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April 10, 2013, 9:00 AM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's Ouster of AppGratis Is Just the Start of an App Store Crackdown  —  Simon Dawlat, founder of AppGratis — the app-discovery application removed from the iTunes App Store this week for developer guideline violations — says he's “in total disbelief” at Apple's action.  And it's hard to blame him.
More: TechCrunch
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Facebook Home review: are people more important than apps?  —  Facebook invades Android with a new lockscreen and a new chat experience  —  On April 12th, the much-vaunted Facebook Phone will arrive — but it's not a phone at all.  Facebook Home, as its called, is a couple of pieces …
Florence Ion / Ars Technica:
HTC First review: Don't call it the Facebook phone  —  Last week at Facebook headquarters, CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg officially announced Facebook Home, a small suite of applications that users can install on their Android devices to essentially “Facebook-ize” their phones.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Intel wants to kill the traditional server rack with 100Gbps links  —  If Intel gets its way, old-school server racks will go the way of the dinosaurs.  —  David Monniaux  —  Intel is working to replace the traditional server rack with a more efficient architecture that separates CPU …
Steven Musil / CNET:
CBS joins Fox in considering subscription-only model  —  CBS CEO Les Moonves applauds News Corp. exec's comments, telling the New York Times that the network was considering cutting its over-the-air signal in the New York area.  —  Another television network has joined the broadcaster backlash following …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
OS X 10.8.4 code confirms new Macs incoming with super-fast 802.11ac Gigabit wireless support  —  Apple is preparing to soon release new Mac computers that support super-fast 802.11ac Gigabit wireless, according to code-findings inside of Apple's latest OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 beta seed to developers.
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Hon Hai first quarter sales down as iPhone disappoints  —  (Reuters) - Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, the main manufacturer of Apple Inc products, posted a 19 percent decline in sales in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, hurt by disappointing demand for the iPhone.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
YAHOO SOURCE: Here's The Real Reason Marissa Mayer Bought A 17-Year-Old's Startup For $30 Million  —  Back in March, Yahoo bought a startup called Summly for $30 million.  —  Before Yahoo shut it down, Summly was a news aggregation app for smartphones.  —  The deal got a lot of attention …
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
T-Mobile USA Sweetens iPhone 5 Deal With Trade-In Program  —  T-Mobile USA, the struggling phone carrier, really wants you to switch to its network — so badly that it will give you a break on a brand-new iPhone in exchange for an old one.  —  The company said on Wednesday that when it begins selling …
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo, Apple Discuss Deeper iPhone Partnership  —  Yahoo Inc. and Apple Inc. are getting cozier.  —  The two companies have been discussing how more of Yahoo services can play a prominent role on Apple's iPhone and iPad, people briefed on the matter said.  —  Data from Yahoo Finance …
Milo Medin / Google Fiber Blog:
Google Fiber's Next Stop: Austin, Texas  —  We know that your time is valuable and so we've always focused on speed — from search to Gmail, Chrome to Android.  Two years ago, we announced that we'd be bringing Google Fiber to Kansas City to show what's possible with super fast Internet access …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
James Kanter / New York Times:
World's Tech Companies Look to Brussels to Resolve Antitrust Complaints  —  BRUSSELS — When the European competition commissioner needs to communicate with the chairman of Google, he doesn't have to send an emissary or even pick up the phone.  —  Joaquín Almunia sometimes sends Eric E. Schmidt a text.
More: TechCrunch
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
48% of U.S. teens own an iPhone.  62% plan to buy one.  —  23% are looking to buy an Android phone, up from 22% last fall.  —  FORTUNE — The results of Piper Jaffray's 25th bi-annual teen survey came in Tuesday afternoon.  Once again, it showed Apple (AAPL) to be the most desired brand …
Stephen Hackett / 512 Pixels:
Looking Back at the Future: A Preview of the Apple Pop-Up Museum  —  As I walked through the glass door to be the offices behind of what used to be an Atlanta-area CompUSA store, those six familiar colors filled my vision.  —  The store is being temporarily brought back to life …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Google Play Music arrives in 7 more countries, including New Zealand, Australia, Austria, and Ireland  —  Google is expanding its service coverage of its music service.  We initially heard reports of the nearly two-year old service being available in Australia and New Zealand.
Kelly Faircloth / Betabeat:
Tumblr Kills Storyboard; Editorial Employees Will Be ‘Moving On’  —  Tumblr's Mr. Karp (Photo: wikipedia.org)  —  We've seen some late-afternoon news dumps, but this takes the cake: Tumblr CEO David Karp just announced that the company is shutting down Storyboard, the editorial experiment meant …
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Hands on: Chrome for iOS adds full-screen, save to PDF  —  Google recently reheated the browser wars with the announcement that it would be switching rendering engines for Chrome.  But despite iOS's prohibition on non-WebKit-based browsers, the search giant isn't letting its version of Chrome for Apple's mobile platform languish.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Coinsetter Lands $500K From SecondMarket Founder & Others To Help Bring Leverage, Shorting To Bitcoin Trade  —  Today, Coinsetter, a New York City-based startup looking to launch a new Forex trading platform for Bitcoin, announced today that it has raised $500,000 in seed capital.
More: BGR, CNET and BuzzFeed
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Next to Use 3-D Printing: Your Surgeon  —  Surgeons at a hospital in Japan recently faced a dilemma before transplanting a parent's liver into a child: How exactly to trim the organ to fit the space in the child's smaller cavity while preserving its functions.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Can you find me now?  How carriers sell your location and get away with it  —  Companies are selling ‘anonymized’ location data left and right — but do they know how to keep it private?  —  Check your cell phone contract, and you might come across the following turn of phrase: “We do not sell your personal information.”
More: DSLreports
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Boxee rebrands new device as Cloud DVR, tones down cord cutting rhetoric  —  Okay, I didn't see this coming: Boxee has rebranded its new consumer electronics device just five months after it first became available.  The $100 device, which combines live TV and cloud DVR functionality with apps like Netflix …

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