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April 5, 2013, 1:55 PM

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Facebook Home bothers me: It destroys any notion of privacy  —  One of the great things about attending Facebook's events is that one gets to see Mark Zuckerberg mature as a chief executive and hone his presentation skills.  And today, he didn't disappoint in his ability to spin the media corps.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Who's Going To Buy The Facebook Phone?  —  Facebook unveiled its long-awaited mobile phone platform today.  It is, as assumed, a Facebook “layer” on top of Google Android.  I haven't had a chance to use it yet, or even take a detailed look at the presentation.  But I can already see where it might be useful and popular.
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Jeff Bezos invests in Business Insider [Full Internal Memo]  —  Jeff Bezos has invested in Business Insider, according to an internal memo that has just been obtained.  Here's the memo from Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget: Team, I wanted to share the details of the financing we mentioned last night.
Steven Musil / CNET:
Samsung expects first-quarter profits of $7.7B, up 53 percent  —  The guidance is better than many analysts expected but breaks the company's string of five consecutive quarters of record profits.  —  Samsung Electronics expects to record an operating profit of 8.7 trillion won ($7.7 billion) …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung Electronics marketing blitz stirs debate over innovation  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics is spending more on marketing than R&D for the first time in at least three years, prompting some pundits to warn that the IT giant is sacrificing innovation at a time when the market is teeming with ever smarter gadgets.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Reasons for iOS outperformance in the US  —  The comScore mobiLens survey for the US ending February 2013 shows continuing rapid expansion of smartphone usage in the US.  Even though the 50% penetration threshold was passed seven months earlier, the rate of new smartphone users …
More: AllThingsD
Paul Sloan / CNET:
For labels, Apple's iRadio deal could be sweeter than Pandora  —  Apple is close to a deal with two major music labels to bring to life its streaming music service, which could pay labels better than Pandora does.  —  Apple is close to striking a streaming deal with two of the major music labels …
Joe Jerde / BlackBerryOS.com:
New Leaked Picture Of The BlackBerry R-Series Smartphone  —  Well, we have seen the L-Series (Z10), N-Series (Q10), and now we get a better look at the upcoming R-Series smartphone, or otherwise known as the BB10 Curve.  Last time we got a look at this device it was in a more grainy format.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Nokia launches its Music+ subscription service on Windows 8 and Windows RT  —  Nokia has launched its music streaming service Nokia Music as an app for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices today, giving desktop PC, laptop and tablet owners a new way to listen to an almost unlimited amount of albums and singles.
Neil McAllister / The Register:
WebKit devs on Blink fork: ‘Two can play that game’  —  Purge of Chrome-related code planned  —  Now that Google has announced that it will migrate its Chrome browser from the WebKit rendering engine to a homegrown fork called Blink, WebKit developers have already begun discussing how to remove Chrome-specific code from the project.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
T-Mobile USA Opens Pre-Orders For iPhone 5 Starting At $99.99, Shipping April 12  —  T-Mobile USA has now started online pre-orders for the iPhone 5 — the first time that the carrier will be offering the device.  Prices start at $99.99 for the 16GB models if you opt for a subsequent monthly payment plan …
Jo Best / ZDNet:
‘Android before Android’: The long, strange history of Symbian and why it matters for Nokia's future  —  Summary: When Nokia decided to ditch Symbian back in 2011, it effectively signed the OS' death warrant.  Is history now poised to repeat itself as Nokia squares up to Android in emerging markets?
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Jolla Adds Sailfish SDK Installers For Windows, OS X, Linux To Push More Developers To Build Native Apps For Its MeeGo Platform  —  Jolla, the Finnish startup that carried the MeeGo torch out of Nokia in order to light a fire under its own smartphone OS: Sailfish, has taken the next step in its platform play …
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