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April 4, 2013, 4:20 PM

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Facebook Newsroom:
Introducing Home  —  Today we're introducing Home - a new way to turn your Android phone into a great, living, social phone.  We all want to share and connect.  That's how we discover new information and build meaningful relationships.  But today, phones are built around tasks and apps.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
HTC and Facebook announce the First smartphone with AT&T, arriving April 12th for $99.99  —  HTC and Facebook have just announced the First, a new smartphone that puts Facebook front and center and runs on AT&T's network.  Despite its name, the First isn't the first device that Facebook …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Facebook Home revamps any Android phone to make it about ‘people, not apps’  —  Facebook's throwing its hat in the Android ring in a big, big way.  Today at an event at the company's campus in California, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook Home, a deep software integration with Android that puts Facebook services front and center.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Zuckerberg: Home is the ‘next version of Facebook,’ not heading to iOS anytime soon  —  Like what you've seen so far of Home, Facebook's newly announced UI for Android devices?  Well, get used to it because, according to Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it's the “next version of Facebook.”
CNET:
Apple's iMessage encryption trips up feds' surveillance  —  Internal document from the Drug Enforcement Administration complains that messages sent with Apple's encrypted chat service are “impossible to intercept,” even with a warrant.  —  Encryption used in Apple's iMessage chat service …
Peter Burrows / Businessweek:
Apple's Campus 2 Shapes Up as an Investor Relations Nightmare  —  At what turned out to be his last public appearance, Steve Jobs stood before the Cupertino City Council on June 7, 2011, to present plans for a new corporate campus for Apple (AAPL).  Scarecrow thin but forceful as ever …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPad price cuts: A signal Apple is about to release new ones  —  WalMart, BestBuy and MacMall have all lowered their prices on iPads and iPad minis.  —  FORTUNE — It's only been 163 days since Apple (AAPL) introduced the iPad mini and updated its full-size iPad line …
Rob Isaac / prng.net:
A Short Translation from Bulls**t to English of Selected Portions of the Google Chrome Blink Developer FAQ  —  1 Why is Chrome spawning a new browser engine?  The WebKit maintainers wouldn't let us attack Apple directly, by changing WebKit in ways that would make it perform badly on OS X and iOS.
AppleInsider:
Apple adds age rating tags to iOS App Store descriptions  —  In a slight tweak to the App Store, Apple recently began highlighting apps' recommended age ratings by adding a small informational box located directly below a title's developer credits, possibly in response to growing concern from parents over in-app content.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Anonymous takes control of North Korea's Twitter and Flickr accounts, defaces websites  —  North Korea's official Twitter and Flickr accounts have been hacked and two of its main websites defaced, in hacker group Anonymous's latest efforts to disrupt the communist county's online presence.
Casey Chan / Gizmodo:
Holy Crap, Is This Mark Zuckerberg's Embarrassing Childhood Angelfire Website?  —  The word on the interwebs today is that this 1999 Angelfire page belongs to one Mark Zuckerberg.  Yes, that Mark Zuckerberg, which means this could be the very first website that the hoody that made Facebook ever created.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile Says It Gained 579,000 Customers Last Quarter Amid Strategy Shift  —  T-Mobile USA late on Wednesday released some preliminary first-quarter results that it says show its turnaround efforts are starting to take hold.  —  The company said that its total customer base grew to 34 million …
eMarketer:
Facebook to See Three in 10 Mobile Display Dollars This Year  —  Mobile advertising will reach $7.29 billion in 2013, and Google will take home more than half of it  —  Following explosive entrances by Facebook and Twitter to the marketplace, as well as a strong performance from Google …

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