  We just released a new version of Twitter for Android.  Its new design reflects a native Android experience: wider and taller timelines that fill the screen, a flat navigation bar, tap and hold for quick actions, and more.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Rdio launches Vdio social movie and TV service with an iPad app coming later today and $25 credit for Rdio subscribers  —  After being rumored for over a year, the movie and TV rental and purchase service Vdio soft-launched last night for premium Rdio subscribers in the US and UK.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
With New Weather Channel Deal, Twitter Aims to Make it Rain for Brands  —  Forecast: Cloudy, with a chance of promoted tweets.  —  Aiming to attract more big-brand ad dollars, Twitter and the Weather Company have a new deal to create custom content around weather-related Twitter activity.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Lodsys Targets Disney's 'Where's My Water?' and Others in New Round of Lawsuits Over In-App Purchasing  —  For nearly two years, we've been following the saga of patent troll Lodsys, which has been demanding licenses from and filing lawsuits against developers over in-app purchasing and related functionalities in their apps.
BBC:
Mobile phone celebrates 40th anniversary  —  The first mobile phone call was made 40 years ago today, on 3 April 1973.  —  Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival colleague at another telecoms company and announced he was speaking from “a ‘real’ cellular telephone”.
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
PayPal tests merchant financing as Kabbage raises debt  —  (Reuters) - EBay Inc's payments business, PayPal, already lends money to online shoppers, but it is now starting to finance the merchants who sell on the company's online marketplaces.  —  PayPal has already tested a financing program …
David Greelish / TIME:
An Interview with Computing Pioneer Alan Kay  —  Born in 1940, computer scientist Alan Curtis Kay is one of a handful of visionaries most responsible for the concepts which have propelled personal computing forward over the past thirty years — and surely the most quotable one.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
SimpleHoney Acquired By Payment Startup OpenCoin  —  SimpleHoney, a startup co-founded by Joyce Kim (who was previously CEO of Soompi.com and co-host of the GigaOm show) and Eric Nakagawa (creator of the I Can Has Cheezburger blog), just announced that it's being acquired by payment company OpenCoin.
Max Slater-Robins / Neowin:
Meet Gabriel Weinberg, the man taking on Google and Bing  —  In 1998, two college friends decided to build a method of analysing every website on the Internet to find the most relevant information when a user put in a small amount of text.  Their names were Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and they had just founded Google.
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Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
‘Linux of online learning’ gets stronger: edX and Stanford team up to build open source platform  —  In its mission to become the “Linux of online learning,” edX just got a powerful new partner.  On Wednesday, the Harvard and MIT-backed non-profit is set to announce that it's teaming …

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